Waves to Face UCLA in MPSF Tournament Quarterfinals

Ryan Plueger

April 17, 2013

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MALIBU, Calif. - The #5 Pepperdine men’s volleyball team opens the 2013 MPSF Tournament on Saturday, April 20 with a quarterfinal match up against #4 UCLA. The Waves and Bruins square off inside the John Wooden Center at 7 p.m.

MATCH 26 - Saturday (April 20) at Wooden Center: #5 Pepperdine (14-11, 13-11 MPSF) vs. #4 UCLA (20-10, 16-8 MPSF) at 7 p.m.

COVERAGE - Fans can enjoy a live audio broadcast, live video and GameTracker coverage on Saturday when the Waves play at UCLA ... Links to all available media coverage can be found on the men’s volleyball schedule page.

MPSF TOURNAMENT BRACKET - BYU earned the No. 1 seed and will play eighth seeded Hawaii ... UC Santa Barbara travels to No. 2 UC Irvine as the No. 7 seed ... Long Beach State snagged the No. 3 seed and plays No. 6 Stanford on Saturday ... The highest remaining seed following this weekend’s action will host the semifinals and finals next week, April 25 and April 27.

LOOKING BACK - Pepperdine dropped in three sets to UCLA before ending the regular season with a 3-1 win over UC Santa Barbara on the road ... Maurice Torres put down 10 kills vs. the Bruins before scattering 17 against the Gauchos ... Josh Taylor followed with 16 kills vs. UCSB.

NOTING THE WAVES - This will be the 1,047th match in Pepperdine history ... The Waves are 643-336 all time ... In conference play the Waves are 447-259 and 242-142 in MPSF action ... Marv Dunphy boasts a career record of 480-239 ... The Waves are 342-113 when playing inside Firestone Fieldhouse ... The Waves are 419-87 all-time during the month of April.

MPSF TOURNAMENT HISTORY - Pepperdine is making its 19th appearance in the MPSF Tournament ... The Waves have officially won three MPSF Tournament Championships (Pepperdine’s most recent tournament crown in 2008 was later vacated) ... Pepperdine is officially 17-14 all-time in the MPSF Tournament (22-14 counting wins later vacated during the 2008 and 2009 seasons).

WAVES VS. BRUINS IN MPSF TOURNAMENT - Pepperdine is officially 1-2 all-time vs. UCLA in the MPSF Tournament ... The Waves def. UCLA 3-1 in 1998 for its first-ever MPSF Tournament championship ... UCLA later returned the favor with a 3-1 win in the tournament title match during the 2000 season ... The Waves lost to UCLA 3-0 in the 2006 MPSF Tournament semifinals ... The Waves topped the Bruins 3-1 in the quarterfinals in 2008 (later vacated).

UCLA - The #4-ranked Bruins are 20-10 after finishing the regular-season with 3-0 wins over BYU, Pepperdine and USC ... Gonzalo Quiroga averages 3.67 kills/set and 0.48 aces/set ... Robart Page follows with 3.23 kills/set.

SERIES SCORE - UCLA leads the all-time series vs. Pepperdine 76-31 and is 45-10 when playing in Westwood ... Pepperdine’s last official win against the Bruins came during the 2007 season ... The Waves swept the season series vs. UCLA that year.

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

MPSF LEADERS - Matt West ranks second in the MPSF with 11.33 assists/set and ranks 15th in aces (0.24) ... Maurice Torres ranks first in kills (4.23), first in points (5.05) and fifth in aces (0.36) ... Parker Kalmbach ranks fifth in the league with a 1.25 blocks/set average and ranks 10th with a .382 hitting percentage ... Nikola Antonijevic averages 1.05 blocks/set to rank 10th.

MPSF TEAM STATS - As a team, the Waves rank second in the MPSF with 2.76 blocks/set ... Pepperdine ranks second in assists (12.39) ... Pepperdine sits in fourth in the league in hitting percentage (.300) and third in kills (12.89) ... Pepperdine also ranks eighth in opponent hitting percentage (.278), sixth in service aces (1.11) and 13th in digs (7.47).

NCAA RANKS - In the latest NCAA rankings release Maurice Torres leads the NCAA with 5.05 points/set and ranks second with 4.23 kills/set ... Torres’ 0.38 aces/set ranks 12th ... Matt West ranks No. 1 in the NCAA with 11.33 assists/set (Calculated separately from MPSF stats) ... Parker Kalmbach ranks eighth in the NCAA in blocks (1.25) followed by Nikola Antonijevic in 24th (1.05) ... Kalmbach boasts the fifth-highest hitting percentage in the NCAA (.382) ... ... As a team, Pepperdine leads the country in assists (12.39), ranks fourth in blocks (2.76), fifth in hitting percentage (.300) and fifth in kills (12.89).

