Men's Volleyball Hosts Stanford on Friday, Pacific on Saturday
March 5, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - After posting a 1-1 record on the road last week, the #4 Pepperdine men’s volleyball team returns to the friendly confines of Firestone Fieldhouse to host the first meeting of the season series against both #10 Stanford and Pacific. The Waves welcome in the Cardinal for a 7 p.m. match on Friday night, while the Tigers’ men’s volleyball team graces Firestone Fieldhouse for the final time on Saturday night at 7 p.m.
MATCH 14 - #10 Stanford (10-7, 7-7 MPSF) at #4 Pepperdine (9-4, 9-4 MPSF) | Friday, Mar. 7 | 7 p.m. | Firestone Fieldhouse
MATCH 15 - Pacific (2-15, 1-13 MPSF) at #4 Pepperdine | Saturday, March 8 | 7 p.m. | Firestone Fieldhouse
TICKETS - Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for alumni, children, seniors and students. Admission to regular-season home events is free for Pepperdine students, faculty and staff with a valid Pepperdine ID. The Pepperdine All-Sports Pass includes admission to all 2013-2014 regular-season home athletics events at excluding all men’s basketball competitions.
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QUICK HITS - The Waves enter this week in fourth place in the MPSF with a 9-4 record ... Long Beach State and UCLA sit in a tie for second, just half a match ahead of Pepperdine at 10-4 ... Three teams, UC Santa Barbara, USC and Hawaii, sit one match of less behind the Waves in the standings ... Kyle Gerrans put down six aces in Feb. 15th’s 3-0 win over UC San Diego ... That stat ranks tied for fifth in the rally scoring era and tied for first in a three-set match ... Marv Dunphy celebrated his 800th match as head coach of the Waves last Saturday at BYU.
THE STORY ON PACIFIC - It was announced last fall that the University of the Pacific would cut its men’s volleyball program following the 2014 season ... The decision was made in an effort to support the University’s initiative to reduce all budgets by 5-percent ... Rather than cut spending across all athletic teams, it was decided to eliminate just one program ... The discussion came down to two of Pacific’s non-West Coast Conference sponsored programs: men’s volleyball and men’s water polo (2013 NCAA runner-up) ... With its move to the WCC, Pacific announced it would add men’s soccer to its list of sponsored sports in November of 2012 ... With that addition, as well as the Tigers’ addition of women’s track and field and sand volleyball last year, it was nearly impossible to fund everyone at competitive levels so the decision was made to cut men’s volleyball following the 2014 season ... The University has made clear the decision to cut men’s volleyball was not based on performance of the team.
SOCIAL CIRCLE - In addition to team information on PepperdineSports.com, fans can also keep up with the latest surrounding the men’s volleyball team by following the squad on Twitter (@PepperdineMVB) or liking Pepperdine men’s volleyball on Facebook. Pepperdine Athletics is also on Instagram (PepperdineWaves).
STANFORD - The Cardinal is 10-7 overall and 7-7 in MPSF matches ... Despite just a .500 record in conference play, Stanford boasts and handful of noteworthy wins and close losses including triumphs over UCLA (3-1), UC Santa Barbara (3-0) and UC Irvine (3-1) ... The Cardinal has fallen on the losing side of all five of its five-set matches including losses to UCLA twice, UC Santa Barbara, Long Beach State and BYU ... Brian Cook and Steven Irvine both average over 3.00 kills per set to lead the offense.
PACIFIC - The Tigers are 2-15 overall and 1-13 in the MPSF ... Pacific opened the season with a 3-1 non-conference win over Cal State Northridge ... The Tigers’ lone conference victory was over UC San Diego ... Thomas Hodges paces the offense with 3.15 kills per set ... Tommy Carmody posts 1.53 blocks per set to rank No. 1 in the NCAA.
SERIES NOTES - Pepperdine is 31-3 all-time vs. the Tigers ... The Waves have won the last 20 consecutive meetings against Pacific dating back to the 2004 season ... Pepperdine is 49-22 all-time vs. Stanford, including a 27-8 record when playing in Malibu ... The Cardinal has won eight of the last 10 meetings ... The Waves won 16 in a row vs. Stanford from 2001-2009.
