LOS ANGELES -- Third-ranked Pepperdine earned its first road victory of the year -- a 3-1 win against No. 5 Southern California -- thanks in large part to the efforts of opposite-side hitter Parker Kalmbach, who turned in 11 kills and 13 digs, and clinched the match in the fourth set with his match-high 10th block of the night.
The Waves improved to 3-0 overall and in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action, while the Trojans suffered their first loss of the season and fell to 3-1 (2-1 MPSF). Pepperdine rebounded from a first-set loss to win 26-28, 25-22, 25-22, 26-24.
Kalmbach set a career high with his 13 digs and tied his all-time best with the 10 blocks. It is his first triple-double and the first for any Wave since March 15, 2010, when Maurice Torres posted 16 kills, 10 digs and 10 blocks. It is just the fourth triple-double by any MPSF player since the 2007 season.
Go-to outside hitter Josh Taylor led the match with 17 kills and 12 digs, but was limited to an uncharacteristically low hitting percentage.
Kyle Gerrans stepped up for the Waves, pounding down 16 kills earned at a .452 (16 kills-2 errors-31 attempts) clip. He was the third Pepperdine player to earn a kills-digs double-double, and ended the match with 13 digs. It was his first official double-double after unofficially doing so a few weeks ago in exhibition action.
The Waves got a big boost from J.J. Mosolf, who came off the bench and tallied a career-high 10 kills off of 13 errorless swings.
Matt West dished 51 assists in the four-set win, while adding 11 digs on defense. Brennan Anderson was the fifth Wave to reach double-digit dig totals with 10 saves.
Defense was the name of the game. The Waves outdug the Trojans 61-54. The 61 digs ties for the fourth most in Pepperdine's single-match history (rally scoring era only). At the net, Pepperdine held an 18.5-9.0 blocking advantage.
No. 4 Long Beach State 3, No. 10 Hawaii 0
HONOLULU -- Fourth-ranked Long Beach State made quick work of No. 10 Hawai'i with a 25-17, 25-20, 25-22 victory Thursday evening in front of 2,498 fans at Stan Sheriff Center.
LBSU improved to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation matches, while UH dropped to 2-2, 0-1 MPSF.
Connor Olbright guided a balanced 49er attack with 33 assists to go along with eight digs. Long Beach State finished the night hitting .363.
Taylor Crabb led LBSU with 12 kills, eight digs, five blocks and two aces. Ian Satterfield added eight kills and five blocks. Satterfield did not commit a hitting error on 16 attempts.
Jeff Ornee, Taylor Gregory and Andrew Whitt chipped in six kills each. Ornee also had a team-high six blocks, while Whitt and Andrew Sato both contributed seven digs.
The Rainbow Warriors hit just .153 on the evening and were paced by Brook Sedore's match-high 16 kills. Kolby Kanetake also had 11 digs.