February 5, 2010

Waves Topple Top-Ranked Matadors 30-24, 24-30, 30-22, 30-24

Feb. 5, 2010

Final Stats

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - On a rainy night in the San Fernando Valley, the 10th-ranked Pepperdine Waves swept into The Matadome and dealt top-ranked Cal State Northidge a four-set loss (30-24, 24-30, 30-22, 30-24) in MPSF action.

Pepperdine (4-4, 4-3) snapped the Matadors' (9-2, 6-2 MPSF) three-match win streak and possibly ends Northridge's stay as the top-ranked team in the country. The Waves also denied Matador head coach Jeff Campbell his 200th career win.

Senior Theo Edwards pounded a career-high 23 kills (.318) to lead the Matadors while junior Tanner Nua added 15 kills (.118) and three digs. Seniors Kevin McKniff and Mike Gaudino each added eight kills and five blocks but the Northridge attack was limited to a .169 (61-36-148) hitting percentage.

The Matadors hit .191 but held on for a five-set win over No. 2 USC on Wednesday but weren't as fortunate on Friday. Northridge hit .054 or worse in two of the four sets while Pepperdine struggled to an .071 hitting clip in dropping the second set but hit at least .333 in winning the other three sets.

The Waves also dominated at the net racking up 38 block assists (20.0 total team blocks) while the Matadors had 10.0. Northridge did have six aces as a team to three for Pepperdine.

After trailing for most of the first set, a setting error on Pepperdine's Kasey Crider followed by a Gaudino ace put the Matadors on top 18-16. A kill by McKniff kept Northridge up by two at 19-17 before four straight points by the Waves gave Pepperdine the lead for good. A Nua hitting error gave Pepperdine its largest lead at 24-20 before the Matadors pulled within two at 26-24 following a Gaudino kill. However that would be the final point for Northridge in the set as the Waves rolled off the final four points for the 30-24 win.

After hitting .054 in set one compared to Pepperdine's .333, the Matadors turned the tables in set two. With the Waves in front 13-10, Northridge scored eight of the next nine points to open up an 18-14 lead capped by an Edwards kill. Northridge would not trail again in the set and Edwards evened the match with a kill on set point.

Set three featured five tied and just a single lead change. The Matadors scored the first point on an Edwards kill but the Waves immediatley scored four unanswered. Northridge was able to tie the score at 11, 12, 13 and 14 before the Waves used a 4-1 run to open up an 18-15 lead when Edwards attack was stuffed by Tyler Jaynes and Maurice Torres. The Matadors then put together a 3-1 to close to within 19-18 but could never retake the lead falling 30-22.

The fourth set was close until 6-6 when the Waves claimed nine of the next 10 points to open up an insurmountable 15-8 lead. A late Matador run cut the Pepperdine lead to 28-23 but a Jaynes kill on match point sent the Waves home with a victory.

Torres paced Pepperdine with 17 kills (.212) and Cory Riecks added 14 (.478). Crider added 46 assists and nine digs for Pepperdine in the win.

Cal State Northridge wraps up its three-match homestand next Thursday, Feb. 11 as the Matadors host Long Beach State at 7 p.m.

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