Two-Match Home Stand On Deck for Men's Volleyball

Matt Tarantino

March 18, 2014

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MALIBU, Calif. - The #4 Pepperdine men’s volleyball hosts two matches this week, beginning with #2 Long Beach State on Thursday. The week concludes with a visit from Cal State Northridge on Saturday. Making headlines this week was middle blocker Matt Tarantino, whose stellar performance against UCLA and UC Santa Barbara earned him both MPSF and AVCA Player of the Week status.

MATCH 18 - #2 Long Beach State (15-4, 12-4 MPSF) at #4 Pepperdine (12-5, 12-5 MPSF) | Thursday, March 20 | 7 p.m. | Firestone Fieldhouse

MATCH 19 - Cal State Northridge (7-12, 6-10 MPSF) at #4 Pepperdine | Saturday, March 22 | 7 p.m. | Firestone Fieldhouse

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QUICK HITS - The Waves enter this week in third place in the MPSF with a 12-5 record ... Long Beach State sits a half a match ahead Pepperdine with a 12-4 record ... Pepperdine is just one of two schools to have two AVCA National Players of the Week this season, the other being Stanford  ...  Marv Dunphy celebrated his 800th match as head coach of the Waves on March 1 at BYU.

AVCA/MPSF PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Matt Tarantino was voted both MPSF and AVCA Player of the Week for his stellar performance in victories over UCLA and UC Santa Barbara ... Not only did the middle blocker surpass double digits in kills in both matches, he did so without committing a single attack error ... His error-free streak actually dates back to March 8, when Tarantino put down 11 kills hitting .733 - a career high clip at the time ... The redshirt sophomore extended that mark to .750 during last week Tuesday’s four-set win at UCLA ... He ended the night with 12 kills after taking 16 attempts ... On Friday at UC Santa Barbara, Tarantino tallied 11 kills behind an errorless 16 swings ... He is the Waves’ first MPSF Player of the Week this season and second AVCA Player of the Week.

LONG BEACH STATE -  The 49ers are 15-4 overall after winning their home tournament last weekend with wins over Ohio State (3-2) and Penn State (3-0) ... Long Beach State sits in second place in the MPSF with a 12-4 record ... The Beach has won nine in a row, with their last lost coming to UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 14 ... Player of the Year candidate Taylor Crabb leads the nation with 4.96 kills/set and 5.51 points/set ... LBSU won the first meeting vs. the Waves inside the Pyramid, 3-2.

CSUN - The Matadors are 7-12 and 6-10 in the MPSF ... Cal State Northridge is coming off a 3-2 win over Ohio State ...  Sam Holt paces the team with 3.66 kills/set ... The Matadors pushed the Waves to five sets inside the Matadome in January, but Pepperdine ultimately prevailed.

LOOKING BACK - Pepperdine swept the season series vs. UCLA last week with a 3-1 win inside Pauley Pavilion ... Four Waves reached double-digit kill totals including Josh Taylor (17), Parker Kalmbach (13), Matt Tarantino (12) and Kyle Gerrans (11) ... Pepperdine then got one back from UC Santa Barbara, winning on Friday 3-2 ... Taylor led with 22 kills, followed by Tarantino with 11 while hitting .688.

SERIES NOTES - Pepperdine is 47-41 all-time vs. Long Beach State, including a 26-16 mark at home ... The Waves own a 55-21 all-time record vs. Cal State Northridge ... Pepperdine is 29-8 vs. CSUN when playing inside Firestone Fieldhouse.

LOOKING AHEAD - The Waves make their final regular-season road trip next week, with matches at Stanford (3/28) and Pacific (3/29) ... Pepperdine concludes the year with a three match home stand including contests vs. USC (4/5) and Hawaii (4/11, 4/12).

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).

NOTING THE WAVES - This week Pepperdine will play in its 1,065th and 1,066th matches in program history  ... The Waves are officially 655-342 all time ... In conference play the Waves are officially 459-264 and 254-147 in MPSF action ... Marv Dunphy boasts an official career record of 492-245... 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 4.14 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 three matches this season ... He has led the Waves in kills in six of the last nine 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 12 of 17 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 3,209 career assists, West overtook John Mayer (2003-05) for sixth place on the career records chart earlier this season ... 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 2.18 digs ... He’s on pace to rank in the program’s top-10 for both singles season dig totals and average ... 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 has put down 10+ kills in the last three matches without committing a single attack error ... 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 2.56 kills, 1.73 digs, 0.59 blocks and a team-high 16 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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