Pepperdine Sweeps BYU 3-0

Jan. 9, 2004

Final Stats

MALIBU, Calif. -- The Pepperdine University men's volleyball team swept Brigham Young University, 3-0, before almost 1,000 fans at Firestone Fieldhouse on Friday night. The two teams renewed a storied rivalry in college volleyball, with the Waves jumping out to a quick lead to win its 21st match in the all-time series. Pepperdine now owns a 21-12 advantage against the Cougars.

The scores were 30-28, 30-28, and 30-21. With the win, the Waves improve to 1-0 on the season while BYU falls to 0-1.

A trio of Waves recorded double-digit kills including freshmen sensations Tanner Sutherland, who had a team-high 11, and John Parfitt, who added 10 kills off of 15 attacks for a respectable .600 clip. Sophomore middle blocker Andy Hein pitched in an all around performance after completing 10-15 kills (.500 hitting percentage) and tallying three total blocks (1-2) for 12.5 points.

The first face-off remained a tight affair as the game tied up on 16 occasions and the lead changed eight times. With the score 27 all, Parfitt hammered the ball thanks to a perfect John Mayer assist. Junior All-American Sean Rooney took it from there and delivered the final two points for the home team as Pepperdine skipped to a 30-28 victory.

Both teams excelled at the net in the first game as the Waves edged the Cougars in hitting percentage, .424 to .333. BYU's Joe Hillman accounted for eight of his 13 kills in the first battle.

In the second game, the Waves raced out quickly and held a six-point lead (21-15) before the Cougars mounted an 11-6 run to pull the game within one point at 27-26. In the next possession, Sutherland completed an attack to give the Waves a 28-26 advantage. Two BYU service errors later, Pepperdine headed to the break ahead 2-0.

The Waves took control of the final game, building a 17-10 lead over the Cougars. Pepperdine used kills from five different players and an ace from libero James Ka to gain the early momentum. The Cougars would never get closer than six points (20-14) as Pepperdine captured the first of two matches between the squads this weekend.

The Waves dominated at the net in the match, hitting a .338 mark versus the visitor's .279. The Cougars out-blocked Pepperdine six to five.

Pepperdine setter Mayer quarterbacked his ball club with 40 assists while Ka reached for a match-high eight digs. Rooney completed the match with nine kills and Mike Gledhill had six. Mayer also added an impressive three service aces to the Pepperdine mix.

Both teams will return to action Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. following the Pepperdine men's basketball game at 5:00.

AVCA All-American Fred Winters missed the match to be with the Canada senior national team.



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