#10 Grand Canyon Comes Back to Win in Five over #11 Pepperdine
Michael Wexter led the team with a tied career-high block effort of six rejections.
PHOENIX, Ariz. – The No. 11 Pepperdine men’s volleyball team worked ahead early against Grand Canyon on Thursday night in the Antelope Gymnasium, but the Antelopes completed a reverse sweep to win the first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match of the season.
The Waves (4-3, 0-1 MPSF) went ahead with a pair of 25-17 set wins, but the Antelopes (11-2, 1-0 MPSF) collected 25-14, 25-20 and 15-9 final set scores to earn the 3-2 victory
|WAVES VS. ANTELOPES|
|PEPPERDINE ATTACK BY SET|
1. 12-1-21 (.524)
2. 15-4-27 (.407)
3. 9-8-25 (.040)
4. 13-6-31 (.226)
5. 5-5-14 (.000)
TOTAL: 54-24-118 (.254)
|GRAND CANYON ATTACK BY SET|
1. 10-7-20 (.150)
2. 11-4-24 (.292)
3. 14-2-21 (.571)
4. 14-2-25 (.480)
5. 7-1-12 (.500)
TOTAL: 56-16-102 (.392)
Fueled off the first set win, the Waves came out strong in the second with another 4-1 lead early. After a few back-and-forth options including more blocks from Mullahey, Wexter, Chamberlain and Wieczorek, Pepperdine worked ahead to a 19-13 gap. The Waves continued to pound down on the opposition with multiple kills from Chamberlain and Harthaller for the set-point opportunity. A Kaleb Denmark ace and final block from Harthaller and Wexter put the Waves at a 2-0 lead with a 25-17 set win.
Despite a 2-0 lead heading into the third, Grand Canyon came out stronger than before, collecting an 11-6 lead. The opposition continued to find the hold en route to a 21-11 lead late in the set. The Waves were unable to close the gap, resulting in a 25-14 GCU win to make it 2-1 Pepperdine on the night.
The opposition came out strong again in the fourth, collecting an 11-5 lead early on. A late comeback attempt from the Waves fell short and the Lopes took a 25-20 set win to advance the game to a fifth set.
In the final set, GCU was fueled from the momentum of the previous two sets and worked ahead to an 8-3 lead early. The Waves put a few points together, but were unable to close the gap and fell 15-9 to fall 3-2 on the night.