#10 Grand Canyon Comes Back to Win in Five over #11 Pepperdine

Team (Photo by Sarah Otteman)
Team (Photo by Sarah Otteman)
Feb. 8, 2018

Final Stats

Box Score

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

Pepperdine LogoBIG WAVES

  • Alex Harthaller (Innsbruck, Austria/Akademischeg Gymnasium/IPFW): 14 kills, 3 blocks, 31 reception attempts
  • Colby Harriman (Rochester, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit HS): 11 kills, 2 aces, 3 digs, 1 block
  • David Wieczorek (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy): 11 kills, .261 hitting %, 3 aces, 4 digs, 4 blocks (1 solo), 31 reception attempts
  • Michael Wexter (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West HS): 8 kills, .538 hitting %, 1 ace, 6 blocks
  • Max Chamberlain (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs HS): 9 kills, .500 hitting %, 2 aces, 2 blocks
  • Robert Mullahey (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS): 45 assists, 4 blocks, 4 digs
  • Weston Barnes (Laguna Beach, Calif./Laguna Beach HS/George Mason): 8 digs, 2 assists

    Pepperdine LogoWAVES VS. ANTELOPES
    The Waves posted 54 kills on a .254 hitting percentage, compared to the Antelopes 56 kills on a .392 success rate. Pepperdine led both sides with nine aces against Grand Canyons two, but 22 digs and 10.5 blocks from the Waves were just under the Antelopes’ 34 digs and 13.5 blocks on the night.

    Set K-E-TA (Pct)

    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)

    Set K-E-TA (Pct)

    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)

    Pepperdine LogoPLAY-BY-PLAY
    Pepperdine busted out to a quick start in the first set, fueled early by a 4-1 lead that advanced to a 14-11 advantage later in the set. Blocks from Mullahey and Chamberlain and then again by Harthaller, Wexter and Harriman helped the Waves to a 23-15 lead on the home stretch. A final kill from Harriman and block collaboration from Harthaller and Wexter earned the Waves a 25-17 win.

    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.

    Pepperdine LogoNEXT UP
    Next, Pepperdine takes on Concordia-Irvine on the road on Saturday to continue MPSF action. 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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