#12 Waves Thrill with Five-Set Win over #15 USC

Team  (Photo by Martin A. Folb)
Team (Photo by Martin A. Folb)
Feb. 17, 2018

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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.

Pepperdine LogoBIG WAVES

  • David Wieczorek (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy): 18 kills, .371 hitting %, 1 ace, 6 digs, 3 blocks, 33 service receptions with 0 errors
  • Colby Harriman (Rochester, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit HS): 16 kills, .294 hitting %, five aces, 2 blocks
  • Alex Harthaller (Innsbruck, Austria/Akademischeg Gymnasium/IPFW): 10 kills, 1 ace, 9 digs, 4 blocks
  • Max Chamberlain (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs HS): 6 blocks (1 solo), 7 kills, .636 hitting %, 1 ace
  • Michael Wexter (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West HS): 6 kills, 6 blocks, 1 ace
  • Robert Mullahey (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS): 51 assists, 8 digs, 4 blocks
  • Noah Dyer (San Clemente, Calif./Saddleback Valley Christian HS): 10 digs, 3 assists

    Pepperdine LogoWAVES VS. TROJANS
    Pepperdine outplayed USC in all offensive and defensive categories, earning the five-set win outright. The Waves posted 57 kills on a .303 success rate, while allowing the Trojans 49 kills on a .220 clip. Pepperdine led with 10-4 aces and 38-36 digs, while amassing a solid 13.0 team blocks to USC’s 8.5. The Waves also added 57 assists to the opposition’s 47 as well.

    Set K-E-TA (Pct)

    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)

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

    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 LogoPLAY-BY-PLAY
    The Waves came out strong in the first set, commanding a .393 hitting percentage against the Trojans to open the match. Colby Harriman and David Wieczorek traded smashes throughout the set en route to a 17-13 Waves’ lead. Wieczorek picked up an ace at the service line and Alex Harthaller helped the cause with a pair of kills to put the Waves in a set-point opportunity with a 24-19 advantage. Michael Wexter put up the kill to do the honors and send Pepperdine into the second set with a 1-0 lead.

    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.

    Pepperdine LogoNEXT UP
    Pepperdine makes a short trip to #13 UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday and returns home to host #2 UCLA on Friday. 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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