Waves Suffer First League Loss of 2012 at UC Irvine
Maurice Torres earns a kills-digs double-double, but Pepperdine is unable overcome the #2-ranked Anteaters.
Jan. 25, 2012
IRVINE, Calif. – Despite a season-first double-double from Maurice Torres, the #6 Pepperdine men’s volleyball team suffered a 3-1 loss to #2 UC Irvine on Wednesday evening inside the Bren Center. It was the Waves’ first loss in league play as they fall to 5-2 overall and 4-1 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
With the four-set win (25-20, 21-25, 25-21, 25-21), the Anteaters improve to 6-2 and 2-2 in the conference.
Torres (Riverside, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) pegged down 15 kills earned on a .565 hitting percentage, and collected 11 digs to lead the Waves. It was the junior’s first double-double of the season, and fourth of his career.
Overall, the Waves tallied 40 kills earned on a respectable .326 clip, but UCI trumped those numbers with 63 kills and a .365 success rate on the attack.
Matt Pollock (Orland Park, Calif./Sandburg HS) paced the defense with three blocks, while Matt Tarantino (Van Nuys, Calif./Bishop Alemany HS) and Scott Rhein (Pleasant View, Tenn./Aaron Academy) came in off the bench with two rejections each.
Josh Taylor (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou HS) added to the Waves’ offensive output with 10 kills, and Matt West (Seattle, Wash./Shorewood HS) dished 36 assists.
Although the Waves took an early lead behind back-to-back service aces courtesy of Torres (the third time he has accomplished the feat this season), the Anteaters out-killed Pepperdine 18-9 to regain the advantage and put the set away 25-20.
The Malibu Roofing Company was open for business in the second frame, as the Waves tallied four blocks including a pair of tandem rejections from Taylor and Pollock to put Pepperdine up 9-5. Torres came up with six digs in the frame to give his team plenty of offensive opportunities to put the ball away and the Waves made the best of their chances, hitting for .579 in the set. Chase Ross (Carlsbad, Calif./Carlsbad HS) paced the offensive effort with four kills as Pepperdine rolled to a 25-21 win.
Ross would end the evening with nine put aways.
With four blocks, the Anteaters reclaimed the lead after winning the third set 25-21. Down by as many as five points, the Waves were able to narrow the deficit to three at 19-22, but UCI was able to close out the stanza on a 3-2 run.
The fourth game was locked until Jeremy Dejno, who led UCI with 15 kills, came to the service line to spark a 5-0 run. Head coach Marv Dunphy toyed with his lineup, but Pepperdine was unable to string enough points together to take back the lead and bowed out 25-21.
Pepperdine closes the week with a Friday (Jan. 27) night match at UC San Diego.