Pepperdine Hosts Cal State Northridge in MPSF First Round Match

April 20, 2006

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Waves, CSUN Open MPSF First Round For the third time in as many seasons Pepperdine will host Cal State Northridge in the MPSF Tournament. First serve at Firestone Fieldhouse is scheduled for 7 p.m. (PDT). The match will be the first of three conference matches Saturday night as LBSU hosts BYU at 7:30, while Hawaii hosts either UCLA or UCSB at 7 p.m. (HT).

About the Waves Pepperdine is under the direction of Marv Dunphy who is in his 23rd season as head coach of the Waves. Pepperdine sits at 16-7 on the season. Senior middle blocker Andy Hein leads the team in hitting at a .508 clip, while John Parfitt leads a balanced Wave attack at 4.07 kills per game. Jonathan Winder averages 13.29 assists per game as the team is hitting .320 on the year. As a team the Waves are blocking 3.57 per game led by Hein's 1.58 and Tom Hulse's 1.49.

Pepperdine head coach Marv Dunphy Marv Dunphy is in his 23rd season as the head coach of the Pepperdine Waves. Under Dunphy, Pepperdine is 425-169 with four national titles. Dunphy had a four-year stint with the US national team where he compiled a 196-31 record and an Olympic Gold Medal. He was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1994.

About the Pepperdine Program In its 36th installment, the Pepperdine men's volleyball team has posted an overall record of 560-257, including a 390-189 MPSF record. The Waves have made 13 NCAA Championship appearances including four since 2000 and have won five national titles (2005, 1992, 1986, 1985, 1978). Pepperdine has a total of eight MPSF conference titles (including shared titles), including three in the last four seasons.

About the Matadors Northridge is 7-3 in its last 10 matches after closing the regular season with back-to-back losses to UC Irivne and UCLA. CSUN enters the week ranked sixth in the latest CSTV/AVCA polls, down three spots from last week. Dan Rhodes' 4.29 kills per game leads CSUN as does Brian Waite's .441 hitting percentage.

Pepperdine in the Polls For the first time since claiming the nation's No. 1 ranking on Jan. 30, Pepperdine moved up in the latest CSTV/AVCA Poll. After falling from the top spot to No. 6 last week, the Waves moved back up to No. 4 this week. It is Pepperdine's highest ranking since March 20 and its third week at the fourth spot.

Last Time Out Pepperdine won its seventh-ninth consecutive home games when it swept No. 11 USC (30-21, 30-23, 30-19) in the Wave's final home match of the regular season. The last time the Waves dropped a home game was game one against Cal Baptist (22-30) on March 30. In the victory, Pepperdine hit .411 and limited the Trojans to just .075, while out blocking the visitors 15.5-4.5.

Waves Against the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Pepperdine has posted a 88-21 conference record since the MPSF went to a round-robin format in 2002 -- the top mark during its time period. All time, the Waves are 390-189 in conference play.

Season-Opening Streak Washed Away Coming into the season, Pepperdine held the nation's longest win streak of eight matches dating back to the 2005 season. That streak would reach 13 before coming to an end after falling to BYU, 3-1, on Feb. 3. The following week the Waves dropped a 3-0 decision to Hawaii in Malibu, ending the team's 18-match home win streak and in falling 3-2 to UCSB on Feb. 15, Pepperdine had its seven-match win streak in game fives come to an end.

Waves in the MPSF Tournament Pepperdine is 16-9 all time in the MPSF tournament after posting a 2-0 record last season. Only four times in 13 appearances have the Waves failed to win their first match of the conference tournament (1996, 1997, 1999, 2001). This season marks the 11th-consecutive year Pepperdine has advanced to the MPSF championships. Since 2000 the Waves are 10-4 and have advanced to the conference title match five times.

Pepperdine and No. 1 vs. No. 2 Since the 2000 season No. 1 and No. 2 have face each other 23 times, with the second-ranked team holding a slim 12-11 advantage. Pepperdine has been a part of 11 No. 1 vs. No. 2 match-ups all-time and as the top team, the Waves are 3-3 after splitting with No. 2 BYU. As the No. 2 seed they are 2-3 all-time.

Pepperdine Breaks Home-Win Streak Mark The Waves had won the 18 consecutive home contests dating back to the home finale of the 2004 season before being swept by Hawaii in the second of a two-match series. The most recent run of success topped the 16 consecutive victories at Firestone Fieldhouse set during the 2002 and 2003 seasons. The most recent streak included a 14-0 home record last season and four wins to open 2006. The Waves have won their last five home matches dating back to March 9.

