#10 Waves Prevail in Five-Set Win at #13 UC Santa Barbara
On Friday, the Waves take on No. 2 UCLA in Firestone Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. to continue MPSF action.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Max Chamberlain aced the No. 10 Pepperdine men’s volleyball team to a five-set win over No. 13 UC Santa Barbara at Robertson Gymnasium on Wednesday afternoon, collecting the final two points of the match from the service line to finish off the non-conference win for the Waves.
Pepperdine collected 25-22, 21-25, 26-24 and 22-25 to put the match in a fifth set. After facing a 10-7 deficit late in the fifth set, Pepperdine battled back to tie things up at the 11-11 mark. After a kill from Alex Harthaller and an attack error from the opposition, the Waves were looking at a 13-12 lead late in the action. Chamberlain commanded the service line with a pair of aces to finish off the set 15-12 and the match 3-2 for the Waves’ fourth-straight win.
The Waves (8-3) led the match at the service line against the Gauchos (4-5), while both teams posted 13.0 team blocks in the big defensive match-up.
|WAVES VS. GAUCHOS|
|PEPPERDINE ATTACK BY SET|
1. 16-3-30 (.433)
2. 10-8-30 (.067)
3. 8-7-30 (.033)
4. 12-7-36 (.139)
5. 9-3-16 (.375)
TOTAL: 55-28-142 (.190)
|UC SANTA BARBARA ATTACK BY SET|
1. 16-6-34 (.294)
2. 11-4-23 (.304)
3. 13-7-30 (.200)
4. 12-5-31 (.226)
5. 4-2-12 (.167)
TOTAL: 56-24-130 (.246)
The second set began similar to the first with each team hitting the 10-point mark. The Gauchos then worked towards a three-point lead at the 19-16 mark before the Waves could counter. Pepperdine brought the set to a one-point deficit at the 22-21 score, but UCSB closed the door and finished off with a 25-21 set win to tie the match.
It was another back-and-forth set in the third, with the Waves going up 8-6 and down 13-15 towards a late 18-18 tie. Robert Mullahey roped an ace on the court and big blocks from Clay Carr, Wieczorek and Mullahey helped Pepperdine, but the opposition continued to stay close until the 24-24 mark. Harriman ripped an ace to a fraction inside the back left line to get the edge and then continued with big defensive and impressive digs en route to the Waves 26-24 set win and 2-1 lead heading into the fourth.
After early tied scores, the Gauchos worked ahead to a 17-11 advantage late in the set. At the 24-17 mark, the Waves started to make a comeback, collecting blocks from Mullahey and Wexter and smashes from Harthaller, Chamberlain and Wieczorek towards a 24-22 score. UCSB closed the set down on a kill from the outside, though for a 25-22 set win to force the fifth set.
The opposition worked ahead to start the fifth set and reached the eight-point mark first with an 8-5 advantage. After a 10-7 deficit, the Waves worked back and kills from Wieczorek and Harriman tied the score at 11’s. Harthaller picked up another smash in the final moments to put Max Chamberlain at the service line with a 13-12 Pepperdine lead. He put down two-straight aces, including one that painted the back line to win the match with the 15-12 final set win.