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MHS Surf team places well

The Malibu High School surf team had several strong individual performances in the ISF No. 4 surfing contest on Jan. 14 in Santa Barbara.

Steven Simpson won the longboard competition. Sophia Sarlo placed second in both the shortboard and longboard contests. Cloe Seaman (shortboard, fourth) and Britlyn Coleman (longboard, fifth) also placed at the event.

The team will compete again in the ISF Oceanside State Championships March 10-14.

Pepperdine men’s tennis remains unbeaten

The fifth-ranked Pepperdine men’s tennis team kept its perfect season alive Saturday with two wins. The Waves defeated Cal Poly, 6-1, and then beat Wisconsin, 3-1, later in the day. The victories increased Pepperdine’s record to 8-0.

Seniors Pedro Rico and Ivor Lovrak teamed up again for the first time since the team’s season opener and earned the doubles victories in both matches.

Senior Scott Doerner, who played for Pepperdine in the first position, defeated Cal Poly’s John Nguyen, 6-4 and 6-3. The Waves also garnered wins in the second, third, fourth and sixth positions against Cal Poly.

Pepperdine women’s basketball on winning streak

The Pepperdine women’s basketball team defeated visiting San Francisco, 75-55, on Saturday at Firestone Fieldhouse. The win followed a 73-55 victory over San Diego on Thursday.

Sophomore guard Daphanie Kennedy scored 13 points in the game against San Francisco, while freshman forward Sherriel Boyd and junior forward Jasmane Clarendon scored 12 and 10 points respectively.

The San Francisco win pushed the Waves to 8-14 overall and 5-4 in the West Coast Conference.

Pepperdine will take on the Loyola Marymount Lions at Gersten Pavilion on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Pepperdine volleyball splits series with BYU

The top-ranked Pepperdine men’s volleyball team lost its first match of the season on Friday in Provo, Utah, falling to BYU, 3-1 (20-30, 30-28, 30-22, 30-21). But the Waves (6-1) bounced back the next day to defeat the No. 2 cougars in a rematch, 3-0 (30-28, 30-28, 32-30).

In the second match, Pepperdine held a .279-.274 edge in hitting percentage despite being outhit in games one and two. The Waves also had a 13.5-5.5 advantage in blocks.

Junior John Parfitt led the Waves in the first BYU match with 17 kills. Freshman Paul Carroll had 13 kills in the match and senior Andy Hein added 10. The Waves held a 15.5-9.5 advantage in blocks and were paced by Tom Hulse’s eight and Hein’s seven.

Parfitt was also the team leader in kills in the second match, with 12. Hein had 10 kills and was the only other Wave with a double-digit kill total.

Pepperdine will return to action tonight when they host Hawaii at 7 p.m. at home.

-Carley Dryden