No. 4 Pepperdine Stays Unbeaten, Sweeps Pacific


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MALIBU, Calif. ­- Senior opposite Paul Carroll had a match-high 14 kills and the #4 Pepperdine men's volleyball team stayed perfect at home against Pacific with a 30-25, 30-25, 30-28 victory in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Friday evening.

The Waves (4-0 overall, 3-0 MPSF) are now 13-0 in Firestone Fieldhouse against the Tigers (2-5, 0-2) and 22-3 in the all-time series. It was Pepperdine's 11th consecutive win in the series.

Carroll (Forster, Australia) had his third straight double-double, as he also had 10 digs while hitting .571 (14-2-21). Senior outside hitter Matt McKee (Aurora, Ill./Aurora West HS) had 13 kills and sophomore setter Kasey Crider (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) had 45 assists while directing the Waves to a .407 team hitting percentage.

Pepperdine had a 9.5 to 3.0 edge in blocks, and junior middle blocker Rodnei Santos (Sao Paulo, Brazil/BYU) was in on seven of them.

Pacific, which hit .247 as a team, was led by 12 kills from Nicolaas Schenk and 10 kills from Jason Borchin.

The first game was tied 10-10 when the Waves reeled off four straight points, two on kills by McKee and Carroll and the other two on Pacific attack errors. The Tigers would get no closer than three points the rest of the game. The Waves were ahead 27-24 and a Pacific service error and two kills by sophomore middle blocker Tyler Jaynes (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) ended the game. Pepperdine hit an outstanding .647 (25-3-34), led by eight kills by McKee.

Tied 8-8 in the second game, Pepperdine took the lead for good after scoring three straight points on a Pacific service error, a block by Carroll and Santos and a Pacific attack error. A 5-0 run would later help the Waves build a 24-16 lead. The Waves' hitting dipped to .296 but they held the Tigers to a .100 mark. Carroll had five kills and sophomore outside hitter Cory Riecks (Auburn, Calif./Placer HS) had four.

Game three was close throughout, with 20 tie scores and five lead changes. Pacific led by as many as three points at 14-11 and also led at 25-23. But a service error was followed with two straight kills by junior outside hitter Brent Schirripa (Los Angeles, Calif./Crespi Carmelite HS), giving the Waves the lead back at 26-25. The Waves went up 28-26 after a Pacific attack error, but the Tigers tied it at 28-28 after a kill by Schenk and a block by Sean Daley. Pepperdine won the next two points, however, as McKee got a kill and Santos and Carroll teamed up for a match-ending block. The Tigers actually outhit the Waves, .242 to .233, in the third game.

The Waves get back on the court again quickly with an MPSF match on Saturday night (Jan. 24) against #3 Stanford at 7 p.m.

Article courtesy of Pepperdine athletics.

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