Waves Host No. 7 UC Santa Barbara Saturday to Open MPSF Play
Pepperdine Welcomes Air Force to Malibu Sunday
Oct. 18, 2013
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THIS WEEK — Pepperdine opens the 2013 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) schedule when it hosts No. 7 UC Santa Barbara Saturday, October 19 in a noon showdown at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool. The Waves then welcome the Falcons of Air Force to Malibu Sunday for a 1:00 p.m. non-conference contest. Both matches against the Gauchos and Falcons will be streamed live on the official website of Pepperdine Athletics, PepperdineSports.com via WaveCasts. In addition follow live updates on Twitter @PeppWaterPolo.
WAVES AND GAUCHOS — Pepperdine leads the all-time series against UC Santa Barbara 58-37. The Gauchos took an 8-4 victory at the NorCal Tournament before the Waves bounced back for a 11-7 road victory in MPSF play. UCSB posted a 9-6 win in the MPSF Tournament.
WAVES AND FALCONS — Pepperdine leads the all-time series against the Air Force Academy 33-4, but the two squads have not faced each other since 2005. The Waves took a 12-3 triumph and have the last five straight meetings.
RANKINGS — After going 3-1 and finishing 11th at the 2013 SoCal Tournament, Pepperdine dropped one spot to No. 9 in this week’s Collegiate Water Polo Association poll.
LAST WEEK — Pepperdine dropped a disappointing 7-6 decision to tournament host No. 7 UC Irvine to open the 2013 SoCal Tournament. The Waves bounced back for three straight wins against Pomona-Pitzer (13-4), No. 14 UC Davis (10-8) and No. 11 Concordia (14-7), good for an 11th-place showing. Luke Hewko led the way offensively with 19 goals in three matches, while Marko Madaras chipped in seven goals. Bence Valics recorded 28 saves in three contests.
WAVE NOTABLES — Sophomore UTL Luke Hewko enters the sixth week of the 2013 regular season as Pepperdine’s leading scorer with 43 goals, while junior ATK Marko Madaras rates second with 21 goals. Hewko ranks second among MPSF scoring leaders while Madaras is 17th. Senior All-American goalkeeper Bence Valics has collected 113 saves and rates eighth among MPSF leaders in saves per game (10.46).
HOME POOL ADVANTAGE — In its first 38 years of existence, Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool has hosted many Pepperdine victories. The Waves enter the 2013 season 268-106 all-time at home, boasting a win percentage of .717. The Waves have posted a winning record at home in 30 of 38 seasons.
RALEIGH RUNNELS POOL RENOVATED — Pepperdine’s Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool underwent a massive renovation project during the spring and summer of 2013 which will ensure the host site for water polo in the 1984 Olympics will flourish in its fourth decade of service. A brand new video scoreboard was also installed for the 2013 campaign.
UP NEXT — Pepperdine hosts Air Force Academy Sunday, October 20. Match time against the Falcons is set for 1:00 p.m.. It will be the first meeting between the two teams since 2005.
HE’S A LEGACY — Redshirt sophomore Luke Hewko is continuing a family tradition at Pepperdine. Hewko leads the Waves in scoring and is the brother of former Pepperdine two-time All-American Adam Hewko (2004-08), who rates seventh in career scoring (218).
COACH SCHROEDER — Water polo icon Terry Schroeder returned this season for his second tour of duty as the men’s water polo head coach. In his first stint with Pepperdine (1986-2005) he amassed 340 wins and a national championship in 1997. The head coach for USA Water Polo at the last two Olympics, Schroeder has been inducted into the Capital One Academic All-America Hall of Fame (2013), International Swimming Hall of Fame (2005), U.S. Water Polo Hall of Fame (1998) and the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame (1985).
COACH MOSES — Two-time U.S. Olympian (2008, 2012) and former Pepperdine All-American Merrill Moses returns for the 2013 season as an assistant after serving as an interim co-head coach in 2012. A 2013 inductee into the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame, Moses led the United States to a gold medal at the 2007 and 2011 Pan American Games. Moses also led the Waves to the 1997 national championship where they captured their first title.
PEPPERDINE WATER POLO HISTORY — Since 1990, only five different universities have won an NCAA water polo title: four football schools and Pepperdine. The Waves claimed their first NCAA title by beating USC in the final in 1997. Heading into 2013, the Waves had posted winning records in 28 of 38 seasons and had an all-time record of 693-439-8 (.609).
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.