Waves Play Cal Baptist and BYU on the Road

Matt West

Feb. 25, 2014


MALIBU, Calif. - The #4 Pepperdine men’s volleyball gets set for an important two-match road swing, beginning with a rematch vs. Cal Baptist in Riverside on Thursday evening. The Waves are then Provo, Utah bound to face MPSF standings leader BYU on Saturday. The Waves enter this week in third place in the league behind an 8-3 record.

MATCH 12 -  #4 Pepperdine (8-3, 8-3 MPSF) at Cal Baptist (3-10, 2-9 MPSF) | Thursday, Feb. 27 | 7 p.m. | Van Dyne Gym

MATCH 13 -  #4 Pepperdine at #2 BYU (10-3, 10-1 MPSF) | Saturday, March 1 | 6 p.m. (PT) | Smith Fieldhouse | BYUtv

ROAD COVERAGE - Free live stats will be available for Thursday’s match at Cal Baptist ... Internet video is also available for a fee ... Saturday’s match will be broadcast live on BYUtv, as well as online at BYUtv.org ... Live stats will also be available ... Links to all coverage can be found by clicking on a particular event on the Pepperdine men’s volleyball schedule page.

QUICK HITS - Competition in the MPSF is heating up as teams approach the half-way point of the season ... BYU sits atop the standings with a 10-1 record, while UCLA sits half a match back at 10-2 ... Pepperdine is in sole possession of third place (8-3), but UC Santa Barbara and Long Beach State both loom right behind, tied for fourth at 8-4 ... Kyle Gerrans put down six aces in Feb. 15th’s 3-0 win over UC San Diego ... That stat ranks tied for fifth in the rally scoring era and tied for first in a three-set match ... Scott Rhein took his turn last Saturday, putting down five aces vs. Cal Baptist ... The Waves are the only team to beat BYU in MPSF play this season, but the Cougars are perfect when playing in Provo in 2014.

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).

CAL BAPTIST -  The Lancers, now in their second full season as members of the MPSF, are 3-10 on the year, including 2-9 in league matches ... Cal Baptist is led by Johannes Brink on the offensive end ... Brink tallied 24 kills vs. the Waves in Malibu on Saturday ... The Lancers’ victories have been over Pacific, UC San Diego and Princeton.

BYU - The Cougars are 10-3 overall and 10-1 in MPSF matches ... The Cougar’s only league loss came against Pepperdine ... The Waves outlasted BYU in five sets on Jan. 31 in Malibu ... BYU has won four in a row since losing to the Waves ... Taylor Sander is the Cougar’s go-to offensive weapon ... Sander averages 4.46 kills per set to rank third in the league.

LOOKING BACK - The Waves defeated Cal Baptist 3-1 last week at home ... Parker Kalmbach led the offense with 15 kills, while Matt Tarantino put down a career-high 14 ... Scott Rhein tallied five of Pepperdine’s season-high 10 aces.

SERIES NOTES - Pepperdine is 9-2 all-time vs. Cal Baptist .... Pepperdine is 1-2 on the road vs. CBU ... The Waves own a 31-25 all-time record vs. BYU ... Cougars hold the advantage when playing in Smith Fieldhouse, 17-10 ... The last time Pepperdine won in Provo was during the 2010 season.

LOOKING AHEAD - Pepperdine hosts Stanford on Friday, March 7 and Pacific on Saturday, March 8 ... This is the final time the Tigers will play in Malibu after announcing the men's volleyball program would be discontinued following the 2014 season.

SERVICE SUCCESS - After averaging just 0.81 service aces per set through the first nine matches of the season, Pepperdine has put down 19 aces for a 2.71 average over the last two matches ... The Waves tallied 10 aces vs. CBU last Saturday -- just the second time in the last three seasons Pepperdine has reached the double-digit plateau in a single match.

MALIBU ROOFING CO. - Business for the Malibu Roofing Company has been booming in 2014 ... The Waves rank second in the NCAA with 3.05 blocks per set ... 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 #3 in the MPSF and fourth in the NCAA with 1.43 blocks per set.

CAN YOU DIG IT? - Pepperdine is averaging 10.11 digs per set, fourth in the NCAA ... The Waves have recorded 60+ digs in two matches in 2014 ... 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.

NOTING THE WAVES - This week Pepperdine will play in its 1,059th and 1,060th matches in program history ... The Waves are officially 651-340 all time ... In conference play the Waves are officially 455-262 and 250-145 in MPSF action ... Marv Dunphy boasts an official career record of 488-243... The Waves are officially 347-114 when playing inside Firestone Fieldhouse ... Saturday’s match at BYU will be Coach Dunphy’s 800th match on the sidelines for the Waves.

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 all but one appearance this season ... He was an All-MPSF second team pick as a sophomore and an All-Freshman selection the year prior ... His season kills average of 4.46 is on track to rank in the top-10 in Pepperdine’s single-season record book ... Taylor did not play vs. UC San Diego and Cal Baptist but is expected to be available to play on Saturday at BYU.

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 all but one 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.

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).

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 seven of 11 matches this season with West setting ... He earned AVCA All-American first team acclaim as a sophomore ... West was also a Volleyball Magazine second team All-American in 2013 ... With 2,949 career assists, West recently overtook John Mayer (2003-05) for sixth place on the career records chart and should become the sixth Wave to earn 3,000 assists in a career this week.

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 2.30 digs ... He had a season-best 18 dig performance at Long Beach State (1/24) ... 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 with Tarantino starting the majority of the time at the other middle position ...  Mosolf had a break-out performance at USC (1/16) with an errorless 10-for-13 attacking performance coming off the bench ... Antonijevic threw the roof on 12 times at Cal State Northridge (1/22) ... Tarantino posted seven blocks in a three-set win over UCSD (1/11) and most recently put down a career-high 14 kills vs. Cal Baptist (2/22) ...  Together they’ve helped the Waves to 3.05 blocks per set average -- second in the NCAA.

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 2.43 kills, 1.95 digs, 0.64 blocks and a team-high 0.32 aces ... As a primary passer, he has just 14 miscues in 247 attempts (.943) ... Gerrans issued six aces in the Waves 3-0 win at UC San Diego, tying the rallying scoring era record for aces in a three set match.

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 2014 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).

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 ... Kyle Luongo, a member of the men’s volleyball team 2008-10, was added shortly after.

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.

#PURPOSE - Pepperdine Athletics officially launched its “Competing with Purpose” campaign during Waves Weekend. The campaign highlights the commitment to our core values that student-athletes, coaches and staff dedicate themselves to daily. Competing with Purpose provides the foundation on which champions are built.

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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