MALIBU, Calif. -- The 10th-ranked Pepperdine men's volleyball team opened the 2018 season with a commanding 3-0 sweep over Cal Lutheran in Firestone Fieldhouse on Sunday night. The first match with David Hunt at the helm of the Waves was won with 25-18, 25-13 and 25-14 final set scores.
Alex Gettinger (Wildwood, Mo./Lafayette HS): 3 kills, .750 hitting percentage
WAVES VS. KINGSMEN
The Waves commanded the offensive with a .406 hitting percentage on 41 kills, while only allowing the Kingsmen 19 kills on a .016 success rate. Pepperdine also plastered eight aces throughout the match and gave up none with 39 success service receptions and no errors. The Waves added 10.5 team blocks, 23 digs and 38 assists, while CLU amassed 5.0 blocks, 12 dis and 19 assists throughout the night.
PEPPERDINE ATTACK BY SET
Set K-E-TA (Pct)
1. 16-7-30 (.300)
2. 11-2-18 (.500)
3. 14-4-21 (.476)
TOTAL: 41-13-69 (.406)
CAL LUTHERAN ATTACK BY SET
Set K-E-TA (Pct)
1. 7-5-23 (.087)
2. 7-8-21 (-.048)
3. 5-5-18 (.000)
TOTAL: 19-18-62 (.016)
The Waves came out strong in the first official set of the season, commanding a quick 9-5 lead with aces from Harthaller and kills from Dyer, Carr and Harthaller. Pepperdine continued to hit hard as Dyer led the offensive and Harriman delivered some power from the outside en route to a 21-16 advantage. Dyer and Harthaller combined in the final points to shut the set down 25-18 and pull ahead.
Pepperdine worked with the momentum of the first set win and busted out to another 9-5 lead that turned into a 16-7 gap. Harthaller was good for back-to-back aces late in the set and Harriman produced the final kill to extend the Waves' lead to 2-0 on the night with the 25-13 set win.
The Waves came out in the third set intent on closing things down with the sweep. After amassing a close 7-5 gap early, the Waves went off on a 10-3 run with a strong service from Spencer Wickens (Irondequoit, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit HS) including an ace and kills from Gettinger and Harriman. An ace from Carr late in the set and back-to-back smashes from Troy Magorien (Agoura Hills, Calif./Westlake HS), Pepperdine was in a position to win. Gettinger, Mullahey and Carr combined at the net to pick up the Waves' match victory with the 25-14 final set win on a Malibu Roofing Company rejection.
"We've been working on implementing a few things offensively," said head coach David Hunt. "I thought we were able to do that. There were small things here and there that each individual guy was trying to work on, so we saw a lot of small individual successes.
Now, we start watching UC Irvine tonight to get ready for next week, put a game plan together tomorrow and then start implementing during the week."
Next, the Waves host UC Irvine on January 14 in Firestone Fieldhouse. Follow the Waves on Facebook and Twitter, @PeppVolleyball, and follow the team on Instagram, @PepperdineWaves. Get all the most recent schedules, results and more on www.PepperdineWaves.com.