Pepperdine Plays at No. 1 UCLA Friday on the Pac-12 Network
Sept. 25, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. — No. 9 Pepperdine men’s water polo completes its eight-game road trip this week when it travels to crosstown rival No. 1 UCLA Friday, September 27. The Waves will square off against their third top-three opponent in four matches when it faces the top-ranked Bruins in a contest broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.
GAME #8 — Friday (Sept. 27) at Westwood, Calif.: #9 Pepperdine (3-4) vs. #1 UCLA (11-0) at 4:00 p.m.
RANKINGS — After upsetting No. 7 UC Irvine last week, Pepperdine moved up one spot to No. 9 in this week’s Collegiate Water Polo Association poll.
UCLA — UCLA owns a 67-31-1 lead in the all-time series, including a 14-7 win at the 2012 SoCal Tournament and a 12-7 victory last October 25 in Westwood. Pepperdine’s last win against the Bruins was a 9-5 home triumph in 2008.
LAST WEEK — Pepperdine went 1-3 in the 2013 NorCal Tournament last weekend in the Bay Area, defeating No. 7 UC Irvine (8-6), before falling to No. 1 USC (9-4), No. 3 Pacific (21-6) and No. 9 Long Beach State (9-6). The Waves took eighth place. Luke Hewko (seven goals) and Marko Madaras (five goals) led the way for Pepperdine offensively. Bence Valics recorded 32 saves for the Waves with 14 against the Anteaters.
WAVE NOTABLES — Sophomore UTL Luke Hewko enters the fourth week of the 2013 regular season as Pepperdine’s leading scorer with 15 goals, while senior ATK Danny White rates second with 11 goals. Hewko ranks seventh (2.14) among MPSF scoring leaders, while White checks in 18th (1.57). Senior All-American goalkeeper Bence Valics has appeared in every match this season and has collected 52 saves. Valics ranks sixth among MPSF leaders in saves per game (10.09).
HOME POOL ADVANTAGE — In its first 38 years of existence, Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool has hosted many Pepperdine victories. The Waves enter the 2013 season 268-106 all-time at home, boasting a win percentage of .717. The Waves have posted a winning record at home in 30 of 38 seasons.
RALEIGH RUNNELS POOL RENOVATED — Pepperdine’s Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool underwent a massive renovation project during the spring and summer of 2013 which will ensure the host site for water polo in the 1984 Olympics will flourish in its fourth decade of service. A brand new video scoreboard was also installed and will make its debut when Pepperdine hosts its own invitational Saturday, October 5.
WAVES BROADCAST IN CYBERSPACE — Several of Pepperdine’s home matches during the 2013 regular season will include live streaming video via WaveCasts on PepperdineSports.com. Live twitter updates will be posted for all home matches @PeppWaterPolo.
PEPPERDINE ON THE PAC-12 NETWORK — Pepperdine’s match at UCLA Friday, Sept. 27 will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network. Jason Knapp (PBP) and Chris Dorst (analyst) will call all the action from the Spieker Aquatics Center.
HE’S A LEGACY — Redshirt sophomore Luke Hewko is continuing a family tradition at Pepperdine. Hewko leads the Waves in scoring and is the brother of former Pepperdine two-time All-American Adam Hewko (2004-08), who rates seventh in career scoring (218).
COACH SCHROEDER — Water polo icon Terry Schroeder returned this season for his second tour of duty as the men’s water polo head coach. In his first stint with Pepperdine (1986-2005) he amassed 340 wins and a national championship in 1997. The head coach for USA Water Polo at the last two Olympics, Schroeder has been inducted into the Capital One Academic All-America Hall of Fame (2013), International Swimming Hall of Fame (2005), U.S. Water Polo Hall of Fame (1998) and the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame (1985).
COACH MOSES — Two-time U.S. Olympian (2008, 2012) and former Pepperdine All-American Merrill Moses returns for the 2013 season as an assistant after serving as an interim co-head coach in 2012. A 2013 inductee into the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame, Moses led the United States to a gold medal at the 2007 and 2011 Pan American Games. Moses also led the Waves to the 1997 national championship where they captured their first title.
PEPPERDINE WATER POLO HISTORY — Since 1990, only five different universities have won an NCAA water polo title: four football schools and Pepperdine. The Waves claimed their first NCAA title by beating USC in the final in 1997. Heading into 2013, the Waves had posted winning records in 28 of 38 seasons and had an all-time record of 693-439-8 (.609).
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.