LOOKING AHEAD - The Waves make the short commute to UCLA next week Tuesday ... The contest will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Network ... The week concludes with a road match at UC Santa Barbara on Friday.
SERVICE SUCCESS - After averaging just 0.81 service aces per set through the first nine matches of the season, Pepperdine has put down 24 aces for a 1.85 average over the last four matches ... The Waves tallied 10 aces vs. CBU last Saturday -- just the second time in the last three seasons Pepperdine has reached the double-digit plateau in a single match.
MALIBU ROOFING CO. - Business for the Malibu Roofing Company has been booming in 2014 ... The Waves rank fourth in the NCAA with 2.94 blocks per set ... The Waves posted 21.5 blocks in a 3-2 win at Cal State Northridge (1/22), just a half a block shy of this season’s MPSF best ... Nikola Antonijevic posted a career-high 12 blocks in the contest, just three short of the program record ... Antonijevic enters this week ranked #3 in the MPSF and sixth in the NCAA with 1.31 blocks per set.
CAN YOU DIG IT? - Pepperdine is averaging 9.82 digs per set, fifth in the NCAA ... The Waves have recorded 60+ digs in two matches in 2014 ... At Long Beach State (1/24), Pepperdine set a new single-match record (rally scoring era only) with 71 total digs ... The previous record was set at Cal State Northridge on Jan. 31, 2007 with 67 digs ... Individually, Brennan Anderson’s single-match dig total of 18 vs. the 49ers ties for second in program history, while Matt West’s 17 digs puts him in a tie for fifth ... Pepperdine tallied 61 digs in a four-set win at USC (1/16) which ties for fifth in the rally-scoring era program record book.
NOTING THE WAVES - This week Pepperdine will play in its 1,061st and 1,062nd matches in program history ... The Waves are officially 652-341 all time ... In conference play the Waves are officially 456-263 and 251-146 in MPSF action ... Marv Dunphy boasts an official career record of 489-244... The Waves are officially 347-114 when playing inside Firestone Fieldhouse ... Saturday’s match at BYU was Coach Dunphy’s 800th match on the sidelines for the Waves.
Josh Taylor - Josh Taylor made his return to the lineup on Saturday after not playing for three matches ... He has led the Waves in kills in all but two appearances this season ... Taylor ranked No. 2 in kills as a freshman and sophomore behind Maurice Torres ... He was an All-MPSF second team pick as a sophomore and an All-Freshman selection the year prior ... His season kills average of 4.20 is on track to rank in the top-10 in Pepperdine’s single-season record book.
Parker Kalmbach - After earning All-MPSF honorable mention accolades as a middle blocker in 2013, Kalmbach has moved over to the right side ... Ranks No. 2 behind Taylor with his kills average and has surpassed double-digit kill totals in all but one match this season ... He has led the Waves in kills for the last five consecutive matches ... Kalmbach earned the Waves’ first AVCA National Player of the Week award since 2010 after achieving a kills-digs-blocks triple-double vs. USC (1/16) ... Kalmbach, who redshirted in 2012 following back surgery, began his career at Pepperdine as an outside hitter.
AVCA PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Opposite side hitter Parker Kalmbach was honored as AVCA National Player of the Week on Jan. 21 following his triple-double performance the prior Thursday at USC ... Kalmbach posted 11 kills, a career-high 13 digs and 10 blocks ... It was the first triple-double by any MPSF player in almost a year and just the fourth since the 2007 season ... The last triple-double by a Pepperdine player came courtesy of Maurice Torres on March 3, 2010 vs. UC Santa Barbara (16 kills, 10 digs, 10 blocks).
