This Week at Pepperdine: October 7-13

Michelle Pao

Oct. 7, 2013

MALIBU, Calif. - In our newest edition of This Week at Pepperdine, we look back at last week's top performances and what lies ahead, including the start of West Coast Conference play in women's soccer. The Waves open the WCC season at home on Friday vs. Gonzaga and on Sunday against Portland.

Also, the women's volleyball team heads to Northern California, the men's water polo team faces the nation's best at the Southern California Tournament in Irvine, the women's swimming and diving team gets its season underway and the golf and tennis teams continue their fall seasons.

Lorraine Guillermo of women's tennis opens the show, while David Sofaer of men's tennis, Luke Hewko of men's water polo, Michelle Pao of women's soccer and Stephanie Ertl of women's swimming are interviewed.

Here are this week's events:


Friday: vs. Gonzaga (Tari Frahm Rokus Field), 3 p.m.
Sunday: vs. #10 Portland (Tari Frahm Rokus Field), 1 p.m.
Tickets: Single-match tickets 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.
Multimedia: Pepperdine's home match vs. Gonzaga is the West Coast Conference Game of the Week and will be broadcast live on The Waves' showdown against Portland can be viewed for free via WaveCasts at, and GameTracker is also available for both contests.

After a break for midterms, Pepperdine is set to open what promises to be another highly competitive West Coast Conference campaign. The Waves conclude their six-game homestand when they welcome the Pacific Northwest contingent to Malibu, starting with Gonzaga on Friday. Pepperdine then squares off against #10 Portland on Sunday at in an early key showdown. Two Waves rank among national Division I leaders in a pair of categories. Freshman goalkeeper Hannah Seabert ranks 25th in saves per game (6.40) and 45th in save percentage (0.853). All-American candidate Lynn Williams 18th in points per game (2.10) and is 21st in goals per game (0.9). With an assist in her last game against Cal State Fullerton, Williams continues to climb the Waves' career top 10 in both goals (T-6th/23) and points (T-8th/60).


Saturday: at SoCal Tournament (Irvine, Calif.), vs. UC Irvine, 9:25 a.m. (second game TBA)
Sunday: at SoCal Tournament (Irvine, Calif.), two games TBA
Multimedia: Check and the team's official Twitter feed (@PeppWaterPolo) for schedule and scoring updates.

#8 Pepperdine travels to Irvine this weekend to take on a stacked field in the 2013 SoCal Tournament, which is being hosted by UC Irvine. The Waves open tournament play against host UCI at the Anteater Aqautic Complex. Pepperdine will play four games in the two-day event in its final tune-up before the demanding MPSF schedule commences. Luke Hewko leads the squad with 21 goals and owns three five-goal matches on the year. Senior Danny White has added 14 goals, five assists and nine steals. All-American Bence Valics continues to showcase his skills between the pipes for Pepperdine and ranks in the top five among MPSF leaders in saves and goals allowed.


Thursday: at Pacific (Stockton, Calif.), 7 p.m.
Saturday: at Saint Mary's (Moraga, Calif.), 1 p.m.
Multimedia: Live video and stats will be available for Thursday's match at Pacific ( Live stats can be followed on Saturday against Saint Mary's (, while a subscription-based video broadcast is also offered.

The Waves face West Coast Conference newcomer Pacific for the first time in league play on Thursday. Although the Tigers own an 11-9 advantage in the all-time series, the Waves have won the only three meetings between the squads in the last decade. On Saturday, it's off to league rival Saint Mary's. The Gaels are 4-1 in the WCC this season, with an impressive 3-2 win over San Diego. Samantha Cash, who averaged 1.71 blocks per set last week, will be looking to continue her dominance at the net. She currently leads the league and ranks 13th in the country with a season block average of 1.41 per set.


Friday-Sunday: at Battle in the Bay Classic (San Francisco, Calif.)

After Alex Sarkissian got the season started for the Waves at the ITA All-American Championship, three more players will pick up their racquets this weekend at the Battle in the Bay Classic. David Sofaer, Kento Tanaka-Tamaki and Stefan Menicella will be San Francisco-bound to compete against players from UCLA, USC, Duke, Cal, Stanford, San Diego, San Diego State, Boise State, Santa Clara, Saint Mary's, Pacific, Cal Poly and host San Francisco. Both singles and doubles action will take place at the Cal Tennis Club, known for being the oldest club west of the Mississippi River. Two years ago, Sofaer won the Battle in the Bay doubles title with now-graduated Hugh Clarke.


Saturday: at PCSC Pentathlon (Los Angeles, Calif.)

The women's swimming and diving team opens the 2013-14 campaign with the annual PCSC Pentathlon, hosted this year at Loyola Marymount. The event is unique in that swimmers can test the waters in several different races. Five of those times will then be combined in order to determine the best swimmer in the sprint, middle distance and distance categories. The last time the Waves competed at the pentathlon was in 2010 when the team placed fourth overall. A promising crop of eight newcomers, plus 15 proven letterwinners, will represent Pepperdine in the pool this season.

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