LA JOLLA, Calif. - The UC San Diego men's volleyball team took it the distance, but a potent Pepperdine offense proved to be too much as the Tritons were edged in five sets by the sixth-ranked Waves in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) action Friday night at RIMAC Arena.
Scores were 24-26, 25-14, 22-25, 25-23 and 15-11 in the hard-fought marathon match, which lasted two hours and 10 minutes. UCSD fell to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the MPSF, while Pepperdine moved to 6-2 and 5-1.
The Waves used a 70-47 advantage in kills, a .310 (70-26-142) attack percentage and 12.5 blocks to squeak past the Tritons, who hit just .186 (47-23-149) but had 10 blocks of their own. Both teams struggled from the service line as Pepperdine committed 19 errors and UCSD had 13.
Outside Josh Taylor and opposite Maurice Torres did most of the damage for the Waves, combining for 51 kills. Taylor led all players with a career-high 27 kills, while Torres finished with 24 and completed a double-double with a career-best 14 digs while tacking on five blocks. Both players hit north of .400 with Torres at .425 (24-7-40) and Taylor at .404 (27-8-47).
Setter Matt West amassed 62 assists for Pepperdine.
Junior outside Carl Eberts led the Tritons with 16 kills and added four block assists.
The Tritons got a nice night out of first-year player Troy Tomasello. The opposite, a transfer from Orange Coast College, had 11 kills, six digs and two blocks.
Middle Fred Stahl, playing in his first match of the season after coming back from an ankle tweak, had five kills and no errors in 12 attacks, good for a .417 percentage. Stahl and fellow middle Sebastian Brady each had five blocks assists.
Playing in his first collegiate match, redshirt freshman Scot Metzger had five kills, an assist and two digs.
Sophomore setter Mike Brunsting had 39 assists, seven digs and three block assists, but really shined from the service line. He totaled four aces, three of those coming consecutively at the beginning of the fourth set to help the Tritons roll to a 5-0 lead.
The Waves were coming off a Wednesday night loss to No. 2 UC Irvine. The Tritons entered the night having won three of the last four matches against Pepperdine.
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