Waves Face Hope International at Home on Friday

Ryan Plueger

March 6, 2013

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MALIBU, Calif. - The #5 Pepperdine men’s volleyball team gears up for its lone non-conference match of the season this Friday, March 8 against Hope International. The Waves and the Royals, an NAIA school, play inside Firestone Fieldhouse at 7 p.m.

MATCH 16 - Friday (March 8) at Firestone Fieldhouse: #5 Pepperdine (9-6, 9-6 MPSF) vs. Hope International (9-9, 4-2 MAMVIC) at 7 p.m. 

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LOOKING BACK - The Waves came back from NorCal with a 3-1 win over Pacific and a 3-2 loss to Stanford ... Maurice Torres pounded down 20 kills vs. the Tigers, followed by Josh Taylor with 14 and Scott Rhein with a career-high 13 ... Torres, Taylor and Parker Kalmbach all reached double digits in kills vs. the Cardinal.

LOOKING AHEAD - Next week the Waves entertain UC Irvine on Tuesday, March 12, followed by a Friday, March 15 match vs. UC San Diego ... Both matches will play out at home inside Firestone Fieldhouse.

NOTING THE WAVES - This will be the 1,037th match in Pepperdine history ... The Waves are 638-331 all time ... In conference play the Waves are 443-254 and 238-137 in MPSF action ... Marv Dunphy boasts a career record of 475-234 ... The Waves are 339-113 when playing inside Firestone Fieldhouse ... The Waves are 207-109 all-time during the month of March.

HOME COURT ADVANTAGE - Pepperdine was a perfect 6-0 when playing inside Firestone Fieldhouse before UCLA snapped that streak on Feb. 23 ... Despite the loss, the Waves typically play very well at home and average 12.65 kills, 12.27 assists, 1.31 aces, 7.88 digs and 2.85 blocks while hitting .334 in Malibu.

HOPE INTERNATIONAL - Hope International is an NAIA institution based in Fullerton, Calif. ... The Royals compete in the Mid-America Men’s Volleyball Intercollegiate Conference ... HIU plays Cardinal Stritch on Thursday before coming to Malibu ... The Royals are 9-9 overall in 2013 ... The Waves are the only Division I school on Hope International’s slate this season.

SERIES SCORE - This is the first meeting between Pepperdine and Hope International.

MPSF LEADERS - Matt West ranks second in the MPSF with 11.14 assists/set and ranks ninth in aces (0.32) ... Parker Kalmbach ranks sixth in the league with a 1.34 blocks/set average and ranks eighth with a .406 hitting percentage ... Maurice Torres ranks third in kills (4.18), second in points (4.93) and 12th in aces (0.30) ... Nikola Antonijevic averages 1.05 blocks/set to rank 12th.

MPSF TEAM STATS - As a team, the Waves rank third in the league in hitting percentage (.309) and third in assists (12.14) ... Pepperdine also ranks second in blocks (2.89), fourth in kills (12.72), ninth in opponent hitting percentage (.276) and sixth in service aces (1.12).

NCAA RANKS - Matt West’s 11.14 assists/set ranks third in the NCAA ... Parker Kalmbach ranks eighth the NCAA in blocks (1.34) followed by Nikola Antonijevic in 24th (1.05) ... Maurice Torres ranks fourth in kills (4.21) ... As a team, Pepperdine ranks third in the country in blocks (2.98), third in hitting percentage (.313) and sixth in assists (12.00).

RANKINGS - Pepperdine is currently listed at #5 in the AVCA Coaches’ Top-15 Poll.

TORRES - Maurice Torres, the Waves’ kills leader the past three seasons, enters his senior campaign with high expectations ... Torres leads this team this year with 4.21 kills/set ... He has surpassed double digit kill totals in all but one match this season including five 20+ kill performances ... He registered a season-high 23 kills against BYU (Feb. 15) ... Versus Pacific (Jan. 18), he set a new career-record in hitting percentage after tagging down 11 kills while hitting .714 ... Against USC (Feb. 1) he reached the 1,300 kills and 500 digs plateau ... Torres was an AVCA All-American second team selection in 2012 and made the first team in the All-MPSF conference awards.

1,300 K/500 D - With his first of 15 kills and last of nine digs vs. USC (Feb. 1), Maurice Torres reached the 1,300 kills and 500 digs career milestones ... He is just one of seven Waves to have ever reached both plateaus ... Other former players to have achieved the feat include Scott Wong (1,700 k/807 d), George Roumain (2,394 k/620 d), Paul Carroll (2,101 k/624 d), Matt Rigg (1,539 k/692 d), Fred Winters (1,525 k/602 d) and Sean Rooney (2,007 k/629 d).

