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.
Michael Wexter had a career-high night with 22 kills on a .405 success rate in front of 1,322 fans at Gentile Arena.
David Wieczorek led the Waves with 20 kills, tying his career high at Pepperdine.
The Waves ranked No. 5 in the AVCA and MPSF preseason polls earlier this month.
Wieczorek tabs a career-high 19 kills on the night.
Men's Volleyball: No. 8 Pepperdine vs. No. 5 UC Irvine
PEPPERDINE CAREER: Has started seven matches in his career and played in 12 … In 39 total sets played, scattered 331 assists to average 7.81 assists/set … Also posted four aces for 0.20 aces/set … Rejected the opposition at the net on 31 total occasions, including two solo rejections for 0.75 blocks/set.
PEPPERDINE 2016: Played in 36 sets as a junior, while starting in six-of-11 matches played … Averaged 8.61 assists/set, 1.53 digs/set, 0.81 blocks/set, 0.74 points/set and 0.22 kills/set … Posted eight kills with four errors on 20 total swings … Amassed 310 total assists on 671 touches for a .462 success rate … Also picked up three aces, 55 digs and 29 blocks including two solo rejections … Posted two double-doubles on the season, including a career-best 55 assists and 13 digs against #10 UC Santa Barbara (2/17) … Had another double-double versus #3 UCLA (2/19) with 11 digs and 25 assists … Led the team in assists in eight matches and digs in three matches … Posted a career-high seven blocks at USC (1/26).
PEPPERDINE 2015: Earned starting bid in season-opener vs. North Greenville (1/3) ... Scattered 21 assists and scored a pair of blocks in the 3-0 win ... Pepperdine hit .378 in the match.
PEPPERDINE 2014: Did not see official time as a freshman ... Averaged 10.40 assists and 2.07 digs in four exhibition matches vs. Canadian teams.
USA VOLLEYBALL: Captain of the 2014 U.S. Junior National Team that won bronze at the NORCECA Continental Championship ... Member of the 2013 USA Volleyball Boys' Youth National Team that competed at the FIVB U19 World Championships in Mexico ... Participated in several USA Volleyball High Performance camps.
CLUB: Member of the Santa Monica Beach Club since age 14 ... Won a bronze medal at the USAV Junior National Championships in the 15s club division ... Earned all-tournament honors at junior nationals twice.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Agoura High School in 2013 ... Played four seasons of varsity volleyball under head coach Marla O'Hara ... All-Marmonte League first team selection as a senior, second team as a junior and third team as a sophomore ... Two-time team MVP.
PERSONAL: Born in Santa Monica, Calif. ... Son of Peter and Gabrielle ... Youngest child of four ... Older siblings include Jacob, Lars and Anneliese ... Father played football at St. Olaf College in Minnesota ... Chose Pepperdine because "it's a great program with a long tradition of excellence and outstanding coaching."
FAVORITES: Favorite professional athlete is Chris Paul ... Favorite pro team is the Los Angeles Clippers ... Favorite book is Live By Night ... Favorite tv show is Psych ... Favorite food is his dad's homemade BBQ pulled pork sandwich ... favorite sport other than volleyball is basketball.