Waves Host 2013 Pepperdine Invitational Saturday
Oct. 3, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. — Pepperdine opens the home portion of the 2013 schedule when it welcomes Concordia, Golden West College and Long Beach City College to Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool for a four-team tournament Saturday, October 5.
2013 PEPPERDINE INVITATIONAL SCHEDULE
RANKINGS — After turning in its best performance of the year in an 8-7 loss at No. 1 UCLA, Pepperdine moved up one spot to No. 8 in this week’s Collegiate Water Polo Association poll.
LAST WEEK — Pepperdine roared back from a daunting first-half deficit, but could not come all the way back against No. 1 UCLA, dropping an 8-7 non-conference contest Friday night at the Spieker Aquatics Center. The Waves (3-5) pushed the top-ranked Bruins (12-0) to the brink of their first loss of the season, scoring three unanswered goals in the fourth quarter. Luke Hewko enjoyed a huge match for Pepperdine and matched his career-high with five goals to lead all players in the pool.
UP NEXT — Pepperdine travels to Irvine, Calif. to compete in the 2013 SoCal Tournament October 12-13. The Waves will play a total of four matches in the event. Check PepperdineSports.com next week for the updated schedule.
WAVE NOTABLES — Sophomore UTL Luke Hewko enters the fifth week of the 2013 regular season as Pepperdine’s leading scorer with 20 goals, while senior ATK Danny White rates second with 11 goals. Hewko ranks ninth (2.5) among MPSF scoring leaders. Senior All-American goalkeeper Bence Valics has appeared in every match this season and has collected 66 saves. Valics ranks seventh among MPSF leaders in saves per game (9.78).
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 — All 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.
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.