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie. Oy, OY, OY! Pepperdine freshman Paul Carroll came to Malibu via Australia. After fellow Aussie Joseph Hachem claimed the 2005 World Series of Poker Main Event, the chant, "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie. Oy, Oy, Oy!" became worldly famous as a chant among natives from down under and is a fan-favorite when the Forster native gets ready to serve.

30 Ain't Enough Although volleyball is played as "the first two 30," it is the clause of "must win by two" which has caused Pepperdine some troubles this season. Game three of the season opener against Stanford gave a bit of foreshadowing as the Waves lost the game, 31-29. The following night against Pacific, Pepperdine won game four 32-30. This season, the Waves have had a game go past the minimum 30 points nine times with a season-high of 37 (both losses). The last time Pepperdine went beyond 30 came on March 18 at UC Irvine when it fell 34-32 in game two.

Wave's Success Starts with the Serve To find Pepperdine's keys to success, one needs to look no further than the way a point starts. In the Wave's 16 victories this season they have recorded 77 aces and only been aced 57 times. In Pepperdine's seven losses it has only logged 18 aces and been aced 35 times.

Opponents Stay Steady, Waves Up and Down Pepperdine is 10-2 at home and just 6-5 away from Malibu. But it is more Pepperdine's undoing on the road that has cost them. The Wave's opponents are hitting .249 at Firestone Fieldhouse and .247 in their home venues. In contrast, Pepperdine is hitting .344 in home matches but just .293 on the road.

Pepperdine Tops BYU by Slimmest of Margins Pepperdine swept BYU on Feb. 4, winning by the minimum two points in all three games (30-28, 30-28, 32-30). But as unlikely a situation as it was, the match was the third time (rally-scoring era) the Waves have won a match by six points and all three have been Pepperdine sweeps. The last time it occurred was in 2003 when Pepperdine and Stanford locked horns in Palo Alto, Calif. The Waves left the gym with a 37-35, 41-39, 30-28 victory over the Cardinal that night. The first time it happened was in Provo when Pepperdine defeated BYU by scores of 31-29, 35-33, 32-30.

The Legacy of No. 12 Freshman Paul Carroll has some big shoes to fill this season. The 6-7 Carroll will wear jersey No. 12 this season, taking over for the AVCA National Player of the Year Sean Rooney. But Rooney was just another in the long lineage of Pepperdine greats to sport the number 12. Current Wave assistant Scott Wong wore 12 and was a two-time AVCA All-American before Rooney.

New Faces, Same Line-up Despite replacing two starters and the libero, Pepperdine's starting line-up is the same numerically as it was during 2005's championship run. Back are Jonathan Winder (15), Andy Hein (3), Tom Hulse (14) and John Parfitt (16). Departed are Sean Rooney (12), John Mayer (11) and libero James Ka (9). This season Jon Grobe switched from #13 to #11 and starts on the outside, freshman Paul Carroll dons the #12 and freshman J.D. Schleppenbach wears #9 at libero.

Dunphy Tabbed One of 20 Most Influential Names in Volleyball The January 2006 issue of Volleyball Magazine lists the 20 most influential names in the sport of volleyball. Pepperdine head coach Marv Dunphy ranked No. 13 on the list as one of just two college men's coaches to be listed.

Waves at home in Firestone Built in 1973, Firestone Fieldhouse has been home to the Pepperdine men's volleyball program since the 1974 season. During that time, the Waves have posted an overall record of 302-86. Pepperdine has posted two undefeated home records going 14-0 in 2005 in 1976 the Waves went 6-0. Eight times Pepperdine has had seven one-loss home records, most recently in 2002 the same season it posted a school-record 17 wins.

Pepperdine Repeats as Brian Mallard Champions For the second consecutive season, the Pepperdine Waves headed north of the border for a final tune-up before opening MPSF play. Just like in 2005, Pepperdine walked away with the championship trophy. Jonathan Winder was tabbed tournament MVP, while Jon Grobe was named to the all-tournament team. While in Saskatoon, Canada, the Waves went 2-2.

Pepperdine Best D1-AAA School The Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association presented Pepperdine the 2004-05 All-Sports Trophy as the top-rated NCAA Division I institution not competing in football. Part of the prestigious Sports Academy Directors' Cup program for all NCAA Division I schools, Pepperdine competed in 14 sports. In addition to a National Championship in men's volleyball, the Waves women's golf team finished 4th in the nation, men's tennis ended the year ranked 5th nationally, Waves baseball finished 17th in the national polls, women's soccer was rated 33rd in Division I and men's golf concluding the year 31st in the NCAA as golfer Michael Putnam won the Byron Nelson Award taking home the silver trophy at the NCAA Championships (July 7).



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