No. 11 Waves Face No. 3 USC on CSTV this Weekend
Nov. 3, 2004
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Next Week for the Waves: Pepperdine begins a big week of play as they take on No. 8 UCSD on Wednesday before coming back to Malibu to take on the No. 3 Trojans on Saturday. Saturday's match will be shown on CSTV on taped delay Sunday at 5 p.m.
Last Weekend for the Waves: Pepperdine met up with two tough MPSF opponents last week as they dropped Saturday's match to No. 4 Cal before rebounding to pull out a victory against No. 15 Pacific on Sunday.
In Saturday's match, the Waves jumped out to an early lead, going up 4-3 in the first quarter. Cal dominated for the rest of the match though, scoring three goals in each of the first three quarters to go on to a 10-8 victory.
Freshman Grant Miller was the leading scorer for the Waves. He match a season high with four in the match. Adam Hewko also reached a season high with three on the day while Doug Mann contributed one. Goalkeeper Robbie Miller recorded seven saves.
The Waves rebounded on Sunday in their match against No. 15 Pacific as they pulled out a 7-5 victory. The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Waves as they improved to 2-4 in league play and 10-11 on the year.
Miller and Hewko once again led the way for the Waves, each scoring two goals in the match. Tom Stricklen, Tom Jasper and Nick Corjon each contributed a goal in Sunday's match as well.
Michael Lee stepped up as goalkeeper recording a season high six saves in the match. He was able to hold Pacific to a mere five goals as the Waves cruised to victory.
TV Time: Saturday's match will be taped and shown on CSTV at 5 p.m. on Sunday. Craig Hummer and Julie Swales will be calling the action from Raleigh Runnel's Memorial Pool as the Waves take on the No. 3 Trojans.
The Trojans currently boast a 17-3 record overall and 3-2 in league play. They are led by Juraj Zatovic who has scored 33 goals on the season. USC has outscored their opponent 213-103 this season and is looking to make a run at the national championship.
The Polls: The Waves currently boast a 10-11 record on the season and a 2-4 league record heading into this week's crucial matches. All of Pepperdine's losses have come against ranked opponents. The Waves currently hold a national rank of eleventh after starting the season at fifth and dropping as low as twelfth at one point during the year. They look to improve on that ranking as they head into their matches against No. 8 UCSD and No. 3 USC this week.
MPSF: This weekend's matches against USC will push Pepperdine further into the league schedule for the 2004 season. This year's schedule includes three more league matches, two of which will be played at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool. The MPSF is proud to boast yet another strong year with all nine teams ranked 15th or higher nationally. MPSF teams also currently hold the top five slots in the national polls.
Breakin' it Down: The Waves are outscoring their opponents this year, averaging 7.81 goals per match while allowing only 7.43. Pepperdine has also either matched or outscored their opponents in the first three quarter this season, their strongest being the second, where they have scored 43 goals (2.05 per match).
Pepperdine boasts an 9-5 record when they score more than 6 goals in a match. The Waves are also 10-5 in matches where they hold their opponents to less than 10 goals.
The Leaderboard: Grant Miller's six goals this weekend keep him on top of the leaderboard as the Wave's highest scorer with 37. Miller is averaging 1.76 goals per match and is ranked as the 11th highest scorer in the MPSF. Josh Acosta continues to play strong this year holding the second slot on the Pepperdine leaderboard. Acosta now has 26 on the season and had scored in 10 straight matches earlier this year.
The Coach: Regarded as one of the world's all-time outstanding players, and the U.S. National team captain from 1983-92, Dr. Terry Schroeder is in the midst of his 19th season as Pepperdine's head coach. The Waves have enjoyed tremendous success during Schroeder's previous 18 campaigns, posting a cumulative record of 307-195 (.612), earning eight NCAA Championships berths and claiming the program's first-ever national title in 1997.
Under Schroeder's watchful eye, Pepperdine has been a regular contender in recent years for the NCAA title, winning 20 or more games in a season on seven occasions. Pepperdine notched a 19-8 record last season and finished tied for fifth in the nine-team Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). Schroeder directed Pepperdine to a dazzling 25-3 (.893) mark in 1997, the best single-season winning percentage in the program's history. Not only did the program have four players earn first team All-American honors from U.S. Water Polo, but Schroeder was named the national "Coach of the Year" in 1997, as Pepperdine won its first-ever NCAA crown in water polo.
Tabbed the Big West Conference (BWC) "Coach of the Year" in 1989, Schroeder has directed Pepperdine to five regular season league titles. Schroeder oversaw a smooth transition of the Pepperdine program in 1986 when he succeeded longtime head coach Rick Rowland. The Waves rolled to a 23-11 record, winning the BWC title with an 11-1 mark, and placed fourth at the NCAA Championships. Pepperdine earned a fourth place finish at the 1989 NCAA Championships and was fifth in 1987, 1990 and 1992. The 1997 team won its first 14 games and claimed the regular season MPSF title with a perfect 8-0 mark. Schroeder was selected the MPSF "Coach of the Year" for the first time since the league was formed for water polo back in 1992. Schroeder was tabbed the University's 1997-98 "Coach of the Year."
A four-time Olympian, Schroeder maintains a busy schedule which includes coaching, working as a chiropractor and promoting water polo. The Schroeder-led U.S. team finished second to Yugoslavia at both the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games, and placed fourth at the 1992 event in Barcelona, Spain. He earned All-American honors at Pepperdine in 1977, 1978 and 1980. Schroeder led the Waves to fourth place finishes at the NCAA Championships in each of those seasons and a cumulative four-year record of 109-39 (.736).