Men's Volleyball Shuts Out UC San Diego, 3-0
Jan. 11, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. – The #6 Pepperdine men’s volleyball finished its MPSF opening weekend with a dominating 3-0 sweep over visiting UC San Diego to improve to 2-0 on the young season. Josh Taylor and Parker Kalmbach provided a strong one-two punch for the Waves, delivering a combined 26 kills.
Pepperdine won the 75 minute contest by set scores of 25-17, 25-19, 25-17.
Taylor (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) led all hitters with 14 kills while hitting .440 (14 kills-3 errors-25 attempts). The sure-swinging junior is hitting an impressive .468 across the season’s two matches, while averaging 5.43 kills per set.
Kalmbach (Coto de Caza, Calif./Tesoro HS) wasn’t far behind, putting down 12 kills earned at a .375 (12-3-24) clip. The opposite side hitter added five digs and four blocks on the night.
Matt West (Seattle, Wash./Shorewood HS) set the Waves to the tune of a .387 (40-11-75) team hitting percentage. He led the match in both assists and digs with 35 and 10, respectively.
The Malibu Roofing Company did its part to slow down the UC San Diego offense, and out-blocked the Tritons 13.0-4.0. Matt Tarantino (Van Nuys, Calif./Bishop Alemany) turned in a match-high seven blocks.
UCSD (0-3, 0-2 MPSF) hit just .133 (32-21-83) as a squad. Johl Awerkamp posted a season-high 11 kills for the Tritons.
Pepperdine was in firm control in the opening frame, sprinting out to a 6-2 lead and never allowing UC San Diego back closer than three points. Although the Tritons were able to make a late run, Scott Rhein (Pleasant View, Tenn./Aaron Academy) and Nikola Antonijevic (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson HS) threw the roof on to clinch the frame 25-17.
The visitors battled with the Waves point-for-point for much of the second set, but tied at 19, Pepperdine went on a 6-0 run to close it out. The Malibu Roofing Company was credited with the final three points.
The Waves scored the first point of set three, and once again would never trail. Both Taylor and Kalmbach disposed of four kills apiece, while Tarantino collected four blocks in the set, and Pepperdine won 25-17.
Pepperdine hits the road for the first time in 2014, heading to nearby Los Angeles to face USC on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. The Waves then travel to Cal State Northridge and Long Beach State the following week before returning to Firestone Fieldhouse on Friday, Jan. 31 to host BYU.