Offense Propels #12 Waves to Sweep over George Mason

David Wieczorek (19) (Photo by Martin A. Folb)
Jan. 26, 2018

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MALIBU, Calif. – Redshirt-junior David Wieczorek and senior Alex Harthaller led the 12th-ranked Pepperdine men’s volleyball team to a sweep over George Mason to open the Uvaldo Acosta Invitational at the Recreation Athletics Complex on Friday night.

Wieczorek and Harthaller marked 14 and 12 kills on .444 and .480 hitting percentages respectively for the victory, helping the Waves (2-2) to 25-21, 26-24 and 25-14 set scores over the Patriots (2-5).

Pepperdine LogoBIG WAVES

  • David Wieczorek (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy): 14 kills, .444 hitting percentage, 2 aces, 4 digs, 1 block
  • Alex Harthaller (Innsbruck, Austria/Akademischeg Gymnasium/IPFW): 12 kills, .480 hitting percentage, 9 digs, 1 block
  • Colby Harriman (Rochester, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit HS): 11 kills, 2 digs, 1 block
  • Robert Mullahey (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS): 40 assists, 1 ace, 4 digs
  • Weston Barnes (Laguna Beach, Calif./Laguna Beach HS/George Mason): 11 digs, 26 service receptions
  • Michael Wexter (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West HS): 4 kills, .571 hitting percentage, 1 ace
  • Max Chamberlain (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs HS): 2 blocks, 3 kills, .600 hitting percentage
  • Jack Cole (Lafayette, Calif./Campolindo HS): 2 kills, 1 block

    Pepperdine LogoWAVES VS. PATRIOTS
    Pepperdine led the match on all fronts, collecting 46 kills on a .370 attack output while allowing only 31 kills on a .176 hitting percentage. The Waves added five aces, 42 assists and 3.0 blocks, giving up only 29 assists, four aces and 2.0 blocks. George Mason did lead the court with 34 digs as Pepperdine put forth 33 on the night. The Waves hit for a .636 success rate in the third set to close the match with a sweeping victory.

    Pepperdine LogoPEPPERDINE ATTACK BY SET

    Set K-E-TA (Pct)

    1. 14-5-39 (.231)

    2. 17-3-39 (.359)

    3. 15-1-22 (.636)

    TOTAL: 46-9-100 (.370)

    Pepperdine LogoGEORGE MASON ATTACK BY SET
    Set K-E-TA (Pct)

    1. 9-5-30 (.133)

    2. 12-3-29 (.310)

    3. 10-8-26 (.077)

    TOTAL: 31-16-85 (.176)

    Pepperdine LogoPLAY-BY-PLAY
    Pepperdine came out strong in the first set, marking a 6-2 lead early on with kills from David Wieczorek and a block collaboration from Jack Cole and Alex Harthaller. Despite the opposition attack force, the Waves locked the set down and kills from Colby Harriman and Wieczorek closed the set for an early 25-21 victory.

    George Mason pulled ahead in the second set, producing a 13-10 lead. Pepperdine battled back to close the gap at 15’s with an ace from Wieczorek and kills from Michael Wexter and Harthaller. Each team went back-and-forth en route to a 23-23 tie score late in the set. The Waves gained the first advantage on a Harthaller smash, but after a GMU timeout, the opposition collected a kill of their own. Harthaller then put another one down for a second set-point opportunity and Jack Cole finished the set off with an ace for a 26-24 set win and a 2-0 match advantage.

    The third set proved to be the Waves through and through and after 6-6 tie, Pepperdine went on an 11-3 run with the help of Max Chamberlain and Harthaller on the attack front. The Waves continued to pound down on the opposition and a final Chamberlain, Harriman block effort earned the sweeping Waves’ win with a 25-14 win.

    Pepperdine LogoNEXT UP
    Next, the Waves continue the Uvaldo Acosta Invitational in Fairfax, Va. tomorrow at 4 p.m. against #14 Ball State. 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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