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Paul and Pepperdine lose conference final

Posted by devo on May 4, 2009

After recovering from a 2-0 deficit, the #2 Pepperdine men’s volleyball team had a couple of chances to win its second consecutive Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament title, but #4 USC was able to hold on for a marathon five-game victory (30-23, 30-25, 20-30, 26-30, 21-19) in the championship match at the Bren Events Center on Saturday night.

Senior opposite Paul Carroll (Forster, Australia), the MPSF Player of the Year who went through graduation on the Malibu campus earlier today, tied his own school single-match record for kills in the rally-scoring era with 37. He had nearly half of Pepperdine’s team total of 76 kills.

USC (20-10) claims the MPSF’s automatic berth to next week’s four-team NCAA Championships. Pepperdine (22-5) and #1 UC Irvine are the top candidates for the lone at-large berth. more@pepperdine

If Pepperdine does not get the wild card entry into the NCAA championships then Paul’s college career has finished. He has the benefit of a University degree; and has in many ways set his future life up far better than many of our current OS athletes. Being one of the top players in the world has contributed to this, of course, but I can’t help but wonder if the Europe via a US college degree isn’t the best model for our young volleyballers to aspire to. Paul will have certainly got those US scouts casting a look at the next crop of young Aussies. If rumours are correct, Paul has already signed a financially beneficial contract with a European club. Good luck Paul.

2 Responses to “Paul and Pepperdine lose conference final”

  1. edbinnie said

    Pepperdine missed out on the wild card entry into the NCAA final four.
    Teams are
    University of Southern California (23-11)
    Ohio State University (17-10)
    Penn State University (27-3)
    University of California, Irvine (25-5) (Wild Card and #1 Seed)
    So looks like one Aussie will still be going to the NCAA final Four – Nick Goldsbrough-Reardon (Nick I hope I got this right and that you’re going – found all the send off info, just not the final team list for the day)!

  2. Robbo said

    congratulations to Nick Goldsbrough-Reardon and US Irvine on winning the National Title!

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