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34 | November 9, 2017 | Malibu surfside news Sports Athlete of the Week 10 Questions with Alec Morrison Alec Morrison, 15, is a sophomore who plays receiver and defensive back for Malibu football. How did you first get into football? A couple kids on the team had always wanted me to play, but my parents would never let me. This year I was finally able to convince them and extremely happy that I did. We deliver fresh, perfectly portioned ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes designed by our team of chefs so you can cook a special dinner in 30 minutes or less. Skip the grocery store. Forget meal planning. Let Home Chef simplify your life. Make Dinner Special Take $30 off your first order with promo code PERSONAL Do you have a favorite moment from this season? One of my favorite moments was when we lost to Carpinteria, although it would have been amazing to win. The emotions that flowed through everyone and the feeling of brotherhood really impacted me and showed me what football is all about. Where would you say you most improved this season? I would say my knowledge of the game has greatly improved from when I started. Had you played other sports previously? I’ve been playing baseball since I was little and hope to continue playing it. What are your hobbies outside of football? I love playing and practicing baseball and I also enjoy snowboarding and hanging out with my friends and family. What is it like playing for coach Terry Shorten? I love playing for coach Shorten as well as his son, Kyle Shorten. They both pushed me to my limits and taught me to be a tougher, stronger and better person. What would be your dream job? I’m not really sure what my dream job would be yet but whatever it is, I hope it has some sort of impact on the life of others. Is there one place in Suzy Demeter/22nd Century Media the world you most want to travel? I [want] to travel around Europe to experience a variety of different cultures. Who has the best nickname on the team? Ryan McMahan’s nickname is “McHands” because we were always able to give him a hard time if he were to drop a ball at practice. Do you have a favorite sports movie? Probably ‘The Karate Kid,’ because I used to watch it all the time when i was younger and found it pretty inspirational. Interview by Freelance Reporter Ryan Flynn Sports Malibu surfside news | November 9, 2017 | 35 Pepperdine Athletics Women’s volleyball player sets block record for second year in a row Pepperdine’s Jasmine Gross repeated as a record-setter Saturday, Nov. 4, when she reached 156 blocks on the season during the rally scoring era. Last year, as a freshman, Gross set the record when she reached 154 blocks for the season. Before Gross came along, the record stood at 143 blocks — a mark set by Sophia Milo in 2005. Pepperdine notes that Gross is now very close to breaking the Pepperdine women’s volleyball alltime single season block record (including both sideout and rally scoring eras). That record has stood at 158 blocks since the 1991 and 1992 seasons when Lesli Asplund and Barbara Stross broke it in 111 and 109 sets, respectively. Gross’ performance — which included six blocks (one solo), 11 kills, a .308 hitting percentage and one ace — also helped the Waves to a four-set win over Gonzaga at home. The Waves, who are now 15- 12 overall and 7-7 in West Coast Conference action, won by 19-25, 25-12, 25- 22, 25-15 set scores. Pepperdine also saw three double-doubles on the day as Hannah Frohling, Heidi Dyer and Blossom Sato all put up solid efforts for their team. This Week In... Sato, Frohling notch double-doubles in women’s volleyball sweep Pepperdine’s women’s volleyball team swept Portland Thursday, Nov. 2, with 25-16, 25-19, 25-19 sets. Hannah Frohling had 17 kills, .371 hitting percentage, 10 digs, one ace and one block solo on the night, while Blossom Sato contributed 39 assists and 13 digs. In the first set, Pepperdine’s Jaiden Farr (four aces, eight digs) broke the 3-3 tie when she chipped in three-consecutive service aces to help the Waves to a 5-1 lead. The Waves then moved to 9-6 after smashes from Jasmine Gross — who had 10 kills, a .409 hitting percentage, 4 digs and 3 blocks (2 solos) throughout the match — and Frohling put them ahead 19-12. A pair of smashes by Gross in the middle