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NCAA M: Pepperdine holds off Southern Cal

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Behind a solid defensive performance, No. 3 Pepperdine held off No. 8 Southern California and was victorious in five sets on Saturday night inside Firestone Fieldhouse. Matt Tarantino was a force to be reckoned with at the net with a career-high 11 blocks, while Josh Taylor paced the offense with 18 kills.



With the 25-18, 21-25, 25-19, 14-25, 15-11 victory, the Waves move to 16-6 and are one match closer to securing home court advantage in the MPSF Tournament quarterfinals. In the midst of a heated MPSF standings race, there are still a number of scenarios that could clinch home court advantage for Pepperdine prior to its next match. However, the Waves can control their own destiny with at least one win in a home-and-home versus Hawaii next week Friday and Saturday.

“I thought J.J. was steady tonight when we needed it most,” head coach Marv Dunphy said. “With the lights on he did real well.”

Matt West handed out 42 assists, while picking up 12 digs for his seventh double-double of the season. He further aided the Waves with five kills and four blocks.


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