No. 1 BYU Downs No. 5 Pepperdine, 3-1

March 13, 2004

PROVO, Utah (March 13, 2004) -- The No. 5 Pepperdine men's volleyball team fell to top-ranked BYU Saturday night 3-1 for its second straight loss in as many nights. The Cougars improve to 15-3 overall and 13-1 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play while the Waves drop to 11-6 overall and 7-6 in league play.

Saturday's victory was the 14th straight for the Cougars, marking the longest active win streak in the nation.

Fred Winters led the Waves with 27 kills on the night, while Sean Rooney chipped in 17.

Both Joe Hillman and Fernando Pessoa posted career highs with 26 and 24 kills, respectively. Setter Carlos Moreno tallied a season high with 77 assists.

In game one, the Cougars got off to a hot start, connecting on their first four attack attempts. The Waves came storming back, going on a 3-0 run to take a 10-9 lead. Pepperdine extended its lead to four points after John Parfitt and John DeWolff tag-teamed to block a Victor Batista attack attempt. After the Waves took a 26-22 lead, the Cougars began to make a run. After one of Joe Hillman's game-high nine kills, BYU had cut the Waves' lead to just two points. After back-to-back Pepperdine errors, the Cougars evened the score at 28-28. Fred Winters notched one of his team-high 10 kills to give the Waves a 29-28 lead. Pepperdine and BYU traded serves through a total of nine game-point serves for the Waves. Forty-six minutes in to the game, Sean Rooney blocked a Hillman attempt for the game-winning point, giving Pepperdine the 38-36 victory in game one.

After dropping game one, the Cougars came out with something to prove in game two. The Cougars hit .515 on 21-of-33 attempts, while holding the Waves to just 12-of-32 attempts, forcing seven errors. After a 11-11 tie, the Cougars went on a 3-0 run to take a 14-11 lead and never looked back. BYU later extended its lead to six points after a Pepperdine back-row attack error to give the Cougars a 28-22. BYU held their advantage and closed things out after Fernando Pessoa picked up his fifth kill of the game to give the Cougars a 30-24 win.

Trailing 18-20 in game three, the Cougars tied things up at 20-20 after Alleman out-dueled John Mayer at the net. BYU then went on a 10-4 run to take a 29-24 lead after Hillman picked up his 21st kill of the match. The Waves were credited with a block, cutting the BYU lead to 29-25. On the next serve, Hillman recorded his career-high 22nd kill of the night to give BYU a 30-25 win in game three.

In the fourth and deciding game of the match, took a game-high five-point lead after Mayer was called for a ball-handling error. The Waves climbed back to within two after Mayer and Hein teamed up to block a BYU attempt. Batista gave BYU a 27-23 lead with his ninth kill of the night; however, Pepperdine got back to within two,29-27, after Alleman was called for a ball-handling error. Moreno then ended the match dumping the ball over the net to catch the Pepperdine defense off guard.

The Waves will close out their three-week road trip on Saturday, March 20th, at USC starting at 7 p.m. in Los Angeles.



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