Waves Suffer 3-2 Loss to Cal State Northridge

Parker Kalmbach

Feb. 8, 2013

Final Stats | Box Score: Cal State Northridge 3, Pepperdine 2 Get Acrobat Reader

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Although four Pepperdine men’s volleyball players reached the 10+ kill mark, #10 Cal State Northridge emerged with its second upset victory of the week with a 3-2 win over the #5 Waves.

The Matadors opened the week with a 3-1 triumph over #8 USC and are now 6-4 overall and 4-4 in MPSF play. The Waves fall to 5-4 overall and in the conference. Set scores were 16-25, 25-22, 25-20, 27-29, 15-13.

Maurice Torres (Riverside, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) paced Pepperdine with 21 kills, followed by Parker Kalmbach (Coto de Caza, Calif./Tesoro HS) with a career-best 13. Along with 10 blocks, Kalmbach achieved his first-ever double-double. It is just the second time this season a Pepperdine player has achieved a double-double. Josh Taylor (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) registered a kills-digs double-double vs. Stanford on Jan. 20.

Kyle Gerrans (Los Gatos, Calif./Valley Christian HS) finished the night with 12 kills, while Taylor was credited with 10.

Although the Waves held a 62-55 advantage in kills and logged a season-best 10 team aces, CSUN maintained a higher hitting percentage (.264, 55 kills-23 errors-121 attempts) and out-blocked Pepperdine 16-13.

The Waves registered a .220 (62-33-132) clip.

The Matadors went point-for-point with the Waves in set one until tied at 10, a Torres kill followed by a triple block gave Pepperdine two points of separation. Pepperdine extended the advantage to four points after the front lines threw the roof on twice more in a row to put the score at 18-14. Gerrans closed out the set with three-consecutive aces – a new career high for the junior – to clinch the 25-16 triumph.

The momentum favored the home team in set two, and CSUN jumped to a 14-7 lead. Pepperdine climbed its way back out of the hole, however, and scored five unanswered points to shrink the deficit to two. Although the Waves tied the score at 16, 17, 18 and 20, Drew Stalker sent home two kills to give the Matadors enough cushion to put the set away 25-22.

Pepperdine led by as much as four, 16-12, in the third stanza but Cal State Northridge fired back with five-straight points to tip the scales in its favor. The Waves were unable to gather any offensive rhythm and bowed out 25-20.

The Matadors maintained the lead in the fourth frame and appeared to have the victory within their grasp, up 24-22. A Torres attack was blocked back to the Pepperdine side of the net, but landed just out of bounds to save one match point. Kalmbach pounded home a kill to erase another match point, but CSUN sided out to go ahead, 25-24. The Waves successfully saved two more match points before a kill courtesy of Torres gave the Waves their first set point of the frame, 28-27. A Taylor ace, with a little help from the tape, secured the stanza 29-27 and sent the match to a fifth and final set.

Pepperdine battled with Cal State Northridge to a 4-4 tie, but a Brandon Lebrock kill followed by two-consecutive blocks gave the Matadors a 7-4 edge. The Waves fought from behind and tied the score at 13, but after a CSUN sideout, Stalker threw the roof on – his 10th block of the match – to put point No. 15 on the board.

Stalker added eight kills to his 10 blocks, while Baker led the match with 24 kills.

The Waves entertain Cal Baptist (Feb. 13) and BYU (Feb. 15) next week inside Firestone Fieldhouse. Fans can tune in to WaveCasts to watch both matches live and for free. 




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