Sophomore Michael Wexter tabbed a career-high five aces and senior Mitchell Penning led the team with a season-high seven blocks.
Michael Wexter had a career-high night with 22 kills on a .405 success rate in front of 1,322 fans at Gentile Arena.
Junior Alex Harthaller had a double-double with 12 kills (.276 hitting percentage) and 10 digs.
David Wieczorek led the Waves with 20 kills, tying his career high at Pepperdine.
This will be the first time the Waves face both of these squads.
PEPPERDINE 2017: Pepperdine Dean’s List … Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete … Started in eight-of-13 matches played and 44 total sets in his premier season with the Waves … Averaged 1.73 kills/set, 0.23 aces/set, 0.98 digs/set, 0.39 blocks/set and 2.18 points/set for Pepperdine … Hit for a .116 clip with 76 kills and 50 errors on 225 swings … Also tabbed 10 aces, 43 digs and 17 blocks including three solo rejections … Posted a Pepperdine career-high 18 kills at Loyola Chicago (1/13) and four blocks and three aces against UCLA at home (2/11) … Led the Waves in aces on five occasions and totaled double-figure kills twice.
INDIANA UNIVERSITY – PURDUE UNIVERSITY, FORT WAYNE 2014-2016: Played at Indiana University – Purdue University, Fort Wayne in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association under coaches Armond Ball and Ryan Perrotte for two seasons … Earned Off the Block National Freshman of the Week accolades on three occasions in 2015 (2/3, 2/10, 4/6), MIVA Offensive Player of the Week once in 2015 (4/7) and was a Off the Block National Freshman All-American in 2015 … Earned Dean’s List honors with a 4.0 … In 2016, appeared in 15 matches … Earned All-MIVA honorable mention after totaling 159.5 points off 125 kills and 28 total blocks … Posted a season-high .500 hitting percentage on an 11-0-20 performance at Ohio State in the MIVA quarterfinals (4/17) … Tabbed a season-best 19 kills at Loyola (4/8) … Tallied one double-double on the season with 13 kills and 10 digs at Quincy (4/2) … In 2015, started in all 30 matches for IPFW … Earned All-MIVA second team honors … Led the Mastadons with 326 kills and 40 aces, averaging 2.96 kills/set and 0.36 aces/set … Amassed 156 digs (1.42 digs/set), which was the second most for any school in the IPFW … Posted a season-best 26 kills at Ball State (2/5) and recorded a season-high six aces against Penn State (1/17) … Tallied two double-doubles, one at Sacred Heart (1/23) with 11 kills and 11 digs; and one against Lindenwood in the MIVA Tournament (4/24) with 16 kills and 10 digs … Finished in the top-10 for most kills and aces in the MIVA … Academic All-MIVA honors.
AUSTRIA VOLLEYBALL/CLUB: Played for Team Austria U21 in 2014 and has played with Team Austria men’s team since 2015 … Helped the team to a spot in the European League Final Four in 2016 … Also played for Hypo Tirol Volleyballteam in Innsbruck from ages eight to 19 … Helped the teams earn an Austrian Volleyball Champion title in the men’s division, an Austrian Champion title in the Under 21 division, an Austrian Cup Championship and CEV Champions League participation.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Akademisches Gymnasium Innsbruck in Innsbruck, Austria in 2013.
PERSONAL: Son of Maria and Josef Harthaller … Has four siblings: Martin, Michael, Thomas and Teresa … Majoring in Business Administration at Pepperdine … Has aspirations of becoming a financial analyst after graduating.
FAVORITES: Favorite professional athlete is Michal Kubiak … Favorite pro team is Hypo Tirol Volleyballteam, Perugia … Favorite books are the Harry Potter series … Favorite movies are The Dark Knight and the Lord of the Rings trilogy … Favorite TV shows are Prison Break and Dexter … Favorite musical artist are the Chainsmokers … Favorite foods are steak or Chinese … Favorite sports other than volleyball are soccer, skiing, table tennis and basketball.