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.
Michael Wexter and David Wieczorek led the team with 19 and 17 kills respectively.
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.
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: Been an integral part of the Waves’ family for two seasons after transferring for University of the Pacific … MPSF All-Academic in 2016 and two-time Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete in 2015 and 2016 … Solely at Pepperdine, Stewart has started in 18-of-37 matches played … In those 119 sets logged, he has posted 688 assists and 1,367 total touches, averaging 10.12 assists/set and adding a .504 success rate when leading the offensive … He has amassed seven aces and put in 337 services for a .923 service percentage … Stewart produced 85 digs for 0.64 digs/set, 30 blocks to average 0.44 blocks/set and 36.0 points to average 0.30 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 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 two years at Pepperdine and one at Pacific, Stewart has played in 169 sets and 58 matches … He has posted 1,053 assists, averaging 8.70 assists/set … He has also amassed seven aces, 136 digs, 47 blocks including two solos and 55.5 points … He has averaged 0.39 blocks/set and 0.31 points/set.
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.