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Waves Fall at UCLA in Kilgour Cup


LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Freshman outside hitter Cory Riecks put down a season-high 24 kills but the #5 Pepperdine men’s volleyball team fell at #4 UCLA in four games (30-28, 30-24, 22-30, 30-26) on Saturday night in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match.


The match was the 31st annual Kilgour Cup, honoring the late Kirk Kilgour who was an outstanding player at UCLA and also served as Pepperdine’s head coach from 1979-81.


The Waves (5-5, 5-5) lost to the Bruins (9-4, 6-3) for the second time in two weeks. They were again without All-American opposite Paul Carroll (Forster, Australia), who missed his eighth consecutive match with a fractured hand. Pepperdine is 3-5 without Carroll.


Riecks (Auburn, Calif./Placer HS) hit .385 and added five digs. Junior outside hitter Matt McKee (Aurora, Ill./Aurora West HS) had 16 kills and eight blocks. Senior setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge HS) had 49 assists and eight digs. Junior middle blocker Eric Liebert (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) added 11 blocks.


UCLA got 18 kills apiece from Sean O’Malley and Garrett Muagututia.


Pepperdine actually outhit UCLA, .257 to .244, and had a 16-9 edge on blocks.


After four straight road matches, the Waves return home to host Long Beach State on Wednesday (Feb. 16) at 7 p.m.




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