Outside attacker Josh Taylor came through when No. 3 Pepperdine need him the most and helped the team knock-off No. 4 BYU.
Taylor in the decisive fifth game led all players with five kills and added two blocks and an ace as Pepperdine defeated BYU 25-19, 17-25, 25-21, 26-28, 15-11 on Friday in Malibu, Calif.
Being ranked No. 1 in the nation just isn’t that big of a deal for Pepperdine.
Pepperdine coach Marv Dunphy said in an interview with Off the Block earlier this week that while his team is happy to be atop the national rankings for the first time in four years it’s more focused on the big picture and being the best team at the end of the season.
Anyone who missed Pepperdine coach Marv Dunphy win his 500th career match will get a chance to see him try to accomplish the feat again.
Dunphy moved back below the 500-win milestone earlier this week after the NCAA vacated Pepperdine’s 66 victories from 2008-11 because of NCAA rule violations — dropping the Hall of Fame coach from 532 to 466 career wins.
Pepperdine is projected by Off the Block to be No. 10 in the preseason national rankings.
Off the Block throughout December will reveal its projected men’s volleyball preseason top 10 national rankings and will profile a top-10 team each day. The Off the Block projected preseason rankings were created independently of the AVCA Coaches Poll and the Volleyball Magazine Top 10 Media Poll.
The college men’s volleyball season begins on Jan. 3 and concludes with the Final Four in May.
A top national high school recruit will be Pepperdine’s starting setter as a true freshman for the upcoming season.
Pepperdine Hall of Fame coach Marv Dunphy said Tuesday that Matt West will be the Waves’ starting setter for the team’s season-opener in January.
A rematch between two Hall of Fame coaches and non-conference matches against Lewis and Penn State highlights the 2012 Pepperdine regular season schedule that the team released Saturday.
Pepperdine finished last season in ninth place in the MPSF and missed the conference tournament for the first time in its program history. The Waves have five returning starters, including outside attacker Maurice Torres who ended 2011 in the nation’s top 10 for kills per game average.
Check out the five things to take away from Pepperdine’s schedule for the 2012 season.