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.
MPSF Tournament quarterfinals: Pepperdine vs. UC Santa Barbara (Photos by Martin A. Folb)
Pepperdine vs. USC on April 2. Photos by Martin A. Folb.
Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. UC Irvine (Photos by Martin A. Folb)
Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. Stanford (Photos by Martin A. Folb)
Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. UCLA (Photos by Martin A. Folb)
PEPPERDINE CAREER: Two-time MPSF All-Academic performer and three-time Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete … After three seasons donning the Waves’ uniform, Penning has played in 184 total sets and started in 49 matches of 51 matches played … He boasts a .362 hitting percentage after smashing down 261 kills with only 66 errors on 538 swings … Penning averages 1.42 kills/set, 0.18 aces/set, 0.32 digs/set, 2.17 points/set and 1.06 blocks/set … The middle blocker has also amassed 13 assists, 32 aces, 57 digs, 195 total blocks including 11 solo rejections and 396 total points … He ranks in the Pepperdine records for the third highest hitting percentage all-time in the rally scoring era with a .846 with (11-0-13) against BYU (3/20/15), while in the same game his career-high kills match … He picked up a career-best eight blocks twice in 2016, first against CSUN in three sets (2/3) and again at UC Santa Barbara in four sets (4/6) … He put down a career-high five aces against Cal Baptist (4/4/15).
PEPPERDINE 2016: MPSF All-Academic … Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete … Started and played in 23 matches with 86 sets played … Averaged 1.53 kills/set, 2.22 points/set, 0.95 blocks/set, 0.34 digs/set and 0.20 aces/set … Posted a .394 offensive success rate with 132 kills and only 30 errors in 259 swings … Also tabbed 17 aces, 29 digs, 82 blocks including two solo rejections and four assists for 191 points … Finished the season ranked 31st in the nation and 12th in the MPSF with 0.95 blocks/set … Led the Waves in blocks on six occasions, aces in five matches and hitting percentage four times … Picked up a career-high eight blocks twice, first at CSUN in three sets (2/3) and again at UC Santa Barbara in four sets (4/6) … Collected a season-best 10 kills and a .778 hitting percentage against at UC San Diego (3/2) … Tallied a season-high four aces against Hawaii (1/15).
PEPPERDINE 2015: The Waves' most improved player from 2014, going from a non-travelling squad member as a freshman to a full-time starter as a sophomore ... Appeared in 28 matches and 97 sets, earning starting bids in 26 contests ... Averaged 1.33 kills per set while hitting .333 ... Paced the Waves with 1.16 blocks per set to rank ninth in the MPSF ... Earned 11 kills off of 13 error-free swings vs. BYU (3/20) for a career-high hitting percentage of .846 ... Hitting percentage rates fourth in Pepperdine's single-match record book ... Charted 10 kills, hitting .412 vs. Harvard (3/17) ... Posted a season-best seven blocks in back-to-back matches vs. Cal State Northridge (1/21) and Long Beach State (1/24) ... Scored five aces vs. Cal Baptist (4/4) ... Season totals include 129 kills, nine assists, 15 aces, 28 digs, 113.0 blocks and 205.0 points ... MPSF All-Academic Scholar-Athlete ... Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete.
PEPPERDINE 2014: Made collegiate debut vs. Cal Baptist (2/22) ... Appeared in one match and one set as a freshman ... Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete
USA VOLLEYBALL: Selected to the U.S. Boys' Youth National Team in 2012.
CLUB: Member of the STL High Performance Volleyball Club.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Westminster Christian Academy in 2013 ... Played four seasons of varsity volleyball for head coach Jean Evans ... Saw action as a middle blocker, outside hitter and right side hitter ... Averaged 5.45 kills/set and 1.56 blocks/set as a senior ... Senior-year accolades include Missouri All-State first team and Most Valuable Player ... Also named to the Saint Louis All-Metro first team ... Named to Volleyball Magazine's "Underclassmen to Watch" list in 2012 ... Named to the 2012-13 AVCA Boys' High School Senior All-America first team ... Volleyball Magazine Boys' High School All-American second team selection.
PERSONAL: Son of David and Debra ... Younger brother of Kelly and Marci ... Born in Peoria, Ill. ... Grew up in St. Louis, Mo.. ... Majoring in religion ... Chose Pepperdine because of its "academics, coaching, great team dynamics, location, religion and future opportunities."
FAVORITES: Favorite pro athlete is Karch Kiraly ... Favorite book is the Bible ... Favorite tv show is NCIS ... Favorite food is steak ... Favorite movie is Anchorman ... Favorite sport other than volleyball is water polo ... Biggest sports hero is Kevin Durant.