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Waves Win at USC in Four Games


LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The fifth-ranked Pepperdine men’s volleyball team received 26 kills from junior opposite Paul Carroll and rallied to win at eighth-ranked USC in four games (24-30, 30-24, 30-23, 30-26) in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play on Friday night at the Galen Center.


The Waves won their third straight match since Carroll returned from a hand injury and improved to 8-5 overall and 8-5 in the MPSF. USC dropped to 9-9, 6-7.


Carroll (Forster, Australia), a returning All-American first teamer, hit .488 on 41 swings and added seven block assists. Senior setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge HS), last season’s national player of the year, had 50 assists and directed Pepperdine to a .424 hitting percentage.


Junior outside hitter J.D. Schleppenbach (Ventura, Calif./Ventura HS) had 13 kills while junior middle blocker Eric Liebert (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) had 10 kills and six block assists.


The Trojans led 24-20 in game four, but Pepperdine scored the next four points to tie it at 24-24. Trailing 26-25, Carroll rattled off three straight kills, Liebert had another and Pepperdine then closed the match out on a USC attack error.


The Waves held the Trojans to a .228 hitting percentage.


The Waves next play two matches at BYU next Friday and Saturday (March 7-8).




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