Offense Propels #12 Waves to Sweep over George Mason
David Wieczorek led the Waves with 14 kills on a .444 hitting percentage.
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).
|WAVES VS. PATRIOTS|
|PEPPERDINE 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)
|GEORGE MASON ATTACK BY SET|
1. 9-5-30 (.133)
2. 12-3-29 (.310)
3. 10-8-26 (.077)
TOTAL: 31-16-85 (.176)
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.