#5 Anteaters Hang on to 3-1 Win over #10 Waves

Alex Harthaller (22) (Photo by Sarah Otteman)
Jan. 14, 2018

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MALIBU, Calif. -- Big effort from the 10th-ranked Pepperdine men's volleyball team fell short against 5th-ranked UC Irvine in Firestone Fieldhouse on Sunday night, as the Anteaters pulled off a 25-21, 16-25, 25-19, 29-27 victory.

Alex Harthaller highlighted the match for the Waves after marking career-high efforts with 18 kills and five aces.

Pepperdine LogoBIG WAVES

  • Alex Harthaller (Innsbruck, Austria/Akademischeg Gymnasium/IPFW): 18 kills, .317 hitting percentage, 5 aces, 7 digs, 48 serve receptions
  • Colby Harriman (Rochester, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit HS): 14 kills, 3 digs, 3 blocks
  • Robert Mullahey (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS): 46 assists, 1 ace, 6 digs
  • Jack Cole (Lafayette, Calif./Campolindo HS): 7 kills, .357 hitting percentage, 1 ace, 2 digs
  • Noah Dyer (San Clemente, Calif./Saddleback Valley Christian HS): 6 kills, 4 blocks (1 solo), 1 ace
  • Clay Carr (Costa Mesa, Calif./Newport Harbor HS): 7 kills, 4 blocks, 3 digs
  • Weston Barnes (Laguna Beach, Calif./Laguna Beach HS/George Mason): 9 digs, 18 service receptions

    Pepperdine LogoWAVES VS. ANTEATERS
    Pepperdine (1-1) led the day with 53 kills, compared to UC Irvine's (4-1) 52 kills. The Anteaters .281 hitting percentage helped their cause, however, as the Waves marked a .226. UCI also posted 41 digs and 10.5 blocks, while Pepperdine amassed 32 digs and 7.0 blocks throughout the match. The Waves led the service line by a commanding 8-1 service ace effort.

    Set K-E-TA (Pct)

    1. 13-8-32 (.156)

    2. 13-2-23 (.478)

    3. 12-8-34 (.118)

    4. 15-7-35 (.229)

    TOTAL: 53-25-124 (.226)

    Pepperdine LogoUC IRVINE ATTACK BY SET
    Set K-E-TA (Pct)

    1. 12-4-22 (.364)

    2. 8-5-21 (.143)

    3. 14-6-37 (.216)

    4. 18-5-34 (.382)

    TOTAL: 52-20-114 (.281)

    Pepperdine LogoPLAY-BY-PLAY
    The Waves came out strong in the first set, commanding a 6-1 lead to open the match courtesy of an ace from Harthaller and back-to-back blocks from the `Malibu Roofing Company.' A pair of consecutive aces from Harthaller later in the set earned the Waves a 14-9 lead. After that mark, the Anteaters closed the gap and tied the match 15-15 before working with the advantage en route to a 25-21 set win for the early edge.

    The second set opened in similar fashion, with Pepperdine taking hold of a 4-1 lead to start things off. UCI started to close the gap, but the Waves remained tough and extended the lead to 16-9 with kills from Harriman and Cole. Harthaller posted his fifth ace of the night to make it 18-10 and the Waves rolled on from there. A block collaboration from Dyer, Carr and Harriman and a final kill from Harriman made it a 25-16 set win and a 1-1 tie heading into the third.

    The script was flipped in the third set with Irvine pulling ahead early 4-1. The Waves tied the match through the 12-12 mark, but the opposition put a few together and worked towards a 25-19 set win.

    With the match on the line, the Waves went into the fourth set intent on giving the Anteaters a tough battle. After falling behind 8-5 early in the set, Pepperdine battled back to tie things up at 12's. Each side then went point-for-point en route to a 20-20 tie before the Waves posted a Dyer kill and forced a pair of UCI attack errors for a three-point lead. Pepperdine then had four set-point opportunities, but the Anteaters were able to fight them all off, tie the set at 27-27 and take the two points for the set and match-win.

    Pepperdine LogoNEXT UP
    Next, the Waves host UC Santa Barbara on January 20 in Firestone Fieldhouse. The match has been designated "Marv Dunphy Night" and Pepperdine will be hosting a Marv Dunphy Volleyball Court dedication prior to the 6 p.m. match. 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.


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