Dejno
UCI

IRVINE, Calif. – Sophomore Jeremy Dejno had a match-high 15 kills and five aces to lead second-ranked UC Irvine to a 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 25-21, 25-21) victory against No. 6 Pepperdine at the Bren Events Center on Wednesday.

UCI improves to 6-2 overall and evens its MPSF record to 2-2. Pepperdine suffers its first league loss (4-1) and goes to 5-2 overall.

Outside hitter Jeremy Dejno led the Anteaters with a match-high 15 kills and five service aces. His five aces ties his career-high and is tied for seventh in the UCI match records.

Junior outside hitter Kevin Tillie put away a career-best 13 kills, while hitting .478 (13-2-23). Seniors Dan McDonnell and Carson Clark each had nine kills, with McDonnell leading all players with five total blocks. Freshman libero Michael Brinkley had a match and career-high 11 digs, while sophomore setter Daniel Stork recorded 54 set assists and two block assists. Middle blocker Scott Kevorken added eight kills and freshman opposite Zack La Cavera had six kills and two block assists in three sets.

Pepperdine was led by Maurice Torres with 15 kills, 11 digs and two aces. Josh Taylor recorded 10 kills, while Chase Ross had nine kills and Matt West had 36 set assists.

In the first set, Pepperdine held the early 14-12 lead before UC Irvine scored four unanswered on a Wave attack error, an ace by Jeremy Dejno and a pair of kills by Dan McDonnell in the middle to take the 16-14 lead. UCI would not trail again and would win the set, 25-20 on a Pepperdine service error. UCI's Kevin Tillie hit .750 with six kills on eight attempts and no errors. UCI hit .533 to Pepperdine's .250.

TOP 25 SCORES
No. 2 UC Irvine 3, Pepperdine 1
No. 11 Long Beach St. 3, Cal Baptist 0
No. 3 UCLA 3, No. 9 Cal State Northridge 0

Roles reversed in the second set as Pepperdine won 25-21, hitting .579 to the Anteaters' .276. A kill by Josh Taylor and back-to back Pepperdine blocks gave the Waves the 9-5 advantage. Two consecutive kills by Dejno narrowed the Anteaters deficit to 20-19, but Pepperdine responded with the next three points extending the lead to 23-19.

UCI trailed 5-3 in the third set then out-scored the Waves 10-5 to go ahead 13-10. The Anteaters would score four unanswered, the last two aces by Dejno to extend the lead to 19-14. A kill by McDonnell gave UCI the 25-21 victory. The Anteaters had three blocks and three aces in the set.

UCI scored five straight, the last another Dejno ace, to erase a 12-10 Pepperdine lead and jump to a 15-12 advantage. The Anteaters would go on to the 25-21 win in the set and take the match, 3-1. The Anteaters hit just .250 (17-9-32) in the final set, but Pepperdine ht .182 (7-3-22).