MALIBU, Calif. - With 13 matches in the books, the #5 Pepperdine men’s volleyball team opens the second half of MPSF action this weekend with contests at Pacific and Stanford. The Waves defeated both opposing squads the first time around back in January inside Firestone Fieldhouse.
MATCH 14 - Friday (March 1) at Spanos Center: #5 Pepperdine (8-5, 8-5 MPSF) at #15 Pacific (5-7, 3-7 MPSF) at 7 p.m.
MATCH 15 - Saturday (March 2) at Maples Pavilion: #5 Pepperdine vs. #4 Stanford (10-6, 7-6 MPSF) at 7 p.m.
COVERAGE - Live stats and video will be available, free of charge, for both matches this weekend. Visit the Pepperdine men’s volleyball schedule page for links to stats, video and audio coverage.
LOOKING BACK - The Waves opened the week with a dominating 3-0 triumph vs. UC Santa Barbara, bringing their home win streak to six ... UCLA snapped that streak when it issued Pepperdine a 3-0 loss inside Firestone Fieldhouse on Saturday night ... Maurice Torres terminated 18 kills against the Gauchos, while Josh Taylor led the offense vs. the Bruins with 10 kills ... The Waves’ defense with nearly impenetrable on Tuesday ... Pepperdine posted nine blocks in the opening set vs. UCSB and finished the night with 15.5 roofs ... Parker Kalmbach -- who ranks second in the MPSF and leads the NCAA in block average -- accounted for eight of those blocks, followed by Nikola Antonijevic with seven.
LOOKING AHEAD - Following the trip to the Northern California, Pepperdine returns to Firestone Fieldhouse to host a three-match home stand ... The slate includes Hope International -- the Waves’ lone non-conference opponent in 2013 -- on Friday, March 8 ... The following week brings UC Irvine and UC San Diego to Malibu on Tuesday, March 12 and Friday, March 15, respectively.
NOTING THE WAVES - This will be the 1,035th and 1,036th matches in Pepperdine history ... The Waves are 637-330 all time ... In conference play the Waves are 442-253 and 237-136 in MPSF action ... Marv Dunphy boasts a career record of 474-233 ... The Waves are 338-112 when playing inside Firestone Fieldhouse ... The Waves are 206-108 all-time during the month of March.
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE - Pepperdine was a perfect 6-0 when playing inside Firestone Fieldhouse before UCLA snapped that streak on Feb. 23 ... Despite the loss, the Waves typically play very well at home and average 12.65 kills, 12.27 assists, 1.31 aces, 7.88 digs and 2.85 blocks while hitting .334 in Malibu.
PACIFIC - The Tigers are 5-7 in 2013 and 3-7 in MPSF play ... Pacific is on a four-match losing streak ... Pepperdine and Pacific played back in January during the Waves’ home opener ... Pepperdine prevailed 3-0 and hit .417 in the match ... The Tigers are led by Taylor Hughes who averages 3.64 kills/set ... Adam Troy follows with 2.75 kills/set ... Pacific is 4-2 when playing at home.
STANFORD - The Cardinal is 10-6 overall and tied for fifth place in the conference with a 7-6 record ... Stanford is 7-1 at home and is 1-4 vs. teams ranked in the top five ... Their lone top-five victory was a 3-1 decision vs. UCLA when then Bruins were listed at #4 ... Stanford is led by Brian Cook’s 4.13 kills/set followed by Steven Irvin’s 3.25 average ... The Cardinal opened its three-match week with a 3-1 win over Cal Baptist on Monday.
SERIES SCORE - Pepperdine leads the series score against Pacific 24-3 ... The Waves are 10-3 vs. the Tigers when playing in Stockton ... Pepperdine is 45-21 all-time vs. Stanford but holds just an 18-12 edge when playing in Palo Alto ... Although the Waves won the last meeting against the Cardinal, Stanford won six in a row prior to that.
MPSF LEADERS - Matt West leads the MPSF with 11.02 assists/set and ranks seventh in aces (0.33) ... Parker Kalmbach ranks second in the league with a 1.44 blocks/set average and ranks eighth with a .418 hitting percentage ... Maurice Torres ranks third in kills (4.23), second in points (4.98) and 12th in aces (0.29) ... Nikola Antonijevic averages 1.10 blocks/set to rank 12th.
MPSF TEAM STATS - As a team, the Waves rank third in the league in hitting percentage (.313) and fifth in assists (12.00) ... Pepperdine also ranks second in blocks (2.98), fifth in kills (12.54), ninth in opponent hitting percentage (.272) and fourth in service aces (1.21).
NCAA RANKS - Matt West’s 11.02 assists/set ranks second in the NCAA ... Parker Kalmbach leads the NCAA in blocks (1.44) ... Maurice Torres ranks third in kills (4.23) ... As a team, Pepperdine ranks third in the country in blocks (2.98), third in hitting percentage (.313) and sixth in assists (12.00).
RANKINGS - Pepperdine is currently listed at #5 in the AVCA Coaches’ Top-15 Poll.
TORRES - Maurice Torres, the Waves’ kills leader the past three seasons, enters his senior campaign with high expectations ... He has surpassed double digit kill totals in all but one match this season including four 20+ kill performances ... He registered a season-high 23 kills against BYU (Feb. 15) ... Versus Pacific (Jan. 18), he set a new career-record in hitting percentage after tagging down 11 kills while hitting .714 ... Against USC (Feb. 1) he reached the 1,300 kills and 500 digs plateau ...Torres was an AVCA All-American second team selection in 2012 and made the first team in the All-MPSF conference awards.
