#3 Waves Host #4 BYU on Friday

Kyle Gerrans

Jan. 29, 2014

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MALIBU, Calif. - After suffering its first loss of the season last week, the #3 Pepperdine men’s volleyball team will look to rebound and earn an important win over #4 BYU on Friday at home. The Waves have not lost a regular-season match this year inside Firestone Fieldhouse, while the Cougars top the MPSF standings with a perfect 6-0 league record.

WHO/WHAT/WHEN/WHERE - #4 BYU (6-2, 6-0 MPSF) at #3 Pepperdine (4-1, 4-1 MPSF) // Friday, Jan. 31 // 7 p.m. // Firestone Fieldhouse.

TICKETS - Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for alumni, children, seniors and students. Admission to regular-season home events is free for Pepperdine students, faculty and staff with a valid Pepperdine ID. The Pepperdine All-Sports Pass includes admission to all 2013-2014 regular-season home athletics events at excluding all men’s basketball competitions.

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LEADING THE NATION - Josh Taylor leads both the MPSF and the NCAA with 4.86 kills per set ... As a team, the Waves rank first in the nation with 3.52 blocks per set ... Pepperdine ranks in the top-five in the NCAA in opponent hitting percentage (.216), assists (12.90), kills (13.76) and digs (11.57) ... Individually, Matt West ranks fifth in the NCAA with 11.52 assists per set ... Nikola Antonijevic averages 1.60 blocks per set to rank second in the NCAA ... Taylor also ranks second in the nation with a 5.52 points per set average.

BYU - The Cougars opened the year with a pair of losses to MIVA schools Lewis and Loyola-Chicago, but have since rattled off six-consecutive wins over MPSF opponents ... Outside hitter Taylor Sander ranks #1 in the NCAA with 5.55 points per set (including 4.55 kills/set and a nation-leading 0.66 aces/set).

CURSE OF THE #1 - For the first four weeks of the season, a different team has held the No. 1 spot in the AVCA rankings ... All four teams, with Pepperdine being no exception, lost while being #1 resulting in a new team taking over the pole position ... No team has been ranked #1 for more than one week thus far in 2014 ... After UC Irvine, Long Beach State, Stanford and the Waves all spent a week ranked #1, UCLA and Loyola-Chicago sit in a tie at #1 this week ... Pepperdine ranked #1 from Jan. 20-26, the first time they held the top ranking since March of 2010 ... According to Off the Block, Pepperdine has BYU head coach Chris McGown to thank for its one first-place vote in this week’s poll.

CAN YOU DIG IT? - Pepperdine is averaging 11.57 digs per set, third in the NCAA ... The Waves have recorded 60+ digs in two matches in 2014 ... Last week at Long Beach State (1/24), Pepperdine set a new single-match record (rally scoring era only) with 71 total digs ... The previous record was set at Cal State Northridge on Jan. 31, 2007 with 67 digs ... Individually, Brennan Anderson’s single-match dig total of 18 vs. the 49ers ties for second in program history, while Matt West’s 17 digs puts him in a tie for fifth ... Pepperdine tallied 61 digs in a four-set win at USC (1/16) which ties for fifth in the rally-scoring era program record book.

MALIBU ROOFING CO. - Business for the Malibu Roofing Company has been booming in 2014 ... The Waves lead the NCAA with 3.52 blocks per set ... The most Pepperdine has averaged in a season since the rally scoring era began in 2001 was 3.70 (2003) ... The Waves posted 21.5 blocks in a 3-2 win at Cal State Northridge (1/22), just a half a block shy of this season’s MPSF best ... Nikola Antonijevic posted a career-high 12 blocks in the contest, just three short of the program record ... Antonijevic enters this week ranked #1 in the MPSF and #2 in the NCAA with 1.60 blocks per set.

AVCA PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Opposite side hitter Parker Kalmbach was honored as AVCA National Player of the Week on Jan. 21 following his triple-double performance the prior Thursday at USC ... Kalmbach posted 11 kills, a career-high 13 digs and 10 blocks ... It was the first triple-double by any MPSF player in almost a year and just the fourth since the 2007 season ... The last triple-double by a Pepperdine player came courtesy of Maurice Torres on March 3, 2010 vs. UC Santa Barbara (16 kills, 10 digs, 10 blocks).

