Pepperdine outlasts BYU in five sets to take top-five matchup
MALIBU, Calif. -- Third-ranked Pepperdine came from behind to beat No. 4 BYU 15-11 in the fifth set to hand the Cougars their first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation loss of the season. Josh Taylor paced the match with 21 kills to lead the Waves, followed by Parker Kalmbach with 17.
With the 25-19, 17-25, 25-21, 26-28, 15-11 victory, Pepperdine moves to 5-1 on the season. BYU drops to 6-3 overall and 6-1 in MPSF play.
Taylor, who didn't even make his first attack attempt until late in set one, finished the night with 21 kills, four blocks and an ace. Kalmbach followed with 17 while hitting .406 (17 kills-4 errors-32 attempts).
Nikola Antonijevic, ranking in at No. 2 in the NCAA with a 1.60 blocks per set average, maintained that number tonight with a team-high eight roofs.
Matt Tarantino did a little bit of everything for Pepperdine, posting seven kills, two aces, two digs and two blocks.
The first three sets were relatively tame, with the Waves taking the early lead in the first and third frames, and in both instances riding the momentum to victory relatively unchallenged. Set two looked much the same, but only with BYU in control the majority of the stanza.
Although Pepperdine had its chances in the fourth set and led by as much as four, 14-10, the Cougars clawed their way back and eventually knotted the score at 18-all. The Waves killed off three set points before BYU was able to squeak away with the 28-26 triumph and force a fifth.
Pepperdine returned the favor in the final set, rallying back from an early deficit to earn the win.
The Waves fell behind early, 3-6, in set five but Kalmbach pegged down a kill out of the timeout. Antonijevic and Taylor got another point back for Pepperdine after stopping Josh Grosh's attack short with a block.
A 3-2 run deadlocked the score at 8-8, and Taylor came up with a solo block to tip the scales in the Waves' favor in for the first time in the frame.
BYU got the sideout to tie the score up once again, but Taylor would nail down another kill to give Pepperdine the lead once and for all.
The deal was sealed when Matt West came up with a pancake dig that translated into yet another Taylor kill, 13-10.
Put aways courtesy of Kyle Gerrans and Antonijevic would clinch set five 15-11.
No. 6 Long Beach State 3, No. 7 Stanford 2
STANFORD, Calif. -- Behind a career-high 29 kills from senior Taylor Crabb, sixth-ranked Long Beach State pulled off a 3-2 comeback win at No. 7 Stanford Friday evening at Maples Pavilion. Set scores were 17-25, 25-27, 25-18, 25-18, 15-11.
Crabb, whose 29 kills were the most by any player in the MPSF this season, added 12 digs for his second-straight double-double. He also finished with two aces and hit .324.
Senior Ian Satterfield contributed 13 kills and nine digs, while sophomore Andrew Sato registered his fifth double-figure dig match with 13.
Senior Connor Olbright also notched his second consecutive double-double with 52 assists and a career-high 17 digs.
LBSU, which earned its fourth-straight victory in its series with Stanford, improved to 5-3 overall and 4-3 in MPSF action.
Stanford (4-4, 1-4 MPSF) led wire-to-wire in the first set as it jumped out to an early 7-1 lead. Long Beach State cut the deficit to four at 16-12 after a kill from Satterfield and a Cardinal hitting error. The home team would go back on top by six, but after a 49er timeout, LBSU scored three-straight points, capped by an Olbright ace, to make it 20-17. Stanford then proceeded to score the next five points for the 25-17 victory.
It was a seesaw battle early in set two with six ties and three lead changes before Long Beach State pulled ahead, 16-13, on an ace from Eric Ensing. The Cardinal eventually knotted it up at 17-17 and it went back-and-forth again with seven more tie scores. LBSU was able to hold off three set points until a kill from Daniel Tublin gave Stanford the 27-25 win.
The 49ers regrouped and came out attacking in the third frame. They used a huge 9-0 run to go on top, 11-2, and never looked back as they led by at least six the rest of the way. A Stanford service error would end it at 25-18.
