Jan. 24, 2007
UCLA and Pepperdine battled five games Wednesday night with the visiting Waves prevailing after climbing back from a 2-1 deficit.
The Waves won 21-30, 30-26, 33-35, 30-27, 16-14 in two hours and 34 minutes in front of 648 rowdy fans. The victory raised Pepperdine's record to 4-1 overall, 3-1 in MPSF play. The Bruins fell to 3-5, 1-4.
In Game 3, the Bruins rallied from a 26-29 deficit to tie the score at 29-29 after a kill by redshirt freshman Brett Perrine and a pair of blocks by sophomore Jamie Diefenbach and senior Paul George. The Bruins let two game points slip by and the Waves lost one before UCLA won the game on a pair of kills by freshman Garrett Muagututia.
That was the last game the Bruins would win, despite having opportunities to win the match.
With the Bruins leading 24-21 in Game 4, the Waves scored three points to force a timeout from their hosts. A block by Greg Gaudino and Jon Grobe and a kill by Grobe gave the Waves a two-point cushion and forced another UCLA timeout. The Bruins scored a pair of points and Pepperdine called time at 27-26. Following that break, the Waves outscored the Bruins 3-1 to even the score.
In Game 5, Pepperdine sophomore Paul Carroll connected on eight kills in 13 swings to provide the difference for the Waves, who trailed only once. Trailing 12-8, the Bruins called their final timeout and went on a 6-1 run to take a 14-13 lead following a thunderous block by Muagututia and senior Steve Klosterman. But Pepperdine wrapped up its fourth conference victory with three straight kills, two by Carroll, who ended the night with 37.
Muagututia and Diefenbach each recorded 22 kills and 25 points. For Diefenbach it was a career high; for Muagututia it matched his. Paul George added 15 kills, 15 digs and seven block assists for 18.5 points. Klosterman recorded 10 kills, three aces and five block assists.
In addition to Carroll's 37 kills for Pepperdine, senior John Parfitt added 17, followed by 12 from Gaudino and 10 from Grobe.
On Saturday UCLA hosts USC in the 30th Annual Kilgour Cup. First serve is set for 7 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.