Winters, Pepperdine Storm Past Cal State Northrige, 3-0; Waves Face BYU Thursday
April 24, 2004
MALIBU, Calif. - In his last collegiate match ever at Firestone Fieldhouse, Fred Winters made it count most.
The lone senior on the Pepperdine squad recorded a career-high six service aces, added a season-high-tying three block solos, led both teams with 18 kills, pitched in five digs, and earned 28.0 points as the Waves swept Cal State Northridge, 3-0, in the opening round of the 2004 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Tournament.
The Waves improved to 19-8 overall and 15-8 in MPSF matches, while the Matadors dropped to 19-11 and 13-10. Game scores were 30-25, 30-27, and 30-27.
Pepperdine, who ranks first in the nation in hitting percentage, finished with its second lowest percentage of the season (.274), but made up for it in serving where the Waves registered a season-high 11 aces. Andy Hein and Sean Rooney added two a piece and Tom Hulse accounted for one, respectively.
For the Matadors, Brian Waite paced the offensive attack with 12 kills and 13.5 points; Doug English had an impressive 21 digs.
The Waves held CSUN to a .233 hitting percentage and outblocked the opponent, 11.5 to 6.5.
Sean Rooney finished the match with 15 kills, a .323 hitting percentage, three blocks assists and a team-high-tying nine digs. Opposite James Ka contributed nine digs, eight kills, and 8.5 points. The middle blockers got it done: Hein totaled six kills and four total blocks (1-3), while Hulse threw in three kills and four blocks (1-3). Libero Tanner Sutherland added eight digs on defense.
BYU will take on the Waves in the semi-final round of the tournament on Thursday, Apr. 29 at the Smith Fieldhouse. The first serve is set for 6 p.m. (PDT). Following the Waves' match, UCLA will face off against Long Beach State for the 8 p.m. match at the Fieldhouse. Tickets for next week's matches will go on sale on Monday at BYU.
A live radio link will be available via the Pepperdine Athletic website.