late in the set earned the home team a 25-16 first-set win. In the second match, Pepperdine’s 19-14 lead was boosted by an ace from Farr and solo blocks from Frohling and Gross, each of whom would add more kills to notch the second-set win. In the third set, Portland came ready to fight and went 17-14 late in the set. But the Waves, backed by kills from Frohling and a block from Dyer and O’Harra, evened the score at 17-17 before the trio secured a 20-17 lead. Next, Sato spread out the offense toward kills from four separate Waves in the last five points for a 25-19 win. Pepperdine’s Ashley Harris also had 5 kills, 2 digs 1 block; Hana Lishman had 15 digs and 4 assists; and Alli O’Harra had 7 kills, a .353 hitting percentage and 4 blocks. Overall, Pepperdine outhit Portland with 48 kills on a .318 clip, compared to 40 kills on a .186 output. WOMEN’S TENNIS Gulbe drops out in semifinals of Jack Kramer invitational Singles players Laura Gulbe and Dzina Milovanovic represented Pepperdine at the Jack Kramer Club Invitational on Saturday, Nov. 4. Gulbe beat Oregon’s Daniela Nasser 7-6, 6-2 to make it to the semifinal matchup, where she fell to Washington’s Vanessa Wong in 6-3, 2-6 and 6-3 matches. Milovanovic, was defeated by UCLA’s Abi Altick in 4-6, 7-6, 7-6 matches. Lahey, Sherif play at Oracle ITA championship Pepperdine’s Ashley Lahey fell in the quarterfinals of the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships in Indian Wells Friday, Nov. 3. The day prior, Lahey defeated Virginia player Rosie Johanson 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 to move forward. Fellow Waves player Mayar Sherif fell (4-6, 6-1, 6-3) to Clemson’s Marie Leduc on Nov. 2. The team will return to play in January to compete in the Hawai’i Invitational in Honolulu, Hawai’i. MEN’S TENNIS Baez heads to Jack Kramer invitational One Pepperdine man also competed at the Jack Kramer Club Invitational in Rolling Hills. Nicholas Baez advanced to the round of 16 after a strong performance on Thursday, Nov. 2, when he defeated Mateusz Smolick, of USC, 3-6, 7-6, 10-8. On Friday, Nov. 3, Baez faced off against William Genesen, of Stanford, who defeated him in two backto-back 6-3 matches in the round of 16. The men’s tennis team is to conclude the fall season with the LMU Invite, in Los Angeles, held Nov. 10-12. MEN’S WATER POLO Rhodes sets goalkeeper record Pepperdine senior Zack Rhodes has surpassed 1,000 career saves — a first in program history. As of Nov. 6, Rhodes had 1,058 saves to his name. He initially broke 1,000 saves on Oct. 13 as Pepperdine faced Long Beach State. Rhodes impressed out of the gate, with 268 saves in his first year in goal, followed by 228 as a sophomore and 278 as a junior. This year, his tally stands at 283 saves thus far. “Zack is an amazing leader in and out of the water for this team,” asssociate head coach Merrill Moses said. “He is the defensive captain of the team, and he has done a great job being consistent and giving us the chances to win close games throughout his career.” Urban nabs player of the week title On Thursday, Nov. 2, Pepperdine’s Mark Urban became the third member of the men’s water polo team to be crowned the Golden Coast Conference Player of the Week. Fellow Waves who have received the honor are Zack Rhodes and Sam Paur. Urban earned the honor after helping the Waves to a 3-0 record in the previous week, including a GCC victory over San Jose State on Oct. 27. He had seven goals, including five against Claremont Mudd-Scripps on Oct. 28. He also had two assists on the week, giving him nine points for the week. Waves drop doubleovertime thriller Pepperdine’s Marko Asic had two fourth quarter goals in the Nov. 3 matchup against UC Irvine. It was a double-overtime match which the Waves ultimately lost 6-5. Chris Dilworth, Mark Urban and George Mooney also scored for Pepperdine, which moved to 17-11 on the year and 2-2 in Golden Coast Conference play. Information from Pepperdine University and Compiled by Editor Lauren Coughlin, lauren@malibusurfsidenews. com. PEPPERDINE ATHLETICS Cross Country ■Nov. ■ 10 - NCAA West Regional, 12 p.m. Men’s Water Polo ■Nov. ■ 10 - host UC Santa Barbara, 6 p.m. Women’s Swimming & Diving ■Nov. ■ 16-18 - at Arena Classic in La Mirada Women’s Volleyball ■Nov. ■ 9 - at Santa Clara, 7 p.m. ■Nov. ■ 11 - at San Francisco, 12 p.m.