WEST - Matt West is in his second year managing the Waves’ offense ... West was an All-MPSF honorable mention as a freshman and ranked second in the NCAA and the league with 11.38 assists/set ... West, who made use of a float serve last season, has transitioned to a tough jump serve and the change has paid dividends ... He currently leads Pepperdine with 18 service aces and ranks ninth in the conference with a 0.33 aces/set average ... USC (Feb. 1) was only able to sideout at a 48-percent rate when West was serving ... He ranks second the league and ranks third in the NCAA with 11.14 assists/set in 2013.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE - Josh Taylor recorded his first-ever double-double on Sunday, Jan. 20 vs. Stanford ... The sophomore was credited with 13 kills and a career-best 11 digs ... It was the first kills-digs double-double by any Wave in 2013 ... Maurice Torres registered two kills-digs double doubles this season, first against Cal Baptist (Feb. 13), and again versus BYU (Feb. 15) ... Against the Cougars, Torres earned his double-double with season highs in kills (23) and digs (12) .. Parker Kalmbach earned his first double-double on Friday, Feb. 8 at Cal State Northridge after recording a career-high 13 kills and 10 blocks.

DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK - Parker Kalmbach, who missed all of 2012 recovering from major back surgery, is back in 2013 and has made an immediate impact ... After serving as an outside hitter in 2011, Kalmbach now starts in the middle ... He averages an NCAA-best 1.34 blocks/set and delivered a phenomenal 10-block performance against UC San Diego on Jan. 12 and again at Cal State Northridge on Feb. 8 ... He also pounds down 1.88 kills/set.

ANTONIJEVIC - Nikola Antonijevic is equally as impressive as Kalmbach in the middle ... The sophomore provides 1.05 blocks/set for the defense and 1.00 kills/set on the offensive end.

ON THE OUTSIDE - Josh Taylor and Kyle Gerrans opened 2013 as the two starting outside hitters ... With Gerrans’ on the disabled list, Scott Rhein has taken over his spot on the outside ... Taylor, who ranked second behind Torres in 2012 with 3.52 kills/set, currently averages 3.05 kills/set as a sophomore ... Gerrans, who prior to this season has seen limited front row time, averaged 2.00 kills/set before going down with an ankle injury vs. BYU (Feb. 15) ... Rhein came off the bench against the Cougars and tallied a then-season high nine kills and five blocks ... He has since extended his season-best to 13 kills (Pacific, March 1) ... Rhein has averaged 2.21 kills/set since Feb. 15 and 1.42 kills/set on the season.

CHECK THE RECORD - In Pepperdine’s career record book, Maurice Torres has made his mark in several categories ... He ranks eighth in career kills with 1,455 ... His 116 service aces rank eighth ... Matt West’s assist total of 1,978 ranks seventh all-time.

Marv Dunphy - Now in his 30th 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 532-229* (.699). 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).

PRESEASON MPSF POLL - With 113 points, the Waves were picked to finished third in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in a preseason vote of the league’s 13 coaches. UC Irvine tallied the most points with 143, closely followed by BYU with 134.

MOST IMPROVED - Pepperdine ended the 2012 campaign with an eighth-place finish in the MPSF standings and at #10 in the AVCA poll. The Waves are picked to be the most improved team in 2013, as evidence by the MPSF preseason poll and the AVCA preseason rankings, where Pepperdine appeared at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.

ROSTER - The Waves return three starters from last season’s lineup including Maurice Torres (OPP), Josh Taylor (OH) and Matt West (S). Several more players with ample playing and even starting experience are also back including Ryan Plueger (L), Parker Kalmbach (MB/OH), Beau Vandeweghe (OH), Scott Rhein (OH), Nikola Antonijevic (MB) and Kyle Gerrans (OH/L). In terms of athletic eligibility, the squad breakdown includes three seniors, three juniors, eight sophomores and three freshmen.

NEW GUYS - Pepperdine added two true freshmen, a redshirt freshmen and a redshirt sophomore to the 2013 roster ... Middle blocker Leonardo Granato (MB) comes to Pepperdine by way of Pierce Junior College, while opposite side hitter J.J. Mosolf spend a redshirt season at Hawaii before transferring ... The Waves’ two true freshmen include Vincent Rios (L) and Kyle Suppes (MB).

2012 POSTSEASON AWARDS - Maurice Torres earned a spot on the All-MPSF first team roster ... Matt Pollock and Matt West were named to the honorable mention team ... West, Matt Tarantino and Josh Taylor accounted for three of the six spots on the all-freshman list ... Torres was also named a second team All-American by both the AVCA and Volleyball Magazine.

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 in seven of the last 13 seasons. The Waves have finished in the top six in the final AVCA poll in each of the last 13 seasons. Pepperdine student-athletes have won national player of the year honors eight times and All-American accolades 76 times. A Pepperdine alum has competed for the U.S. at the Olympics every time since 1984 (Sean Rooney won gold in 2008).

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 enrollment and is the only school not in a major conference. 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 #54 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s best colleges.



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