Long Beach State used a late push in the fourth set for another 25-18 victory. The Cardinal held a 10-7 advantage, but the 49ers came back to even the score at 10-10 on a Crabb kill. After trading points, LBSU used a 6-2 spurt to go up, 18-14. Long Beach State continued to side out and back-to-back kills from Crabb and Satterfield closed it out, forcing the decisive fifth set.
The 49ers had another late surge in the final stanza as they broke a 10-10 tie with four-straight points. After Stanford sided out, a kill by Jeff Ornee gave the 49ers the 15-11 win.
Brian Cook paced Stanford with 15 kills, while Grant Delgado had a match-high 18 digs.
No. 8 UC Irvine 3, UC San Diego 0
IRVINE, Calif. -- Senior Jeremy Dejno led UC Irvine to a 3-0 victory (25-11, 25-20, 25-12) against UC San Diego at the Bren Center Friday.
Dejno had a match-high 15 kills, while hitting .667 (15-2-21). The outside hitter also recorded a career-high five block assists. Opposite Zack La Cavera added nine kills and a match-high seven digs. Middle blocker Collin Mehring hit .714 (5-0-7) and had five total blocks, while middle blocker Scott Kevorken hit .667 (6-0-9) with three aces and four blocks. Daniel Stork totaled 29 set assists and four digs. Libero Michael Brinkley added six digs.
UCSD was led by Mike Brunsting with nine kills, six digs and two solo blocks. Nick Iorfino recorded five digs and Garrett Dempsey had 19 set assists.
Scott Kevorken fired three consecutive aces to get the Anteaters going in the first set, 5-1. UCI would hit .579 (12-1-19) and record five aces as they won the set 25-11.
With the score tied at 18-18 in the second set, UCI went on a 3-0 run that was capped by a Kevorken solo block to take a 21-18 lead. The Anteaters would win the set 25-20 behind five kills by Jeremy Dejno.
The Anteaters led 13-9 before Connor Hughes stepped up to the service line and UCI went on a 9-0 run to open a 22-9 advantage. In the run, UCI had three blocks and three Dejno kills. The Anteaters would close out the match with a 25-12 victory.
UCI goes to 6-5 overall and 3-4 in the MPSF, while UCSD falls to 0-9 on the year and 0-8 in the MPSF.
No. 9 UC Santa Barbara 3, No. 11 Hawaii 2
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Ninth-ranked UC Santa Barbara improved its home record to an impressive 5-1 mark on Friday night after besting visiting Hawaii for the second time in as many nights, extending its winning streak against the Rainbow Warriors to seven matches with a nailbiting 3-2 victory.
Game scores for the match were 20-25, 25-23, 25-14, 21-25, 15-13. With the win, the Gauchos improved to 5-2 overall and 4-2 in the MPSF conference. No. 11 Hawaii fell to 5-4, 3-3.
The Gauchos were able to mount a strong start in both games two (10-4 run to start the set) and three (13-3), and Hawai'i was never able to close the gap. Seif did a good job of balancing out the offense, as four players finished in double-digit kills (Licht, Kingi - 15, Jake Staahl, Matt Hanley - 10 each). The Thousand Oaks, Calif. native also picked up his first double-double of the season with his 45-assist, 11-dig scoreline, and also tied a career high with eight blocks.
After a dominant third set that saw UCSB hit a blistering .647 and hold Hawai'i to just 14 points, they struggled at the outset of game four, allowing the opposition to take a 14-10 lead. The Gauchos battled back to make it 21-all late in the set, but a double block from Taylor Averill and Sinisa Zarkovic sapped any momentum and precipitated a game-clinching 4-0 run.
The Gauchos did a good job scrambling on long rallies, as evidenced by abnormally high assist numbers for libero Chad Kingi (six) and outside hitter Hanley (three). Jake Staahl and Ryan Thompson dominated the middle at times, recording seven blocks apiece.
The Rainbow Warriors were led by outside hitter Brook Sedore (team-high 15 kills) and middle blocker Taylor Averill (14 kills, .500 hitting percentage, eight blocks). Hawai'i was much improved in the serving department, as they recorded five aces – including four in the first set – after being shut out on Thursday night.