1,300 K/500 D - With his first of 15 kills and last of nine digs vs. USC (Feb. 1), Maurice Torres reached the 1,300 kills and 500 digs career milestones ... He is just one of seven Waves to have ever reached both plateaus ... Other former players to have achieved the feat include Scott Wong (1,700 k/807 d), George Roumain (2,394 k/620 d), Paul Carroll (2,101 k/624 d), Matt Rigg (1,539 k/692 d), Fred Winters (1,525 k/602 d) and Sean Rooney (2,007 k/629 d).
WEST - Matt West is in his second year managing the Waves’ offense ... West was an All-MPSF honorable mention as a freshman and ranked second in the NCAA and the league with 11.38 assists/set ... West, who made use of a float serve last season, has transitioned to a tough jump serve and the change has paid dividends ... He currently leads Pepperdine with 16 service aces and ranks seventh in the conference with a 0.33 aces/set average ... USC (Feb. 1) was only able to sideout at a 48-percent rate when West was serving ... He leads the league and ranks second in the country with 11.02 assists/set in 2013.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE - Josh Taylor recorded his first-ever double-double on Sunday, Jan. 20 vs. Stanford ... The sophomore was credited with 13 kills and a career-best 11 digs ... It was the first kills-digs double-double by any Wave in 2013 ... Maurice Torres registered two kills-digs double doubles this season, first against Cal Baptist (Feb. 13), and again versus BYU (Feb. 15) ... Against the Cougars, Torres earned his double-double with season highs in kills (23) and digs (12) .. Parker Kalmbach earned his first double-double on Friday, Feb. 8 at Cal State Northridge after recording a career-high 13 kills and 10 blocks.
DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK - Parker Kalmbach, who missed all of 2012 recovering from major back surgery, is back in 2013 and has made an immediate impact ... After serving as an outside hitter in 2011, Kalmbach now starts in the middle ... He averages an NCAA-best 1.44 blocks/set and delivered a phenomenal 10-block performance against UC San Diego on Jan. 12 and again at Cal State Northridge on Feb. 8 ... He also pounds down 1.90 kills/set.
ON THE OUTSIDE - Josh Taylor and Kyle Gerrans opened 2013 as the two starting outside hitters ... With Gerrans’ on the disabled list, Scott Rhein has taken over his spot on the outside ... Taylor, who ranked second behind Torres in 2012 with 3.52 kills/set, currently averages 3.02 kills/set as a sophomore ... Gerrans, who prior to this season has seen limited front row time, averaged 2.00 kills/set before going down with an ankle injury vs. BYU (Feb. 15) ... Rhein came off the bench against the Cougars and tallied a season-high nine kills and five blocks ... Rhein has averaged 2.00 kills/set since Feb. 15 and 1.04 kills/set on the season.
CHECK THE RECORD - In Pepperdine’s career record book, Maurice Torres has made his mark in several categories ... He ranks eighth in career kills with 1,420 ... His 113 service aces rank eighth ... Matt West’s assist total of 1,872 ranks seventh all-time.
Marv Dunphy - Now in his 30th season as head coach of the Waves, Marv Dunphy has time and again proven himself to be one of the top teachers in the sport. He has directed Pepperdine to four NCAA championships, each in a different decade (1978, 1985, 1992, 2005). He was the 2005 National Coach of the Year and is a three-time MPSF Coach of the Year. He entered the 2013 season with a career record of 532-229* (.699). Dunphy has long been involved with USA Volleyball, having been part of the coaching staff at six Olympics, including head coach of the 1988 team and consultant coach for the 2008 squad, both of which won gold. He has been inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame (1994), AVCA Hall of Fame (2009) and the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame (2010).
PRESEASON MPSF POLL - With 113 points, the Waves were picked to finished third in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in a preseason vote of the league’s 13 coaches. UC Irvine tallied the most points with 143, closely followed by BYU with 134.
MOST IMPROVED - Pepperdine ended the 2012 campaign with an eighth-place finish in the MPSF standings and at #10 in the AVCA poll. The Waves are picked to be the most improved team in 2013, as evidence by the MPSF preseason poll and the AVCA preseason rankings, where Pepperdine appeared at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.
NEW GUYS - Pepperdine added two true freshmen, a redshirt freshmen and a redshirt sophomore to the 2013 roster ... Middle blocker Leonardo Granato (MB) comes to Pepperdine by way of Pierce Junior College, while opposite side hitter J.J. Mosolf spend a redshirt season at Hawaii before transferring ... The Waves’ two true freshmen include Vincent Rios (L) and Kyle Suppes (MB).
2012 POSTSEASON AWARDS - Maurice Torres earned a spot on the All-MPSF first team roster ... Matt Pollock and Matt West were named to the honorable mention team ... West, Matt Tarantino and Josh Taylor accounted for three of the six spots on the all-freshman list ... Torres was also named a second team All-American by both the AVCA and Volleyball Magazine.
VOLLEYBALL HISTORY - Pepperdine has won five NCAA men’s volleyball championships, second only to UCLA. The Waves have won the MPSF Tournament three times and have won or shared nine regular-season conference titles. Pepperdine has won either an MPSF regular-season or tournament title in seven of the last 13 seasons. The Waves have finished in the top six in the final AVCA poll in each of the last 13 seasons. Pepperdine student-athletes have won national player of the year honors eight times and All-American accolades 76 times. A Pepperdine alum has competed for the U.S. at the Olympics every time since 1984 (Sean Rooney won gold in 2008).
ABOUT PEPPERDINE - Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won NCAA Division I championships in five different men’s sports - one of just 16 schools to have accomplished this feat - and nine overall. Of this elite group, Pepperdine has the smallest enrollment and is the only school not in a major conference. Located in scenic Malibu, Calif., the university overlooks the Pacific Ocean and its campus and athletic facilities are regularly voted among the nation’s most beautiful. Pepperdine, which is affiliated with the Church of Christ, ranks #54 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s best colleges.