Feb. 12, 2004
Complete Pepperdine Game Notes
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Waves (7-2, 3-2) vs. CSUN (8-5, 4-4)
Fri., Feb. 13 * 7:00 PM (PST)
The Matadome * Northridge, Calif.
BRIEFLY The fourth-ranked Pepperdine men's volleyball team journeys to Cal State Northridge this week to battle the No. 6 Matadors Friday at 7 p.m. The Waves enter the contest with a 7-2 overall and 3-2 MPSF record while CSUN brings an 8-5 overall and 4-4 conference record. Pepperdine's defensive specialist, James Ka, leads the MPSF and is second in the nation in digs per game after averaging 2.67 per contest. As a team, the Waves are third in the NCAA in hitting percentage with a .368 average clip. Winters owns a second-best points per game average (5.76) in the conference.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE WAVES The men fell two spots in the latest USA Today/AVCA poll this week (second to fourth). As a team, Pepperdine controls every statistical category with ease and averages almost twice the number of blocks per game (3.36 to 1.62). Nationally, Winters averages a third-best 5.04 kills per game and setter John Mayer owns a third-best 13.93 assist per game. In conference play, Winters and Sean Rooney (4.82) are third and fourth in kills per game, respectively, and Mayer is second is assists. Pepperdine sits in fourth place in the MPSF, back two games from No. 1 UCLA and No. 3 BYU who lead with a 5-1 record. The Matadors will be the sixth Top 10 team Pepperdine has faced this year.
A LOOK BACK: Junior outside hitter Sean Rooney and senior Fred Winters each recorded double-digit kills to lead the second-ranked Pepperdine Waves to a 3-0 victory over visiting seventh-ranked Stanford in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) match Saturday night at Firestone Fieldhouse. The Waves won the match in one hour and 18 minutes by scores of 30-27, 30-21, and 30-27 to improve to 7-2 overall and 3-2 in MPSF play.
POLL-VAULTING: After holding steady at the No. 1 spot for three weeks, the Waves dropped to No. 2 last week and after a loss to Long Beach State last Wednesday, Pepperdine came in at No. 4 in the latest poll released Tuesday.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: Cal State Northridge Cal State Northridge enters Friday's contest with an 8-5 overall and 4-4 MPSF record. The Matadors were upset, 3-0, by unranked USC Wednesday in the Matadome. The scores were: 30-27, 30-27, and 30-28. For Northridge, Scott Arneson had a team-high 16 kills and hit .423, while Brian Waite was the only other Matador to reach double figures with 14 kills. Arneson had 12 kills in game one, but was held to four kills in game two and did not play in game three. Dan Rhodes came on in game three and had four kills, but hit just .200. Ty Tramblie had a team-high 28 assists and Doug English recorded a match-high nine digs.
KING JAMES: Pepperdine libero James Ka continues to reign as dig leader of the MPSF conference after recording 2.88 digs per game in conference play. Meanwhile, the Hawai'i native is second in the NCAA with 2.67 per game. He sits behind Findlay's Scott Monroe who earned 2.89 per game.
ON DECK: The Waves will continue 2004 campaign with two matches next week. First up is UC San Diego Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. followed by a 5:00 Saturday contest at UC Santa Barbara.
COACHES CORNER: Widely recognized as one of the game's premier coaches, Dr. Marv Dunphy has directed Pepperdine to three NCAA men's volleyball titles during his 20 seasons as the Waves' head coach. Dunphy returned to Pepperdine in October of 2000 following a 17-month sabbatical after serving as an assistant coach with the U.S. National Team at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Pepperdine enjoyed one of its best-ever seasons in 2002, compiling an overall record of 29-5 and advancing to the NCAA title match before losing a four-game decision to Hawaii. Last year in 2003, the Waves completed the season 24-6 and clinched the MPSF regular season title for the second consecutive season.
DID YOU KNOW . . .
*John Mayer set up his 400th assist during Fred Winters' 115th kill of the season?
* In the MPSF, the Waves best game is the third one where they win by an average of 3.0 points?
*Pepperdines lowest showing is the second and fourth game where the margin of victory/defeat is +2.2 (game two) and -4.25 in game four?
*The last time the Waves faced CSUN on March 7, 2003, Rooney had 16 kills and a match-high 19.0 points while Andy Hein contributed five blocks.
*Fred Winters is third in the nation in points per game after averaging 5.76?
* In a questionnaire, almost all of the members of the Pepperdine squad sited the coach, tradition of the program, and location as the main reasons for attending the school?