Feb. 6, 2010


Courtesy of Pepperdine

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - For the second time in eight days, the #10 Pepperdine men's volleyball team has beaten the nation's top-ranked team, as the Waves went on the road to defeat #1 Cal State Northridge in four games (30-24, 24-30, 30-22, 30-24) on Friday night in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play.



A week ago, Pepperdine beat then-#1 USC in five games at home. Along with Wednesday's five-game win at #9 UC Santa Barbara, the Waves have won three in a row and are now 4-4 overall and 4-3 in the MPSF.



Defense played a big role in Pepperdine's victory over CSUN (9-2, 6-2). With the help of 11 block assists by junior middle blocker Tyler Jaynes (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS), the Waves had a 20-10 edge in overall blocks. And senior outside hitter J.D. Schleppenbach (Ventura, Calif./Ventura HS) had a match-high 10 digs as the Waves finished with a 43-26 advantage.


The result was that Pepperdine held CSUN to a .169 team hitting percentage, while the Waves hit .287 as a team and got 17 kills from freshman opposite Maurice Torres (Riverside, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) and 14 from junior outside hitter Cory Riecks (Auburn, Calif./Placer HS).



Junior setter Kasey Crider (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) had 46 assists, nine digs and six blocks. Senior middle blocker Rodnei Santos (Sao Paulo, Brazil/BYU) added six kills and eight blocks.


Santos and Torres teamed up for blocks on two straight points early in the first game, and that helped set the tone for the Waves, as they jumped out to leads of 6-2 and 10-5. The Matadors would rally to take a two-point lead, but the Waves went ahead for good at 21-19 after a service ace by senior Kyle Luongo (Palmdale, Calif./Pierce CC), a block by Santos and Riecks and a kill by Riecks. The Waves scored the final four points of the game, the last one on a kill by Schleppenbach.



The Waves led the second game by three at 13-10 but a 6-0 run put the Matadors in front at 18-14. Pepperdine was unable to close the gap as CSUN evened the match at 1-1.


The Matadors had four errors of varying kinds to help Pepperdine take a 4-1 lead in the third game. CSUN eventually tied it up, but at 14-14, Santos had a kill and Jaynes and Crider shared a block. Pepperdine didn't trail again and eventually ended the game on a 4-0 run that included two kills from Torres.



Pepperdine held an 11-8 lead in the fourth game and scored four straight points to go up by seven. After a kill by Schleppenbach and a block by Santos and Crider, the lead grew to 18-9. The Waves maintained a healthy lead the rest of the way and Jaynes finished the match with a kill.



Pepperdine concludes its three-game road swing with its return match at #2 USC next Friday (Feb. 12) at 7 p.m.