No. 3 Pepperdine Wins Opener Over Cal Bptists in Five Games


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MALIBU, Calif. ­- A 2 1/2-hour men's volleyball marathon finally came to an end on a block by Pepperdine's Tyler Jaynes and Paul Carroll, giving the third-ranked Waves a season-opening 3-2 non-conference victory over NAIA power California Baptist on Friday evening at Firestone Fieldhouse.

The Waves (1-0) trailed 10-7 in the fifth game before rallying for the 26-30, 30-26, 30-20, 34-36, 15-13 win. CBU (0-2) has won four of the last five NAIA titles. The Waves improved to 6-0 all-time against the Lancers.

Carroll (Forster, Australia), a senior opposite and a two-time AVCA All-American first teamer, led the Waves with 31 kills and a .481 hitting percentage (31-6-52). The Lancers got a match-high and school-record 38 kills from freshman outside hitter Levi Cabral and 28 kills from junior outside hitter Adiel Tiedjop.

Pepperdine junior middle blocker Rodnei Santos (Sao Paulo, Brazil/BYU) and sophomore outside hitter Cory Riecks (Auburn, Calif./Placer HS) each had 13 kills and senior outside hitter Matt McKee (Aurora, Ill./Aurora West HS) added 10 kills. Sophomore setter Kasey Crider (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) had 62 assists in his first start. Jaynes (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS), a sophomore middle blocker, finished with nine blocks.

The Waves finished with a .371-.340 edge in hitting and advantages in blocks (15-6) and service aces (7-6).

The Lancers never trailed in the first game after a kill by Cabral and a Wave attack error made the score 4-2, and the lead would grow to 7-4, 9-5 and 18-13. The Waves closed the gap to 20-18 after a service ace by McKee. The game was still at two points at 25-23, but CBU went on a 4-0 run in large part to one Pepperdine service error and two attack errors. The Lancers eventually closed it out on Cabral's ninth kill of the game. Carroll had eight kills for Pepperdine.

The second set was tied 16-16 when the Waves scored three straight points - two on kills by Carroll and one on a service ace by Crider - to take the lead for good. CBU closed to within one point at 21-20, but back-to-back kills by Santos and McKee helped pad Pepperdine's lead again. Up 23-21, the Waves ran off three straight points and would win the game on a block by Carroll and Jaynes. For the second straight game, Cabral had nine kills for CBU and Carroll had eight for Pepperdine.

An 8-0 run on Riecks' serve gave the Waves a 16-6 lead in the third set and they maintained a sizeable lead the rest of the way to take a 2-1 lead. Jaynes was in on three blocks during the run, while Carroll had a kill and two block assists. Cabral continued his hot play with eight more kills, while Carroll had a team-high five for the Waves. Jaynes had a hand in four of Pepperdine's five blocks in game three.

Pepperdine had a chance to finish the match in the fourth game. It was tied 21-21, but Pepperdine went up by three at 25-22 after a Carroll service ace, and still led by three at 27-24. CBU, however, scored the next three points, two on kills by Tiedjop, to the game at 27-27. The Lancers took a one-point lead at 29-28 after back-to-back kills by Adam Church and Tiedjop. CBU served for the game seven times before it finally ended on a Pepperdine attack error. Carroll had eight kills for Pepperdine, while Tiedjop had 12 and Cabral had 10.

In the fifth game, the Lancers jumped out to a 7-3 lead and were still up by three points at 10-7 after a Cabral kill. The Waves turned it around, however, scoring five straight points as both Jaynes and Riecks had kills and teamed up for a block. CBU tied the game up at 12-12 and 13-13. The Waves scored the next point on a Lancer service error, and won the match on their first try thanks to the block by Carroll and Jaynes.

The Waves begin MPSF play next week with two matches at Hawaii on Jan. 15-16.

Article courtesy of Pepperdine athletics.

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