#12 Waves Thrill with Five-Set Win over #15 USC
The Waves take on #13 UC Santa Barbara on the road on Wednesday and host #2 UCLA in Firestone on Friday next week.
MALIBU, Calif. – Colby Harriman’s career five aces and Robert Mullahey’s career-best 51 assists led the No. 12 Pepperdine men’s volleyball team to a thrilling five set win over #15 USC in Firestone Fieldhouse on Saturday night with 25-19, 24-26, 26-16, 22-25 and 15-10 final set scores.
The Waves (7-3, 2-1 MPSF) and Trojans (4-10, 1-3 MPSF) split the first four sets to force a fifth, but Pepperdine came out strong with the early advantage and shut the set down confidently. David Wieczorek tabbed five of the Waves’ eight kills in the final set to propel the team to the MPSF win.
|WAVES VS. TROJANS|
|PEPPERDINE ATTACK BY SET|
1. 14-3-28 (.393)
2. 14-7-31 (.226)
3. 7-2-15 (.333)
4. 14-7-33 (.212)
5. 8-2-12 (.500)
TOTAL: 57-21-119 (.303)
|USC ATTACK BY SET|
1. 7-4-22 (.136)
2. 13-4-25 (.360)
3. 11-6-28 (.179)
4. 13-3-30 (.333)
5. 5-6-13 (-.077)
TOTAL: 49-23-118 (.220)
Pepperdine opened the second set with a 10-3 lead, but USC closed the gap late in the set at the 21-21 mark. After a few back-and-forth options late in the action, the Trojans came away with a 26-24 set win to tie the match.
In the third set, the Waves redeemed themselves quickly, amassing another 10-5 lead with big blocks from Max Chamberlain, Harriman and Wieczorek. Late in the set, Harriman was unstoppable at the service line with four-consecutive aces to make it a 21-13 Waves’ lead. With the momentum on their side of the court, a solo block from Chamberlain and an attack error from the other side of the net put the Waves up 2-1 with a 25-16 set win.
USC gained the early lead in the fourth set with a 12-7 lead and continued to produce point-scoring opportunities throughout. Despite a late comeback attempt by the Waves, the Trojans sent the match to a fifth set with a 25-22 set win.
In the final set, Pepperdine came out with something to prove, commanding an 8-3 lead with blocks from Robert Mullahey, Chamberlain, Wieczorek, Wexter and Harthaller in an all-around ‘Malibu Roofing Company’ effort. The Waves continued to roll late in the set with three kills from Wieczorek and a final match-winning block from Chamberlain and Harriman for the 15-10 set win and 3-2 MPSF victory.