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.
David Wieczorek led the Waves with 19 kills on a .581 offensive success rate.
This will be the first time the Waves face both of these squads.
The Waves ranked No. 5 in the AVCA and MPSF preseason polls earlier this month.
WESTON BARNES PEPPERDINE CAREER STATS
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 economics … 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.