This Week at Pepperdine: February 3-9

Lorraine Guillermo

Feb. 3, 2014

MALIBU, Calif. - The men's basketball and men's volleyball teams have a couple of enormous homestands this week, while the women's tennis team holds its home opener on Saturday.

The women's basketball team is off to the Pacific Northwest, and the men's and women's golf teams both begin their spring seasons.

Meagan Harbison of women's soccer opens the show, and interviews take place with Malcolm Brooks (men's basketball), Brennan Anderson (men's volleyball), Grace Leah Baughn (women's basketball) and Marissa Chow (women's golf).

Here's a look at the week's events:


Thursday: vs. Pacific (Firestone Fieldhouse), 7 p.m.
Saturday: vs. Saint Mary's (Firestone Fieldhouse), 1 p.m.
Tickets: Tickets cost $17 for reserved seats, $14 for general admission and $5 for children's general admission. Tickets are free for Pepperdine students, faculty and staff with a valid Pepperdine ID.
Promotions: On Thursday, SAAC is sponsoring a pregame Hawaiian luau for students with food and games at 6 p.m.
Multimedia: Al Epstein will host audio-only WaveCasts at A link to live stats will also be available at
Television: Thursday's game will be shown online at Saturday's contest is the WCC Game of the Week and it will be shown on Time Warner Cable SportsNet, Comcast SportsNet California, ROOT Northwest and ROOT Rocky Mountain, and out-of-market viewers can watch the game online at The pregame show, WCC This Week, will air live from Firestone Fieldhouse at 12:30 p.m.

Pepperdine heads into this week's crucial homestand in fifth place in the WCC standings, but just one game out of second place. Saturday's Wells Fargo PCH Cup win over rival LMU was the 15th in the last 16 years in Firestone Fieldhouse, and it gave the Waves their most overall (13) and conference (six) wins since 2004-05. Pepperdine squared off against Pacific and Saint Mary's just two weekends ago, and the Waves will be looking to even up the season series after falling against both schools in Northern California. Four Waves (Stacy Davis 14.6, Brendan Lane 13.7, Jeremy Major 10.5, Malcolm Brooks 10.2) are now averaging double-figures in scoring.


Wednesday: vs. UCLA (Firestone Fieldhouse), 7 p.m.
Saturday: vs. UC Santa Barbara (Firestone Fieldhouse), 7 p.m.
Tickets: Tickets for home matches cost $8 for adults and $5 for alumni, children, seniors and students. Tickets are free for Pepperdine students, faculty and staff with a valid Pepperdine ID.
Promotions: Pepperdine kicks off the first day of the Greek Games by giving away FREE Chick-fil-A to the first 500 students in attendance on Wednesday. The Pepperdine vs. UCLA match will also be an Orange Out, and fans are encouraged to wear their orange in support of the Waves. On Saturday, the Waves will host a reception after the match for all alumni of the men's volleyball team. Complimentary tickets for alumni and their families are available for Saturday's match vs. UCSB by contacting Jamil Macias (
Multimedia: Both home matches will be broadcast online for free via WaveCasts at GameTracker live stats will also be available.

After issuing #4 BYU its first MPSF loss of the season last week, the #3 Pepperdine men's volleyball team looks to once again play the role of spoiler this week vs. #1 UCLA. The Bruins are the first team in 2014 to hold the top ranking for more than one week, and enter the match with a perfect 6-0 MPSF record and a nine-match win streak. Saturday's match vs. #8 UC Santa Barbara promises to be just as challenging. The Gauchos sit in fourth place in the MPSF standings, right behind Pepperdine. The defensive-minded Waves enter this week ranked #1 in the NCAA in blocks (3.37 blocks/set) and #2 in digs (10.77 digs/set).


Thursday: at Gonzaga (Spokane, Wash.), 6 p.m.
Saturday: at Portland (Portland, Ore.), 2 p.m.
Multimedia: Both games can be heard for free via WaveCasts with Jacob Breems, and links to live stats will also be available at

The women's basketball team returned another player from the injury list last time out in Allie Green. The quest to get healthy and back on track continues this week in the Pacific Northwest. The Waves have a pair of road games on the docket, facing No. 17/22 Gonzaga and Portland. Heading into the homestretch of the season, Pepperdine's next eight games are split between home and away, with a four-game homestand to follow this weekend's trip.


Saturday: vs. San Diego State (Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center), 1 p.m.
Tickets: Admission to all home matches is free.
Multimedia: Live scoring will be available at

The #44-ranked Pepperdine women's tennis team makes its 2014 home debut this Saturday against San Diego State. The Waves are 1-1 in the early portion of the season after falling to #6 USC last week before rebounding with a 6-1 win over #38 UC Irvine on Saturday.


Monday-Tuesday: at Sea Best Invitational (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.)
Multimedia: Golfstat will offer live scoring, with a link available at

The famous TPC Sawgrass course is the site of the Waves' first spring tournament. After utilizing the same lineup at all four fall events, Pepperdine has one change at this week's event, as Cameron Davison joins Jeremy Sanders, Parker Page, Kevin DeHuff and Frederick Wedel.


Sunday-Tuesday (Feb. 11): at Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge (Palos Verdes, Calif.)
Multimedia: Golfstat will offer live scoring, with a link available at

After a strong fall season that included two victories and a #6 national ranking by Golfweek/Sagarin, the women's golf team begins the spring just down the road in Palos Verdes at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge. The Waves will be up against a tremendous field that includes 12 top 25 teams.

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