SOCIAL CIRCLE - In addition to team information on PepperdineSports.com, fans can also keep up with the latest surrounding the men’s volleyball team by following the squad on Twitter (@PepperdineMVB) or liking Pepperdine men’s volleyball on Facebook. Pepperdine Athletics is also on Instagram (PepperdineWaves).

LOOKING BACK - The Waves fell on either side of two grueling five-set matches last week on the road, beating Cal State Northridge before falling to Long Beach State ... Pepperdine rallied back from an 0-2 deficit to end up with the W vs. the Matadors ...  With 22 team blocks, the 49ers held the Waves to a season-low .156 hitting percentage ... Despite the loss, Pepperdine saw five different players reach double figures in digs for the second time this season (first time at USC).

NOTING THE WAVES - Friday’s match vs. Brigham Young will be the 1,053rd in Pepperdine history ... The Waves are officially 647-338 all time ... In conference play the Waves are officially 451-260 and 246-143 in MPSF action ... Marv Dunphy boasts an official career record of 484-241... The Waves are officially 344-113 when playing inside Firestone Fieldhouse.

SERIES NOTES - Pepperdine is 30-25 all-time vs. BYU, dating back to the first meeting in 1977 ...The Waves are 19-8 against the Cougars at home ... Pepperdine split the series with BYU in 2013, with each team winning on its home court ... The Waves’ last win over a top-ranked team was a 3-2 win vs. BYU during the 2013 match inside Firestone Fieldhouse (2/15/13).

LOOKING AHEAD - Pepperdine continues the three-match home stand next week, hosting UCLA on Wednesday, Feb. 5 and UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, Feb. 8.

MPSF RANKS - Pepperdine ranks in the top-three in five of the seven major statistical categories ... The Waves rank #1 in blocks (3.52) ... Pepperdine ranks second in kills (13.76), digs (11.57) and opponent hitting percentage (.216) ... Pepperdine ranks third in assists with a 12.90 average ... Josh Taylor leads the league with 4.86 kills per set, while Nikola Antonijevic paces the MPSF with 1.60 blocks per set ... Taylor’s 28 kills and 31 points at Long Beach State (1/24) ties for the most by any MPSF player during the 2014 season.

Josh Taylor - Josh Taylor has taken over the reigns as the Waves’ go-to offensive option ... After ranking No. 2 to Maurice Torres as a freshman and sophomore, Taylor has stepped into his new role with ease ... He has led the team in kills in every single appearance ... He was an All-MPSF second team pick as a sophomore and an All-Freshman selection the year prior.

Parker Kalmbach - After earning All-MPSF honorable mention accolades as a middle blocker in 2013, Kalmbach has moved over to the right side ... Ranks No. 2 behind Taylor with his kills average and has surpassed double-digit kill totals in every match this season ... Kalmbach earned the Waves’ first AVCA National Player of the Week award since 2010 after achieving a kills-digs-blocks triple-double vs. USC (1/16) ... Kalmbach, who redshirted in 2012 following back surgery, began his career at Pepperdine as an outside hitter.

Matt West - Now in his third season as Pepperdine’s starting setter, Matt West continues to impress as the offensive conductor ... He was named to the Lloy Ball Award watch list, an honor that is given to the nation’s best setter by Off the Block ... The Waves have hit .300 or better in three of five matches this season with West setting ... He earned AVCA All-American first team acclaim as a sophomore ... On defense, West leads the team  and ranks 10th in the NCAA with 2.71 digs ... West was also a Volleyball Magazine second team All-American in 2013.

Brennan Anderson - Transfer Brennan Anderson joins West as the Waves’ second VBM All-American on the floor ... Anderson was a third team pick while at Ohio State last year ... He set the Buckeyes’ single-season record with a digs average of 3.12 in 2013 ... He has started every match for the Waves, averaging 2.65 digs ... He is coming off a season-best 18 dig performance at Long Beach State ... That stat ties for second all-time in the Waves’ single-match record book (rally scoring era only).

