Waves Aim To Move Up In MPSF Standings

Matt Tarantino

March 10, 2014

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MALIBU, Calif. - An important two-match road swing is on the #5 Pepperdine men’s volleyball team’s schedule this week. The Waves open action on Tuesday as they aim for the series sweep vs. #7 UCLA live on the Pac-12 Network. The week continues with a road tilt at #4 UC Santa Barbara on Friday evening. The Bruins and Gauchos enter this week tied for third in the MPSF standings at 11-5, while the Waves loom right behind in fifth place at 10-5.

The Last Meeting
February 5, 2014
Malibu, Calif.
#3 Pepperdine Shuts Out #1 UCLA
The #3 Pepperdine men's volleyball team did something no other MPSF team has been able to do in 2014 and shut out #1 UCLA 25-14, 25-20, 25-19 on Wednesday night inside Firestone Fieldhouse. The Waves were firing on all cylinders and were led by Josh Taylor with 14 kills and Nikola Antonijevic with nine blocks.

The Last Meeting
UC Santa Barbara3
February 8, 2014
Malibu, Calif.
Gauchos Stun Waves, 3-2
Although the #3 Pepperdine men's volleyball team fought back from a 0-2 deficit vs. #8 UC Santa Barbara, the Waves' comeback fell short and the Gauchos won 15-12 in the fifth set. Josh Taylor put down a match-best 21 kills in the loss, followed by Parker Kalmbach with 19.

MATCH 16 - #5 Pepperdine (10-5, 10-5 MPSF) at #7 UCLA (14-6, 11-5 MPSF) | Tuesday, March 11 | 7 p.m. | Pauley Pavilion | Pac-12 Network

MATCH 17 -  #5 Pepperdine at #4 UC Santa Barbara (12-5, 11-5 MPSF) | Friday, March 12 | 7 p.m. | UCSB Rob Gym

ROAD COVERAGE - Free live stats will be available for both the UCLA and UC Santa Barbara matches this week ... Tuesday’s match vs. the Bruins will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network ...  Links to all coverage can be found by clicking on a particular event on the Pepperdine men’s volleyball schedule page.

QUICK HITS - The Waves enter this week in fifth place in the MPSF with a 10-5 record ... UCLA and UC Santa Barbara are tied for third, just a half match ahead of the Waves at 11-5 ... BYU and Long Beach State hold the top two spots in the league standings ...  Marv Dunphy celebrated his 800th match as head coach of the Waves on March 1 at BYU.

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).

UCLA -  After the Bruins saw their 10-match win streak come to an end vs. Pepperdine on Feb. 5 in Malibu, UCLA has gone just 5-4 since then for a 14-6 overall record ... 7-foot Robart Page averages 4.10 kills per set to lead the Bruins, while Gonzolo Quiroga contributes in all facets with 3.71 kills/set, an MPSF best 0.53 aces/set and 1.82 digs/set.

UC SANTA BARBARA - The Gauchos have been the dark horse of the MPSF this season ... Although UCSB was predicted to finish in seventh, they are currently tied for third in the league with wins over the Waves, Hawaii (2), UCLA, Long Beach State and Stanford ... Pepperdine came back from an 0-2 deficit during the Feb. 8 meeting in Malibu, but ultimately fell in the fifth set.

LOOKING BACK - Pepperdine suffered a 3-1 loss to Stanford last week Friday but rebounded with a 3-0 sweep over Pacific ... Kyle Gerrans hit .464 (13-0-28) against the Cardinal, while Matt Tarantino swung at a .733 (11-0-15) clip vs. the Tigers ... Josh Taylor put down a career-high five aces vs. Pacific.

SERIES NOTES - Pepperdine 38-77 all-time vs. UCLA including Feb. 5’s 3-0 win in Malibu ... The Waves are 13-49 vs. the Bruins on the road ... Pepperdine is 65-31 vs. UC Santa Barbara and 34-9 as the away team.

LOOKING AHEAD - The Waves make their way back to Firestone Fieldhouse next week to host Long Beach State and Cal State Northridge ... Pepperdine fell to the 49ers earlier this season in five sets ...Pepperdine beat CSUN 3-2 inside the Matadome on Jan. 22.

MALIBU ROOFING CO. - Although the Waves have ranked No. 1 in blocking for much of the season, business has slowed some for the Malibu Roofing Company ... Pepperdine currently ranks sixth in the NCAA with a season average of 2.81 ... The Waves averaged 3.52 blocks/set across the first seven matches of the season, but have only averaged just 2.07 in the eight matches since ... Pepperdine has made up for that deficit with more production at the service line ... Pepperdine averaged just 0.86 service aces/set in the first seven matches but has increased that number to 1.25 in the last eight contests.

RECORD BOOK EDITS - The Waves set a new single-match record (rally scoring era) at Long Beach State on Jan. 24 with 71 digs ... Pepperdine picked up 61 digs at USC (1/16) which ties for fifth in the rally scoring era and tied for second in a four-set match ... 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 ... Kyle Gerrans put down six aces at UC San Diego (2/15) which ties for sixth overall and tied for first in a three-set match ... Josh Taylor and Scott Rhein have come close to breaking into the record book, and both have been credited with five aces in a single match (Taylor vs. Pacific, 3/8; Rhein vs. Cal Baptist, 2/22).

CAN YOU DIG IT? - Pepperdine is averaging 9.86 digs per set, fifth 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 ...  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 1,063rd and 1,064th matches in program history  ... The Waves are officially 653-342 all time ... In conference play the Waves are officially 457-264 and 252-147 in MPSF action ... Marv Dunphy boasts an official career record of 490-245... The Waves are officially 348-115 when playing inside Firestone Fieldhouse ... March 1’s match at BYU was Coach Dunphy’s 800th match on the sidelines for the Waves.

Josh Taylor - Josh Taylor made his return to the lineup at BYU after not playing for three matches ... He has led the Waves in kills in all but three appearances this season ... Taylor ranked No. 2 in kills as a freshman and sophomore behind Maurice Torres ... He was an All-MPSF second team pick as a sophomore and an All-Freshman selection the year prior ... His season kills average of 4.11 is on track to rank in the top-10 in Pepperdine’s single-season record book and currently ranks third in the MPSF and fourth in the NCAA.

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 two matches this season ... He has led the Waves in kills in six of the last seven matches ... 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 10 of 15 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 3,107 career assists, West recently overtook John Mayer (2003-05) for sixth place on the career records chart ... He became just the sixth player in Pepperdine history to log over 3,000 assists on Saturday (3/1) at BYU.

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 2.14 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 and Matt Tarantino are the Waves’ two main middle men ... J.J. Mosolf has also gotten the starting bid in 2014 ... 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 put down a career-high 14 kills vs. Cal Baptist (2/22) ... Most recently, he set a new career-high in hitting percentage vs. Pacific (3/8) ... He hit .733 with 11 kills off of 15 errorless attempts ... Mosolf had a break-out performance at USC (1/16) with an errorless 10-for-13 attacking performance coming off the bench

Kyle Gerrans - Senior Kyle Gerrans holds down the other spot on the outside ... Gerrans is a consistent all-around player and leads the Waves in service aces ... He’s currently averaging 2.61 kills, 1.77 digs, 0.63 blocks and a team-high 15 aces on the season ... 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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