No. 5 Pepperdine Defeats No. 13 Hawaii in Three Games

4/11/2008

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Malibu, Calif. - After a slow start, the No. 5 Pepperdine men's volleyball team rolled to a 3-0 victory (31-29, 30-25, 30-17) over No. 13 Hawaii on Friday night in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play at Firestone Fieldhouse.

The Waves (13-9, 12-9) and the Warriors (10-16, 7-14) finish off the regular season with one more match on Saturday night (April 12) at 7 p.m. Thanks to Stanford's four-game win over UCLA tonight, the Waves can clinch the No. 4 seed and a first-round home match in the upcoming MPSF Tournament with a victory on Saturday.

Senior setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge HS) helped direct the Waves to a season-high .537 hitting percentage. He had 42 assists to go with five digs, four blocks and three kills. Junior opposite Paul Carroll (Forster, Australia) had a match-high 21 kills, his ninth time in the last 10 matches that he surpassed the 20-kill mark, and hit .543 (21-2-35).

Hawaii got 12 kills from senior opposite Jacob Schkud and 11 apiece from junior outside hitter Sean Carney and freshman outside hitter Joshua Walker. The Warriors ended up hitting .330 as a team.

In game one, the Warriors had a four-point lead at 26-22 and were putting down kill after kill. But the Waves rallied to score four straight points, with two kills by Carroll and a kill apiece from junior outside hitter J.D. Schleppenbach (Ventura, Calif./Ventura HS) and freshman middle blocker Tyler Jaynes (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS), to tie the game at 26-26.

Tied at 29-29, the Waves took their first lead since 14-13 after a Hawaii attack error. Pepperdine then claimed game one on a block by Schleppenbach and junior middle blocker Mark Hulse (Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township HS/Rutgers-Newark). Both teams hit well in game one, with Hawaii claiming a .562-.500 edge. Schkud had eight kills for Hawaii and Carroll had seven for Pepperdine.

Hawaii took a three-point lead in game two, first at 7-4 and last at 14-11. The Waves rallied to tie the game at 15-15 and finally took the lead at 20-19, part of a 6-1 run that saw Pepperdine build a 25-20 lead. Carroll added eight more kills in game two as the Waves hit .516, compared to .281 for Hawaii.

Game three was all Pepperdine, as Carroll had back-to-back kills to make it 4-1 and the lead grew steadily from there. Hulse had a kill and two straight service aces during a 4-0 run that made it 11-4. Pepperdine took a double-digit lead at 23-13 after a block by Jaynes and Carroll. The hitting percentages in game three were at their most lopsided, with Pepperdine holding a .609 to .083 edge. Carroll added six more kills in game three.

Pepperdine also got eight kills from Schleppenbach, seven kills on eight errorless swings from Jaynes and six kills from junior outside hitter Matt McKee (Aurora, Ill./Aurora West HS).

Article courtesy of Pepperdine athletics.

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