Hawai'i Hands Pepperdine Three Set Loss
Waves Struggle, Lose Third-Straight Meeting Against the Warriors
March 4, 2011
HONOLULU – The #9 Pepperdine men’s volleyball team opened the two-match series at #10 Hawai’i with a tough 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-20) loss on Friday night inside the Stan Sheriff Center. The loss drops the Waves’ record to 6-8 overall and 4-8 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The Warriors improve to 7-9 and 5-6 in league play.
Despite keeping its service error total to single digits for the third-consecutive match, Pepperdine struggled to find its offensive rhythm and hit for a .158 hitting percentage. Hawai’i committed 12 miscues at the service line, but made up for the deficiency with a .382 success rate on the attack.
The Waves had a difficult time containing Jonas Umlauft and Joshua Walker, who both contributed a match-high 15 kills on a combined .440 clip. Matt Pollock (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg HS) topped the Waves’ offense with six kills, while Maurice Torres (Riverside, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) also contributed six along with a pair of aces.
Pepperdine opened the contest with a 5-3 run, thanks in part to Torres’ stellar service, but the Warriors retaliated by scoring nine of the next 12 points. The Waves came out of a timeout and scored behind a Pollock kill, but could not overcome the deficit and lost 25-19. Pepperdine totaled 11 kills in the game, but that number was overshadowed by Hawaii’s 17 kills on a .407 hitting percentage.
The Waves held a small lead nearly the entire beginning half of the second frame, but a 4-0 run with Nejc Zemljak serving put the Warriors up 11-10. Tyler Jaynes (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS), who finished the evening with four kills and two blocks, put a ball away, followed by a tandem block courtesy of Cory Riecks (Auburn, Calif./Placer HS) and Pollock to put Pepperdine back on top. It would be the last time the Waves held the advantage, however, as Hawai’i put the set away 25-20.
Walker carried his team to victory in the third stanza, hitting eight kills on 14 swings and just two errors, while the Waves collectively managed nine put downs. Steven Hunt scored the 25th and match-clinching point for Hawai’i.
Pepperdine takes on Hawai’i once again tomorrow evening at 9 p.m. (PT) Christopher Wells will be on the call for the live audio broadcast, which can be accessed at www.PepperdineSports.com.