No. 9 Pepperdine slips by Cal Baptist
Torres notches season-high 26 kills in Waves’ five-set victory
MALIBU, Calif. -- Led by Maurice Torres' double-double, No. 9 Pepperdine edged visiting Cal Baptist 3-2 in a nonconference match on Wednesday evening.
It was a complete team effort as 12 different players saw action for the Waves, who won by set scores of 22-25, 25-16, 19-25, 25-21, 15-10.
Torres starred for Pepperdine, tagging down a season-high 26 kills earned on a .465 hitting percentage. On defense, the junior paced the match with 12 digs for his third double-double of the season. Torres also had a memorable night at the service line as he matched a career-best with four aces.
Overall, the Waves (7-5, 5-4 MPSF) outhit the Lancers 70-51 in kills while hitting for a .317 clip.
Josh Taylor and Matt Pollock also reached double-digit kills totals for Pepperdine, tallying 18 and 11 kills, respectively.
Matt West quarterbacked the offense with 62 assists, and set a career-high with seven blocks. Pollock matched West with seven rejections, as the Waves finished the night with a team total of 12 blocks.
Kyle Gerrans and Mike McMahon split the libero duties, with Gerrans picking up a career-high eight digs and McMahon adding nine.
Chase Ross entered the match in the second set and recorded nine kills, while swinging for a .353 success rate.
Also seeing action off the bench was Joel Lopata, who added three kills and three blocks for the Waves.
After Cal Baptist won the first frame 25-22, the Waves put a halt to the momentum by siding out 100-percent of the time while hitting .667 in the second stanza to win 25-16.
The Lancers (3-10) opened the third set on a 4-0 run that Pepperdine was never able to fully recover from, and once again took the lead following a 25-19 victory.
Defense set the Waves apart in set four, out-digging CBU 14-5 to create enough offensive opportunities to win 25-21 and force a fifth set.
Pollock pounded down a kill to tally the first point of the deciding set, and Pepperdine never relinquished the lead. Back-to-back Torres aces, followed by another Pollock kill would put the Waves up 13-7. Although the Lancers were able to put three more points on the board, a Taylor spike would clinch the 15-10 win to give Pepperdine the victory.