Carroll's 30 Kills Lead No. 2 Pepperdine Over No. 6 BYU, 3-1
MALIBU, Calif. - Senior opposite Paul Carroll pounded out 30 kills to lead the No. 2 Pepperdine men's volleyball team to a 3-1 victory over No. 6 Brigham Young (30-28, 28-30, 30-20, 30-28) in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play at Firestone Fieldhouse on Thursday night.
The Waves (20-3, 18-3 MPSF) and Cougars (16-12, 12-9 MPSF) meet for a second time on Friday night (April 17) at 7 p.m. in the regular-season finale for both teams. With a victory, the Waves will win at least a share of the MPSF regular-season title. Pepperdine is also hoping that #4 Stanford will beat #1 UC Irvine in Palo Alto on Friday night, as that would give the Waves the title outright and home-court advantage for the upcoming MPSF Tournament.
Carroll (Forster, Australia) hit .490 (30-6-49) and also had eight digs and seven block assists. Junior middle blocker Rodnei Santos (Sao Paulo, Brazil/BYU), playing against his former team, had 12 kills, hit .471 (12-4-17) and added seven blocks. Sophomore outside hitter Cory Riecks (Auburn, Calif./Placer HS) contributed 11 kills.
Sophomore setter Kasey Crider (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) had 55 assists and eight digs. Junior libero Sean Grubbs (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor HS/Irvine Valley CC) added a team-high 12 digs and sophomore middle blocker Tyler Jaynes (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) had a match-high eight block assists.
BYU had four players with double-figures in kills, led by 21 from Mat Taylor and 18 from Andrew Stewart. Yamil Perez had 58 assists and 13 digs.
The Waves outhit the Cougars .360 to .315 and had advantages in blocking (17.0-9.0) and serving (Pepperdine had six aces and 11 errors; BYU had four aces and 24 errors).
BYU got off to a 6-2 start in the first game after a service ace by Russell Lavaja. The Waves eventually tied the game at 9-9 on a service ace by Crider, and took their first lead at 10-9 on a triple block by Jaynes, Carroll and senior outside hitter Matt McKee (Aurora, Ill./Aurora West HS). BYU's last lead was at 14-13 after a kill by Stewart, as Santos followed that with kills on three straight points. Pepperdine eventually built a four-point lead at 20-16, but it didn't last as the Cougars scored four of the next five points to even things up at 21-21. It was still tied at 28-28 when Carroll put the Waves ahead with a kill. On the first game point, Carroll was able to dig Alex Da Pron's attack, and then Carroll put down his seventh kill of the game to end it. Santos had six kills on six swings to help Pepperdine outhit BYU .378 to .333 in the first game.
Pepperdine had the early lead in game two, but couldn't sustain it. Carroll had back-to-back service aces to push the Waves to a 12-9 lead, and they still led by three at 15-12 after a block by McKee and Jaynes. But BYU's Da Pron would later have two kills to tie the game at 16-16. The game stayed tied at 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22 until the Cougars took a two-point lead at 24-22 after a Pepperdine attack error. The Waves would eventually tie it at 25-25, and it would stay tied again until 28-28. After a kill by Stewart, the Cougars claimed the second game on a block by Futi Tavana and Stewart. Despite the close finish, BYU outhit Pepperdine .455 to .250, led by Stewart's seven kills.
Other than an early two-point deficit, the Waves had little problem in winning game three. Carroll, as usual, was the key figure. He had two straight kills to give Pepperdine the advantage for good at 9-7, and the lead steadily grew from there. A Carroll service ace made it 13-10, and he later had two more kills to increase the lead to 18-13. He and Jaynes combined on a block to make it 23-15. A four-point run would give the Waves their largest lead at 28-17, and it included a kill by Carroll and two block assists by Santos. Carroll finished with eight kills in the third game as Pepperdine hit a blistering .632, compared to .212 for BYU.
If the Waves hoped to carry their momentum into game four, it didn't happen right away as BYU jumped out to a 10-4 lead with Stewart scoring three early kills. The Cougars still led by six at 18-12 before Pepperdine quickly turned things around. Junior outside hitter Brent Schirripa (Los Angeles, Calif./Crespi Carmelite HS) came into the game and played an important role. His kill made it 18-14, and the Waves would score five straight points on his serve to allow Pepperdine to take a 20-19 lead. Three of the points came on blocks, and Jaynes was in on all three. Game four stayed tied for a while until the Waves scored again on a Schirripa serve, as a Riecks kill made it 27-25. The teams traded points the rest of the way, and Pepperdine ended the match on a block by Crider and Santos. Carroll had nine more kills in the fourth game as Pepperdine edged BYU .293-.263 in hitting.
Pepperdine's three seniors - Carroll, McKee and Mark Hulse - will be honored prior to Friday night's match. Subscribers to Wave Casts can watch Pepperdine's home matches online at www.pepperdinesports.com.
Article courtesy of Pepperdine athletics.