No. 2 Pepperdine Sweeps No. 8 CSUN in MPSF Action


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Malibu, Calif. - The second-ranked Pepperdine men's volleyball team continued its strong start to the season, as the Waves posted a 3-0 sweep (30-22, 30-27, 30-22) of eighth-ranked Cal State Northridge in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play on Saturday afternoon at Firestone Fieldhouse.

Junior opposite Paul Carroll (Forster, Australia) led the Waves with 17 kills and hit .433 on 30 swings while also adding a team-best six block assists. Senior setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge HS), the reigning national player of the year, posted 27 assists, six digs and three kills for the Waves.

The Waves (2-0, 2-0 MPSF) hit .361 as a team for the match and committed only 10 errors, compared to a .253 mark for the Matadors (3-2, 1-1 MPSF) and 20 errors.

"The key to the match was game two. It's always good to make a comeback, and I thought that was an important game for us," Pepperdine Coach Marv Dunphy said. "When we were down 22-17, we served in and hit in and we made the plays we needed to win. It was good to get everyone involved today, and I thought we played really well."

The Waves built up an early lead in game one at 9-4 and stayed ahead by no less than four points the entire game before eventually pulling away and posting a 30-22 victory. The Waves hit a blistering .571 for the game, while the Matadors were limited to a .206 mark. The Matadors responded in game two after the teams traded points early and were tied at 4-4. A 10-5 run gave the Matadors a 14-9 lead, and they maintained the five-point lead until they led 22-17. The Waves rallied to close out the game on a 13-5 run to post the 30-27 victory. The Waves carried the momentum into the third game as they led throughout the contest and posted a 30-22 victory and the sweep.

Cal State Northridge was led by Mike Gaudino, who notched 11 kills and hit .562 for the match, and Cody Loe, who had 11 kills and five block assists.

Up next, the Waves travel to Stockton, Calif., to face Pacific on Friday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m.

Article courtesy of Pepperdine athletics.

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