Senior Mitchell Penning graduated this semester after four years in the Waves' family, earning a B.S. in International Business and a B.A. in Religion.
Thanks to seniors Mitchell Penning, Kyle Suppes, Soren Dion-Kindem, James Gehrels, Chad McCalliseter, Max States and Joshua Stewart.
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.
Martin A. Folb's photos of the MPSF Championship match.
Martin A. Folb's photos of the Waves 3-1 MPSF semifinal victory over the Rainbow Warriors in Irvine, Calif.
MPSF Tournament quarterfinals: Pepperdine vs. UC Santa Barbara (Photos by Martin A. Folb)
CAREER: Was an integral part of the Waves’ family for three seasons after transferring for University of the Pacific … Two-time MPSF All-Academic and three-time Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete … Solely at Pepperdine, Stewart has started in 35-of-57 matches played … In those 185 sets logged, he has posted 1,287 assists and 2,719 total touches, averaging 9.60 assists/set and adding a .474 success rate when leading the offensive … Tabbed four double-doubles … He has amassed 10 aces and put in 550 services for a .943 service percentage … Stewart produced 197 digs for 1.17 digs/set, 71 blocks to average 0.53 blocks/set and 83.5 points to average 0.51 points/set … He posted the first double-double of his career with 49 assists and a career-high 11 digs, while adding three blocks, one ace and two kills in a five-set match-up with Long Beach State (3/31/16) … Had a career-high four blocks twice, including in the upset over #3 Stanford in Palo Alto (3/12/16) … Amassed a career-best 59 assists in the four-set upset over #1 BYU in Provo (3/19/16) and put in a career-best two aces at UCLA (4/9/16) … In his collegiate career with three years at Pepperdine and one at Pacific, Stewart has played in 235 sets and 78 matches … He has posted 1,652 assists, averaging 8.89 assists/set … He has also amassed 10 aces, 248 digs, 88 blocks including six solos and 103 points … He has averaged 0.51 blocks/set and 0.51 points/set.
PEPPERDINE 2017: MPSF All-Academic … Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete … Started as Pepperdine’s primary setter through most of his senior campaign, starting 17-of-20 matches played … In 66 sets played, he posted 9.08 assists/set, 1.70 digs/set, 0.62 blocks/set and 0.33 kills/set for 0.72 points/set … In 1,352 total attempts, he amassed 599 assists for a .443 success rate … Posted 22 kills with three errors on 59 attempts for a .322 hitting percentage … Totaled 41 total blocks, including four solos … Amassed a career-best four kills against Cal Baptist (2/16) … Posted a career-high 11 digs against UCLA (2/11) … Picked up three double-doubles throughout the season … Led the Waves in assists on 17 occasions, digs three times and blocks twice.
PEPPERDINE 2016: MPSF All-Academic … Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete … Started as the Waves’ primary setter through most of the season, starting 18 matches and playing in 20 … In 68 sets, he averaged 10.12 assists/set, 1.16 digs/set, 0.51 points/set, 0.44 blocks/set, 0.21 kills/set and 0.09 aces/set … He totaled 14 kills and six errors on 41 attacks for a .195 hitting percentage … As a junior, he amassed 688 total assists with 1,364 total touches for a .504 success rate when commanding the offense … He added six aces, 257 total services, 79 digs and 30 block assists for 35.0 points on the season … He finished the season ranked 13th in the nation and 5th in the MPSF with 10.12 assists/set … Stewart led the Waves in assists in 16 matches, aces in three and digs once … Had three or more blocks in seven different matches and three or more digs in 14 separate matches … He posted the first double-double of his career with 49 assists and a career-high 11 digs, while adding three blocks, one ace and two kills in a five-set match-up with Long Beach State (3/31) … Had a career-high four blocks in the upset over #3 Stanford in Palo Alto (3/12) … Amassed a career-best 59 assists in the four-set upset over #1 BYU in Provo (3/19) and put in a career-best two aces at UCLA (4/9) … In five sets at UC Irvine (2/27), Stewart put in 54 assists, seven digs, one ace and two kills towards the effort.
PEPPERDINE 2015: Appeared in 17 matches and 51 sets as a sophomore, subbing in mostly to serve ... Earned six digs on the season, including two vs. BYU (3/20) ... Dished one ace at Hawaii (3/8) ... Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete.
PACIFIC 2014: Spent freshman season as a setter for Pacific ... Appeared in 21 matches and 50 sets ... Averaged 7.30 assists per set for a season total of 365 ... Assists average ranked 12th in the MPSF ... Averaged 1.02 digs per set ... Totaled 51 digs ... Also contributed 10 kills while hitting .138 (10-6-29), 17 blocks (two solo, 15 assists) and 19.5 points ... Dished a season-best 44 assists vs. Pepperdine (3/29) ... Credited with six digs at USC (3/7).
CLUB: Played for Bay to Bay Volleyball Club.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in 2013 ... Named All-West Catholic Athletic League and All-Central Coast Section first team honors as a senior ... As a junior, earned All-WCAL second team distinction ... Helped coach Scott Peterson's Bells to a first-place CCS finish as a sophomore and section runner-up finish as a junior ... Named to the Karch Kiraly Tournament of Champions all-tournament team as a senior.
PERSONAL: Born and raised in San Jose, Calif. ... Son of Tim and Sharon Stewart ... Has one younger sister, McKenna ... Majoring in sports medicine.
FAVORITES: Favorite pro athlete is Payton Manning ... Favorite pro team is the Los Angeles Lakers ... Favorite book is Ender's Game ... Favorite movie is Encino Man ... Favorite band is the Red Hot Chili Peppers ... Favorite tv show is Bones ... Favorite food is sushi ... Favorite sport other than volleyball is basketball.