Men's Volleyball Sweeps Ball State
MALIBU, Calif. - The #2 Pepperdine men's volleyball team won for the 10th time in its last 11 matches with a three-game non-conference sweep (30-25, 31-29, 30-18) of visiting Ball State on Thursday night.
Pepperdine improved to 11-5 overall and now has a 7-1 all-time record against Ball State (10-7).
Freshman opposite Maurice Torres (Riverside, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) had a match-high 13 kills, while junior outside hitter Cory Riecks (Auburn, Calif./Placer HS) added 10 while hitting .471 (10-2-17). Junior setter Kasey Crider (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) had 35 assists and a match-high eight digs and led the Waves to a .369 team hitting percentage.
The Waves outblocked the Cardinals 10.5 to 7.0 with junior middle blocker Tyler Jaynes (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) in on five of them and both Torres and senior middle blocker Rodnei Santos (Sao Paulo, Brazil/BYU) collecting four apiece.
Ball State, which was held to a .130 hitting percentage, got 10 kills from Larry Wrather.
Neither side could get an advantage early in the first game, but with Ball State leading 10-9, the Waves ran off six straight points. A service error and an attack error by the Cardinals was followed by kills by Santos, Torres, Riecks and senior outside hitter J.D. Schleppenbach (Ventura, Calif./Ventura HS). Ball State eventually cut the lead down to as few as two points at 19-17, but the Waves pulled back ahead by as many as six points before finishing off the first game.
The Waves had to rally to win the second game. The Cardinals scored three straight points to go ahead 16-13 and took a four-point lead at 18-14 and 19-15. Pepperdine eventually tied the game at 23-23 after Jaynes was in on two consecutive blocks. The Waves took the lead at 27-26 after a kill by Riecks. They finished the game off on their second game point on a Cardinal attack error.
Tied 6-6 in the third game, Pepperdine went on a 12-1 run to help put the match away. Torres had four of his kills during the stretch. Senior outside hitter Brent Schirripa (Los Angeles, Calif./Crespi Carmelite) came off the bench to record eight kills on eight swings in the third set and scored eight of the Waves' final 11 points, including the match-ender.
The Waves are in the midst of playing 10 of 12 matches at home, and next host #10 UC Santa Barbara on Saturday (March 13) in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match at 7 p.m. "Wave Casts" subscribers can watch the match online at www.pepperdinesports.com.