TORRES - Maurice Torres, the Waves’ kills leader the past three seasons, is once again Pepperdine’s go-to player on the court ... Torres leads the MPSF this year and ranks second in the NCAA with 4.23 kills/set. He also leads the NCAA with 5.05 points/set ... He has surpassed double digit kill totals in all but two matches this season including nine 20+ kill performances ... He registered a season-high 28 kills against Cal State Northridge (April 4) ... He was named MPSF Player of the Week on Feb. 18 ... 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 ... When Torres is hitting over .300 the Waves are 11-1 (only loss being to USC). Conversely, when he’s hitting at a sub-.300 clip, Pepperdine is 3-10 ... Torres was an AVCA All-American second team selection in 2012 and an All-MPSF first team member.

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 jump serve and the change has paid dividends ... He currently ranks second behind Torres with 24 service aces and ranks 15th in the conference with a 0.26 aces/set average ... He tallied a career-best four aces vs. Hope International (March 8) ... USC (Feb. 1) was only able to sideout at a 48-percent rate when West was serving ... He ranks second the league and first in NCAA with 11.33 assists/set in 2013 ... He was awarded MPSF Player of the Week honors on March 18 after averaging 12.43 assists/set in wins over UC Irvine and UC San Diego.

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 then-career-best 11 digs ... It was the first kills-digs double-double by any Wave in 2013 ... Taylor was spectacular against the 49ers (April 6) with 18 kills and a career-high 13 digs ... Maurice Torres has registered four kills-digs double-doubles this season, first against Cal Baptist (Feb. 13), and again versus BYU (Feb. 15), UC Irvine (March 12) and Long Beach State (April 6) ... 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.

CHECK THE RECORD - In Pepperdine’s career record book, Maurice Torres has made his mark in several categories ... He ranks sixth in career kills with 1,623 ... ... Torres’ 135 service aces rank fifth ... Matt West’s assist total of 2,431 ranks seventh all-time ... Torres recently broke into the top-10 in the digs category, and currently ranks 10th with 616 ... Torres currently ranks 10th with a career kills average of 4.03 ... His 3181 attack attempts rank eighth ... West’s assists average of 11.36 ranks sixth.

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 ranks fifth in the MPSF with a 1.25 blocks/set average ... 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 1.81 kills/set and has reached double figures in kills in five matches this year.

HIT ‘EM HIGH - The Waves hit .542 vs. Hope International on March 8 ... That hitting percentage stands as the highest achieved by any team in the league in 2013 ... Scott Rhein individually hit .812 vs. UC San Diego on March 15 which ranks as the second-best clip by any MPSF player in this season.

RHEIN TIME! - Sophomore Scott Rhein nearly set a Pepperdine record in hitting percentage on March 15 vs. UC San Diego ... Rhein was hitting over .900 for most of the night - a would-be Pepperdine record - going an errorless 4-for-4 in the opening frame, followed by a 5-for-6 effort in set two ... The Tritons dug two Rhein attacks in the third set to push his success rate down to .812 (13 kills-0 errors-16 attacks), which still ranks fifth all-time at Pepperdine (rally scoring era only) ... Two-time All-American Andy Hein (2006-06) holds the record with a .909 (10-0-11) hitting percentage which was achieved vs. Long Beach State on April 30, 2005 ... Rhein is the only outside hitter to rank in the top-five in the single-match hitting percentage category ... Hein also ranks second (.882), followed by Tyler Jaynes (2008-11, .875) and Brad Keenan (2000-03, .833) – all middle blockers.

ON THE OUTSIDE - Josh Taylor is a mainstay on the outside, while Scott Rhein and Beau Vandeweghe have both gotten the starting call at the other pin ... With Kyle Gerrans on the disabled list, Scott Rhein took over the starting spot, while Vandeweghe has started twice in recent weeks and is Coach Dunphy’s go-to palyer off the bench ... Taylor, who ranked second behind Torres in 2012 with 3.52 kills/set, currently averages 3.08 kills/set as a sophomore ... 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; UCSD, March 15) ... Vandeweghe had a 10-kill performance vs. Long Beach State (4/6) preceded by an eight-dig night against Cal State Northridge (4/4).

HOME COURT ADVANTAGE - Pepperdine was a perfect 6-0 when playing inside Firestone Fieldhouse before UCLA snapped that streak on Feb. 23 ... The Waves, 10-2 at home in 2013, typically play very well in Firestone and average 13.19 kills, 12.81 assists, 1.42 aces, 8.06 digs and 2.97 blocks while hitting .344 in Malibu.

SOCIAL MEDIA - Fans can follow the Waves on Twitter  @PepperdineMVB and “like” us on Facebook by searching for Pepperdine Athletics or Pepperdine Men’s Volleyball.

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).

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.

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).

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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