David Wieczorek led the team with a career-high 28 kills on a career-best .591 attack ouput.
Thanks to seniors Mitchell Penning, Kyle Suppes, Soren Dion-Kindem, James Gehrels, Chad McCalliseter, Max States and Joshua Stewart.
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.
Men's Volleyball: No. 8 Pepperdine vs. No. 5 UC Irvine
Martin A. Folb's photos of the Waves 3-1 MPSF semifinal victory over the Rainbow Warriors in Irvine, Calif.
Pepperdine def. BYU 3-2. (Photos by Martin A. Folb)
Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. UC San Diego (Photos by Martin A. Folb)
PEPPERDINE CAREER: Has donned the Waves’ uniform for three seasons … Played in 67 matches and 192 sets, as the first Wave to come in and produce an impacting presence at the service line … Has amassed 15 aces, 18 digs, 17 points and two kills … Amassed 267 total service attempts en route to a .846 service success rate.
PEPPERDINE 2016: Appeared in 23 of the Waves 24 matches as a junior, coming in mostly to serve and provide back row support … In 74 sets played, he posted six aces, five digs and one assist, while adding 98 total service attempts … He led the squad in aces in two matches, including a three-set thrilling win over Hawaii when he posted two for a career-high outing … Posted a season-best two digs at USC (1/26).
PEPPERDINE 2015: Appeared in 23 matches and 69 sets as a sophomore, coming in mostly to serve and provide passing support ... Posted six aces and eight digs on the season ... Picked up three digs at Cal State Northridge (3/28) ... Posted a kill vs. Harvard (3/17) to clinch the second set.
PEPPERDINE 2014: Appeared in 49 sets and 21 matches as a freshman, coming in mostly to serve and provide defensive support ... Dished an ace in his first collegiate serve vs. UC Irvine (1/10) ... Totaled three aces on the season ... Picked up five digs ... Collected two digs vs. Cal State Northridge (3/22) ... Made good on first and only attack attempt at UC Santa Barbara (3/14) with a kill.
USA VOLLEYBALL: Competed with the USA Volleyball Continental Championship team in 2012.
CLUB: Member of the Santa Monica Beach Club since the age of 14.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Solimar Academy in 2013.
PERSONAL: Son of Donna States and Wendell Wee ... Born in Honolulu, Hawaii ... Currently resides in La Canada, Calif. ... Majoring in advertising ... Chose Pepperdine because of "the feel of the campus and the people" ... Cites Rafael Nadal as biggest sports hero because "he plays every point like it's his last" ... Also an accomplished tennis player and ballet dancer.
FAVORITES: Favorite pro athlete is Clay Stanley ... Favorite book and movie is Jurassic Park ... Favorite tv show is Big Bang Theory ... Favorite food is Hawaiian barbeque chicken ... Favorite sports other than volleyball are tennis, water polo and basketball.