Senior Mitchell Penning graduated this semester after four years in the Waves' family, earning a B.S. in International Business and a B.A. in Religion.
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.
Men's Volleyball: No. 8 Pepperdine vs. No. 5 UC Irvine
PEPPERDINE CAREER: Two-time Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete (2016, 2017) … MPSF All-Academic in 2017 … Has played 43 matches and 158 total sets after two years with the Waves … Averaged 2.02 digs/set with 319 total digs … Tabbed a career-high 15 digs against UC Irvine at home (1/22/16) … Has led the Waves in digs in 18 matches and has amassed double-figure digs 14 times throughout his career … Amassed five or more digs in 32-of-43 matches played as a Wave.
PEPPERDINE 2017: MPSF All-Academic … Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete … Played in 20 matches and 70 sets as the primary libero for the Waves in his junior campaign … Led the team with 2.01 digs/set and 141 total digs … Also led the squad with 485 total serve reception attempts with only 24 errors for a .951 reception percentage … Amassed double-figure digs in six matches … Led Pepperdine in digs in five matches … Posted a season-high 14 digs on three occasions with the final occurring at Cal Baptist (2/16) … Had five or more digs in 15-of-20 matches played.
PEPPERDINE 2016: Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete … Played in 23-of-24 matches throughout the season with 88 total sets logged at libero … Averaged 2.02 digs/set with 178 total digs and 0.62 assists/set with 55 total assists for the Waves … Had a Pepperdine career-high 15 digs vs. UC Irvine at home (1/22) and a season-best six assists twice against Long Beach State (3/31) and CSUN (4/2) … Led the Waves in digs in 13 separate matches … Amassed double-figure digs in seven matches … Tabbed six or more digs on 17 occasions … Posted 12 digs and one assist at UC Santa Barbara (4/6).
GEORGE MASON: Attended George Mason University in Fairfax, Vir. From 2013-2015 … Recorded 83 digs in his sophomore campaign … Amassed a season-high 17 digs against Harvard on April 29, 2015 in the EIVA semi-final match … Helped team to the 2015 EIVA Championship match … Named to Dean’s List in the fall of 2013 and 2014.
CLUB: Played for Balboa Bay Volleyball Club from 2007 to 2013 … Tabbed to 15U Junior Olympics All-Tournament Team … Earned a 16U Junior Olympics Gold Medal (open) and an 18U Junior Olympics Silver Medal (open).
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Laguna Beach High School in Laguna Beach, Calif. … Posted 685 career kills in three seasons on the varsity squad … Listed fourth in all-time career kills and third in all-time career kills/set (rally scoring era) … Named to All-CIF First Team, Orange Coast League First Team and was an Orange County All-Star selection in his senior campaign … Tabbed 294 kills in his senior season … In his junior campaign, tallied 301 kills and earned All-Orange County League First Team and Laguna Beach Athlete of the Week once … Helped LBHS go undefeated throughout 2011-13 and led the team to a Division 3 Regional State title in 2011.
PERSONAL: Son of Brad and Maria Barnes … Has one brother, Brad II … Majoring in business administration … Mother, Maria, played volleyball at San Diego State University … Father, Brad, played volleyball at Orange Coast College … Stated “the moments when I am able to connect with my teammates and everything seems to flow on the court” as his biggest love of volleyball.
FAVORITES: Favorite professional athlete is Kobe Bryant … Favorite professional team are the LA Lakers … Favorite book is Unbroken … Favorite movie is Whiplash … Favorite TV show is Suits … Favorite musical artist is Flume … Favorite food is Mexican … Favorite sports other than volleyball are tennis and basketball … Favorite hobbies/pastimes apart from volleyball include: spearfishing, stand-up paddle boarding and DJ-ing.