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 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 posted a .386 hitting percentage (58-9-127), including a .647 output (11-0-17) in the second set alone to earn the win.
Men's Volleyball: No. 8 Pepperdine vs. No. 5 UC Irvine
PEPPERDINE CAREER: Has played in 36 matches with 20 starts after two seasons in the Waves’ uniform … In 119 sets played, has posted a .313 hitting percentage after marking 212 kills and 89 errors on 542 swings … Also tabbed 48 assists, 138 digs, 50 blocks and 22 aces for the Waves … Averaged 1.30 kills/set, 0.14 aces/set, 0.32 blocks/set and 0.86 digs/set … Earned his first career double-double at Stanford (3/18/17) with 15 kills, 12 digs, four block assists and two aces … Posted a career-best 22 kills at Loyola Chicago (1/13/17) and a .560 hitting percentage (15-1-25) against BYU (3/11/17) … Totaled a career0best five aces against Cal Baptist (1/25/17) and six blocks against UCLA (2/11/17).
PEPPERDINE 2017: Started 20-of-22 matches played for the Waves as a sophomore … In 83 sets charted, averaged 3.10 points/set after putting up 2.53 kills/set, 1.63 digs/set, 0.58 blocks/set, 0.25 aces/set and 0.20 assists/set … Led the Waves with 21 total aces and 0.25 aces/set … Posted 210 kills and 89 errors with 537 total swings for a .225 success rate … Ranked second on the team with 135 digs … Also amassed 48 total blocks including four solo rejections … Tabbed his first career double-double with 15 kills, two aces, 12 digs and four block assists at Stanford (3/18) … Hit for double-figure kills in nine matches … Posted a career-high 22 kills at Loyola Chicago (1/13) and a career-best five aces against Cal Baptist (1/25) … Led the Waves in aces in eight matches, digs in seven matches, kills in six matches, hitting percentage in four matches and blocks in three matches … Marked eight or more kills on 13 occasions, five or more digs 15 times, three or more blocks eight times and two or more aces in six matches.
PEPPERDINE 2016: Appeared in 14 matches and 36 sets as a freshman … Amassed a .400 hitting percentage after going 2-0-5 on the offensive … Totaled three assists, three digs, two blocks and one ace for four points … Had two kills on a 2-0-4 output, with three digs and one block in the season home-opener against Concordia-Irvine (1/10) … Posted an ace and six total service attempts in a three-set bout with UCLA (2/19) … In a series of two exhibition matches against Saskatchewan (1/2-3) to start the 2016 campaign, Wexter appeared in two sets, collecting 10 kills on a .533 success rate (10-2-15), two assists, two digs and one block.
USA VOLLEYBALL: In the summer of 2016, was a member of the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team … Wexter, along with fellow Wave Jack Cole, helped the team to the Men’s U21 NORCECA Continental Championship title with a four-set win over Cuba in Gastineau, Quebec, Canada … The team also dominated Team Canada and Team St. Vincent and the Grenadines in straight sets to move on to the title match … Played for the U.S. Junior National Team in 2015 and the U.S. A1 Continental Team in 2014 … Helped the 2015 team to a seventh place finish at the FIVB Boys’ U19 World Championships.
CLUB: Played for Ultimate Volleyball Club for eight seasons … Led the U14 team to an USAV Junior National Championship title in 2010 and the U16 and U14 teams to fifth place finishes in 2011 and 2013.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Lincoln-Way West in New Lenox, Ill. in 2015 … Currently leads LWW in career assists, aces and kills and is the single season record-holder in aces, assists and blocks … Named Joliet Herald and Daily Southtown Player of the Year … Earned a spot on the All-State first team in senior campaign and second team in junior campaign … Named to All-Area first team three consecutive seasons (sophomore-senior campaigns) … In senior season, collected 468 assists, 251 kills and 72 aces … Led Lincoln-Way West to a Southwest Suburban Conference Co-Championship regular season in 2015 … Also earned high academic honors in every semester.
PERSONAL: Son of Randy and Sara … Father, Randy, played golf for Northern Iowa University and currently coaches both men’s and women’s golf at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Ind. … Has three siblings, Halli, Jenna and Connor … Brother, Connor, played volleyball at Carthage College and sister, Jenna, was a pole vaulter at Northern Iowa University … Career goal is to represent U.S.A. at the Olympics … Majoring in Sport Administration at Pepperdine ... His most thrilling moment in sports to date was “playing in the world championship tournament with the USA Youth National Team.”
FAVORITES: Favorite professional athlete is Michael Jordan … Favorite professional team is the Chicago Bulls … Favorite book is The Camel Club by David Baldacci … Favorite TV show is The Office … Favorite movie is Warrior … Favorite food are tacos … Favorite musical artist is Mumford and Sons … Favorite sport other than volleyball is basketball.