Michael Wexter tabbed his first career double-double with 15 kills and a career-best 12 digs.
David Wieczorek led the team with 23 kills on a .487 success rate, Clay Carr added eight blocks and Mitchell Penning was good for three aces on the night.
The Waves hit for a .429 success rate with 53 kills and only 11 errors on 98 swings throughout four sets.
The Waves posted a .386 hitting percentage (58-9-127), including a .647 output (11-0-17) in the second set alone to earn the win.
Wieczorek posted 4.39 points/set on a 35.6 kill/set effort with a .413 overall attack percentage
Men's Volleyball: No. 8 Pepperdine vs. No. 5 UC Irvine
DAVID WIECZOREK CAREER STATISTICS
PEPPERDINE CAREER: Earned All-MPSF second team, MPSF All-Freshman and MPSF All-Academic as a redshirt-freshman … Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Fan Choice National Player of the Year … Two-time Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete (2015, 2016) … Posted his first career double-double with a career-high 20 kills and 10 digs, along with four blocks in the Waves’ upset-win at #3 Stanford in Palo Alto (3/12/16) … Amassed a career-best five aces against UC Irvine (1/22/16), six blocks against CSUN (4/2/16) and a .485 offensive success rate (19-3-33) at UC San Diego (3/2/16).
PEPPERDINE 2016: All-MPSF second team … MPSF All-Freshman Team … MPSF All-Academic … Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete … Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Fan Choice National Player of the Year … One of only three Waves to start and play in all 24 matches … Appeared in 88 sets and averaged 3.65 points/set, 2.94 kills/set, 1.06 digs/set, 0.65 blocks/set, 0.35 aces/set and 0.12 assists/set … Finished the season with a .344 hitting percentage after smashing down 259 kills with only 72 errors on 544 total swings … Finished 2016 ranked nationally in four statistical categories, including 19th (7th in MPSF) in hitting percentage, 23rd (8th in MPSF) in aces/set, 45th (15th in MPSF) in points/set and 49th (16th in MPST) in kills/set … Led the Waves in aces in nine separate matches, kills in six and hitting percentage and digs in three … Hit for double-figure kills on 14 different occasions and earned one double-double … Posted his double-double with a career-high 20 kills and 10 digs, along with four blocks in the Waves’ upset-win at #3 Stanford in Palo Alto (3/12) … Amassed a career-best five aces against UC Irvine (1/22), six blocks against CSUN (4/2) and a .485 offensive success rate (19-3-33) at UC San Diego (3/2) … Picked up 16 kills on a .378 hitting percentage (16-2-37) along with nine digs against UC Santa Barbara (2/17) … Tallied 14 kills with a .355 success rate (14-3-31), along with four aces and five digs against Long Beach State (3/31).
PEPPERDINE 2015: Redshirted his first season with the Waves ... Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete.
CLUB: Began club career with D1 Volleyball Club before playing for Energy Volleyball Club ... Four-year USA Volleyball Junior National Championship open division qualifier.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Loyola Academy in 2014 ... Holds Loyola Academy record and ranks sixth in Illinois High School Association (IHSA) history with 1,263 career kills ... Put down 542 kills as a senior, ranking 10th in the state record book ... Ranks 15th in Illinois with 138 career aces ... 2014 Pioneer Press Player of the Year ... 2014 Sun-Times Player of the Year ... 2014 Chicago Catholic League Blue Division Co-Athlete of the Year ... Two-time all-state selection ... Three-time all-conference performer ... Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 ... Two-time Loyola Academy team MVP ... 2013 Pioneer Press All-Area team ... Led Loyola to the Chicago Catholic League championship as a junior ... Also won regional championships as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Finished sixth in the state as a senior ... Loyola Scholar.
PERSONAL: Born and raised in Chicago, Ill. ... Son of Al Wieczorek and Carol Vidal ... Has one sister, Vicky ... Loves old muscle cars and currently rebuilding a 1968 Dodge Charger with his dad ... Began playing pepper at three years of age ... Lists his father as his biggest sports hero ... Majoring in sports administration ... Chose to attend Pepperdine "because of the coaching staff and the history of the volleyball program. I also chose Pepperdine because of the strong academic programs offered."
FAVORITES: Favorite pro athlete is Michael Jordan ... Favorite pro team is the Chicago Bears ... Favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird ... Favorite movie is Fast and Furious ... Favorite tv show is The Walking Dead ... Favorite musical artist is Imagine Dragons ... Favorite foods are pancakes and bacon ... Favorite sport other than volleyball is baseball.