Jaynes Leads No. 5 Pepperdine to 3-1 Win Over NAIA No. 2 Cal Baptist
Malibu, Calif. - Freshman middle blocker Tyler Jaynes had 14 kills on 16 errorless swings, good for a remarkable .875 hitting percentage, to help the No. 5 Pepperdine men's volleyball team to a 3-1 (30-25, 28-30, 30-22, 30-23) non-conference victory over California Baptist on Saturday night at Firestone Fieldhouse.
Pepperdine improved to 10-8 overall. CBU, which has won four straight NAIA titles and is currently ranked #2 at that level, fell to 10-10.
Jaynes (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) had a season high for kills and came extremely close to breaking the school record for hitting percentage in a match. Had his last attempt of the night gone down for a kill, he would have broken the mark of .909 set by Andy Hein in 2005.
Junior opposite Paul Carroll (Forster, Australia) had a match-high 25 kills, his fifth time in the last six matches with at least 25 kills, and hit .452 with four service aces. Junior outside hitter J.D. Schleppenbach (Ventura, Calif./Ventura HS) had 16 kills and hit .417. Freshman outside hitter Cory Riecks (Auburn, Calif./Placer HS) added 14 kills. Senior setter Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge HS) had 52 assists and a match-high nine digs.
"Jonathan got the ball to Tyler in the right spot, and often, and that was good to see," Pepperdine Coach Marv Dunphy said. "I thought the team served pretty well tonight. Most importantly, we got a good match under our belt before our big conference homestand that's coming up."
CBU got 20 kills apiece by junior opposite Donald Baliaba and sophomore outside hitter Adiel Tiedjop.
The Lancers actually outhit the Waves .480 to .405 in game one, but Pepperdine amassed a 22-14 advantage in kills, including six apiece by Carroll and Riecks. Tied 9-9, consecutive kills by Jaynes, Schleppenbach and Carroll made it 12-10, and the Waves never surrendered the lead from that point on.
After the Waves scored the first two points of game two, the Lancers scored six straight to take the lead, and would go up by as many as five points, last at 10-5. But the Waves battled back, and after trailing 18-16, scored five straight points to regain the lead at 21-18. Pepperdine led by as many as four points at 23-19, but CBU tied the game up at 25-25 and retook the lead at 27-26, then held on from there. Both teams slumped to identical .194 hitting percentages in game two.
Games three and four weren't as close, mainly because the Waves were near unstoppable on the attack. Pepperdine hit an incredible .708 (19-2-24) in game three and an exceptional .533 (18-2-30) in game four.
For the match, the Waves hit .443, their second-best mark of the season. CBU hit .327.
This was the first of six straight home matches that will end the regular season for the Waves. Next weekend they host Stanford (Friday, March 28) and Pacific (Saturday, March 29), both at 7 p.m.
Article courtesy of Pepperdine athletics.