Matt West - Now in his third season as Pepperdine’s starting setter, Matt West continues to impress as the offensive conductor ... He was named to the Lloy Ball Award watch list, an honor that is given to the nation’s best setter by Off the Block ... The Waves have hit .300 or better in eight of 13 matches this season with West setting ... He earned AVCA All-American first team acclaim as a sophomore ... West was also a Volleyball Magazine second team All-American in 2013 ... With 3,018 career assists, West recently overtook John Mayer (2003-05) for sixth place on the career records chart ... He became just the sixth player in Pepperdine history to log over 3,000 assists on Saturday (3/1) at BYU.
Brennan Anderson - Transfer Brennan Anderson joins West as the Waves’ second VBM All-American on the floor ... Anderson was a third team pick while at Ohio State last year ... He set the Buckeyes’ single-season record with a digs average of 3.12 in 2013 ... He has started every match for the Waves, averaging 2.14 digs ... He had a season-best 18 dig performance at Long Beach State (1/24) ... That stat ties for second all-time in the Waves’ single-match record book (rally scoring era only).
IN THE MIDDLE - Nikola Antonijevic, Matt Tarantino and J.J. Mosolf have all gotten the starting bid in 2014 ... Antonijevic has started in every match with Tarantino starting the majority of the time at the other middle position ... Mosolf had a break-out performance at USC (1/16) with an errorless 10-for-13 attacking performance coming off the bench ... Antonijevic threw the roof on 12 times at Cal State Northridge (1/22) ... Tarantino posted seven blocks in a three-set win over UCSD (1/11) and most recently put down a career-high 14 kills vs. Cal Baptist (2/22) ... Together they’ve helped the Waves to 2.95 blocks per set average -- fourth in the NCAA.
Kyle Gerrans - Senior Kyle Gerrans holds down the other spot on the outside ... Gerrans is a consistent all-around player and leads the Waves in service aces ... He’s currently averaging 2.52 kills, 1.88 digs, 0.62 blocks and a team-high 0.30 aces (15) ... Gerrans issued six aces in the Waves 3-0 win at UC San Diego, tying the rallying scoring era record for aces in a three set match..
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 (or both) in six of the last 14 seasons. The Waves have finished in the top six in the final AVCA poll in 15 of the last 17 seasons. Pepperdine student-athletes have won national player of the year honors nine times and All-American accolades 79 times. A Pepperdine alum has competed for the U.S. at the Olympics every time since 1984 (Sean Rooney won gold in 2008).
Marv Dunphy - Now in his 31st 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 2014 season with a career record of 546-241* (.694). 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).
ALUMNI NEWS - Three-time All-American, NCAA champion and Olympic gold medalist Troy Tanner was chosen to succeed Nina Matthies as the new Pepperdine women’s indoor volleyball head coach... Tanner won two NCAA titles while at Pepperdine, first in 1985 and again in 1986 ... He went on to play for Marv Dunphy at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul where Team USA took home the gold ... Tanner was inducted into the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011 ... Former men’s volleyball director of operations Alex Dunphy (Marv’s daughter), was the first assistant coach added to Tanner’s staff ... Kyle Luongo, a member of the men’s volleyball team 2008-10, was added shortly after.
CAMPUS LIFE PROJECT - In May 2011, Pepperdine launched The Campaign for Pepperdine, the largest fundraising campaign in the University’s history. The goal is to raise $450 million to support the Campus Life Project, which will benefit the entire campus. The key piece for Athletics is a new, state-of-the-art, 5,000-seat University Events Center, which will replace Firestone Fieldhouse as the Waves’ home. The project has been approved by the County of Los Angeles and the California Coastal Commission, so the biggest step remaining before the arena can be built is fundraising.
#PURPOSE - Pepperdine Athletics officially launched its “Competing with Purpose” campaign during Waves Weekend. The campaign highlights the commitment to our core values that student-athletes, coaches and staff dedicate themselves to daily. Competing with Purpose provides the foundation on which champions are built.
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 undergraduate enrollment and is the only school not affiliated with a BCS-level conference. The Waves have earned the Division I-AAA All-Sports Trophy, an award based on postseason success that’s given to the top non-football school, three times (most recently in 2011-12). 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 #57 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s best colleges.