IN THE MIDDLE - Nikola Antonijevic, Matt Tarantino and J.J. Mosolf have all gotten the starting bid in 2014 ... Antonijevic has started in every match ... Mosolf played in two sets vs. UC San Diego and picked up four blocks ... He followed that up with an errorless 10-for-13 attacking performance coming off the bench at USC ... Antonijevic threw the roof on 12 times at Cal State Northridge ... Tarantino posted seven blocks in a three-set win over the Tritons ...  Together they’ve helped the Waves to an NCAA-high 3.52 blocks per set average ... All three rank 12th or higher in the individual MPSF block rankings.

Kyle Gerrans - Senior Kyle Gerrans holds down the other spot on the outside ... A solid passer on serve receive, Gerrans is a consistent all-around player and an important contributor ... He’s currently averaging 2.38 kills and 2.05 digs ... Despite being one of the shorter players on the floor at 6-foot-1, Gerrans is a solid threat at the net ... He’s averaging 0.71 blocks  ... As a primary passer, he has just six miscues in 133 attempts (.955) ... With Taylor and Kalmbach drawing most of the defensive attention, Gerrans reaps the benefits ... He hit for a .452 (16-2-31) clip vs. USC ... He earned his first-ever double-double vs. the Trojans with 16 kills and 13 digs and added another double-double at CSUN.

ALUMNI NEWS - Three-time All-American, NCAA champion and Olympic gold medalist Troy Tanner was chosen to succeed Nina Matthies as the new Pepperdine women’s indoor volleyball head coach... Tanner won two NCAA titles while at Pepperdine, first in 1985 and again in 1986 ... He went on to play for Marv Dunphy at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul where Team USA took home the gold ... Tanner was inducted into the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011 ... Former men’s volleyball director of operations Alex Dunphy (Marv’s daughter), was the first assistant coach added to Tanner’s staff.

VOLLEYBALL HISTORY - Pepperdine has won five NCAA men’s volleyball championships, second only to UCLA. The Waves have won the MPSF Tournament three times and have won or shared nine regular-season conference titles. Pepperdine has won either an MPSF regular-season or tournament title (or both) in six of the last 14 seasons. The Waves have finished in the top six in the final AVCA poll in 15 of the last 17 seasons. Pepperdine student-athletes have won national player of the year honors nine times and All-American accolades 79 times. A Pepperdine alum has competed for the U.S. at the Olympics every time since 1984 (Sean Rooney won gold in 2008).

Marv Dunphy - Now in his 31st season as head coach of the Waves, Marv Dunphy has time and again proven himself to be one of the top teachers in the sport. He has directed Pepperdine to four NCAA championships, each in a different decade (1978, 1985, 1992, 2005). He was the 2005 National Coach of the Year and is a three-time MPSF Coach of the Year. He entered the 2013 season with a career record of 546-241* (.694). Dunphy has long been involved with USA Volleyball, having been part of the coaching staff at six Olympics, including head coach of the 1988 team and consultant coach for the 2008 squad, both of which won gold. He has been inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame (1994), AVCA Hall of Fame (2009) and the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame (2010).

CAMPUS LIFE PROJECT - In May 2011, Pepperdine launched The Campaign for Pepperdine, the largest fundraising campaign in the University’s history. The goal is to raise $450 million to support the Campus Life Project, which will benefit the entire campus. The key piece for Athletics is a new, state-of-the-art, 5,000-seat University Events Center, which will replace Firestone Fieldhouse as the Waves’ home. The project has been approved by the County of Los Angeles and the California Coastal Commission, so the biggest step remaining before the arena can be built is fundraising.

ABOUT PEPPERDINE - Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won NCAA Division I championships in five different men’s sports – one of just 16 schools to have accomplished this feat – and nine overall. Of this elite group, Pepperdine has the smallest undergraduate enrollment and is the only school not affiliated with a BCS-level conference. The Waves have earned the Division I-AAA All-Sports Trophy, an award based on postseason success that’s given to the top non-football school, three times (most recently in 2011-12). Located in scenic Malibu, Calif., the university overlooks the Pacific Ocean and its campus and athletic facilities are regularly voted among the nation’s most beautiful. Pepperdine, which is affiliated with the Church of Christ, ranks #57 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s best colleges.



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