March 30, 2002
Breaking a logjam for first place in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) standings, No. 2 ranked Pepperdine recorded a three-game sweep over top-ranked UCLA in front of a near-capacity crowd of 3,037 fans at Firestone Fieldhouse on Saturday night.
The Waves dominated in nearly all areas of the match, winning by scores of 30-27, 30-27, 30-23.
Pepperdine extended its winning streak to nine matches and improved to 21-4 overall and 16-2 in MPSF play.
UCLA had its nine-match winning streak snapped and fell to 23-4 overall and 15-3 in league action.
It marked the third meeting of the season between the two teams, and they had split the previous two encounters.
"Pepperdine and UCLA are two of the nation's top teams, and I would be awfully surprised if our paths did not cross again later in the season," said Waves' head coach Marv Dunphy. "We served tough and blocked well, and that helps creates a lot of options for us on the offensive end." UCLA played without the services of junior middle blocker Scott Morrow who is sidelined due to a back injury.
Junior middle blocker Brad Keenan totaled a team-high total of 12 kills in 15 total attempts to go along with four service aces and eight total blocks. Freshman outside hitter Sean Rooney added nine kills and five blocks, while senior middle blocker Chris Van Reusen and sophomore outside hitter Fred Winters each totaled eight kills. Van Reusen totaled five blocks and Winters added three service aces.
Senior setter Beau Daniels continued his steady play running the Pepperdine offense and came up big at the net with six total blocks.
Pepperdine notched a .402 team attack percentage, committing only 10 errors in the match. Meanwhile, UCLA made 23 hitting errors and was held to a .273 team hitting mark.
The Waves controlled the net, winning the blocking battle by a commanding 28-5 margin. Pepperdine also benefitted from eight service errors in the contest.
UCLA travels to No. 3 ranked Hawaii next weekend for a pair of league matches against the Rainbows at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.