This Week at Pepperdine: October 21-27

Jillian Bergeson

Oct. 21, 2013

MALIBU, Calif. - This Week at Pepperdine returns with the latest happenings on campus. On Tuesday, Alex Sarkissian attempts to win the USTA/ITA Southwest Regional Championship playing at home. There are also home events this week by women's volleyball (Thursday and Saturday), women's soccer (Friday and Sunday) and women's swimming and diving (Friday and Saturday).

The women's volleyball team hosts the two Pacific Northwest schools looking to sweep the season series. The women's soccer team plays its final two regular-season home games against Pacific and Saint Mary's. The women's swimming and diving team has its annual Malibu Invitational against some local competition.

Men's water polo, cross country, men's and women's golf and other members of the men's tennis team are on the road this week.

Sarkissian, women's soccer senior Kristin DeGrandmont and women's volleyball freshman Jillian Bergeson are interviewed during this week's show.

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


Friday: vs. Pacific (Tari Frahm Rokus Field), 3 p.m.
Sunday: vs. Saint Mary's (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 final two home matches of the 2013 regular season vs. Pacific and Saint Mary's can be viewed for free via WaveCasts at GameTracker is also available for both contests.
Promotions: Sunday's senior day festivities will also serve as the team's annual alumni recognition day. All alumni will get free admission.

After earning a split during its first West Coast Conference road trip, Pepperdine returns to Malibu for its final home matches of the 2013 regular season. The Waves welcome new league member Pacific, then host Saint Mary's. On Sunday, the Waves will honor their four-member senior class - Kristin DeGrandmont, Katie Rivers, Katie Gallanes and Michelle Pao - in a special pre-match ceremony. All-American candidate Lynn Williams ranks 22nd nationally in points per game (1.79) and is 17th in goals per game (0.786). With her 11th goal of the season in Saturday's 2-1 triumph at San Diego, she continues to march up the Waves' career top 10 in both goals (6th/25) and points (7th/64).


Thursday: vs. Gonzaga (Firestone Fieldhouse), 7 p.m.
Saturday: vs. Portland (Firestone Fieldhouse), 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: Both of Pepperdine's matches can be viewed for free via WaveCasts at, and GameTracker is available with live stats as well.
Promotions: In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the women's volleyball team will host its annual Dig Pink match on Thursday vs. Gonzaga. All fans are encouraged to wear pink and the first 100 students through the doors wearing pink will receive a special pink giveaway!

Having already faced every team in the West Coast Conference once, the Waves begin their second go-around this week with home matches against Gonzaga and Portland. Pepperdine defeated both the Bulldogs and Pilots on the road back in September. The home stand comes on the heels of head coach Nina Matthies' induction into the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame, which occurred on Sunday evening.


Friday-Saturday: Malibu Invitational (Malibu, Calif.)
Multimedia:Follow the Pepperdine swimming & diving team on Twitter @PeppSwimandDive for updates.

The women's swimming and diving team hosts its first meet in the newly renovated Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool this Friday and Saturday with the Malibu Invitational. Diving opens the two-day event at noon on Friday, followed by the distance events at 2 p.m. A full day's worth of sprinting and middle distance events is on Saturday's slate, with the first race scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. In addition to Pepperdine, also competing will be Azusa Pacific, Cal Lutheran, Loyola Marymount, Biola, Pomona-Pitzer and Soka. The Waves opened their season two weeks ago at the PCSC Pentathlon, hosted at LMU, and placed third overall. With one win and three top-five finishes, Jessica Mosbaugh was Pepperdine's top point-scorer for the day, while freshman Kristine Pataray made her collegiate debut with one win and four top-10 finishes. 


Friday: at California (Berkeley, Calif.), 7 p.m.
Sunday: vs. Stanford (Palo Alto, Calif.), 12 p.m.

Ninth-ranked Pepperdine continues its Mountain Pacific Sports Federation season when the Waves travel to Northern California for a challenging road trip against #5 California and #4 Stanford. Luke Hewko leads the squad and rates second among MPSF leaders in goals with 48. Marko Madaras has added 23 goals, while senior Danny White has contributed 22 scoring strikes.


Friday:at Titan Invitational (Fullerton, Calif.), 5 p.m.

Some of Pepperdine's runners will take part in the Titan Invitational this weekend, but many of the team's top competitors will take the weekend off. The Waves were in action this past weekend at the Bronco Invitational and they are preparing for the West Coast Conference Championships, which Pepperdine will host the following weekend. Katie Engel has been the top women's finisher at three of four races this season.


Thursday-Sunday: USTA Collegiate Clay Court Invitational (Orlando, Fla.)
Multimedia: Sunday's matches will be broadcast on starting at 7 a.m. PT. Additionally, draws and results will be posted on the Tournament Central.

Although Alex Sarkissian is still battling at the USTA/ITA Southwest Regional Championship at home in Malibu (he's in the championship at 1 p.m. on Monday), four other members of the Pepperdine men's tennis team are heading to Orlando, Fla., for the USTA Collegiate Clay Court Invitational this weekend. David Sofaer, Kento Tanaka-Tamaki, Stefan Menichella and Alexander Solonin will go up against a field that includes players from Florida State, USC, Tennessee, Illinois, Florida, Notre Dame, Tulsa, Georgia Tech, North Florida, South Alabama and Central Florida, as well as unattached USTA competitors.


Monday-Tuesday: at Bill Cullum Invitational (Simi Valley, Calif.)

The men's golf team has its third of four fall tournaments at nearby Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley, Calif. This is the Waves' first time competing in Cal State Northridge's tournament.


Friday-Sunday: at Stanford Intercollegiate (Palo Alto, Calif.)

Pepperdine finishes up its fall season up at Stanford. The Waves are ranked eighth by Golfweek/Sagarin, 11th by Golfstat and 18th by Golf World/WGCA. It will be another good test against some of the nation's best teams. Marissa Chow has been the Waves' top scorer at two of the first three tournaments.

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