#10 Waves Prevail in Five-Set Win at #13 UC Santa Barbara

Team (Photo by Ashley Harris)
Team (Photo by Ashley Harris)
Feb. 21, 2018

Final Stats

Box Score

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.

Pepperdine LogoBIG WAVES

  • David Wieczorek (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy): 14 kills, .314 hitting %, 3 aces, 7 digs, 6 blocks, 31 successful serve receptions with no errors
  • Alex Harthaller (Innsbruck, Austria/Akademischeg Gymnasium/IPFW): 13 kills, 5 digs, 2 blocks
  • Max Chamberlain (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs HS): 3 aces, 4 blocks (1 solo), 3 kills
  • Colby Harriman (Rochester, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit HS): 12 kills, 1 ace, 8 digs
  • Michael Wexter (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West HS): 9 kills, .615 hitting %, 4 blocks, 3 digs
  • Robert Mullahey (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS): 47 assists, 1 ace, 8 digs, 5 blocks
  • Noah Dyer (San Clemente, Calif./Saddleback Valley Christian HS): 10 digs, 4 assists, 22 serve receptions with no errors
  • Clay Carr (Costa Mesa, Calif./Newport Harbor HS): 3 blocks, 1 kill
  • Kaleb Denmark (Redlands, Calif./Arrowhead Christian Academy): 3 kills, .750 hitting %, 2 digs

    Pepperdine LogoWAVES VS. GAUCHOS
    The two teams were even with 53 assists and 13.0 team blocks in a big battle at the net, although that’s where the similarities parted. The Gauchos led the match with 56 kills on a .246 output, while the Waves put up 55 smashes on a .190 success rate. UCSB also led in the back row with a 49-44 dig-ratio.

    Set K-E-TA (Pct)

    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)

    Set K-E-TA (Pct)

    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)

    Pepperdine LogoPLAY-BY-PLAY
    The match started off evenly for both sides, with the Waves and Gauchos exchanging points to the 4-4 mark. Pepperdine gained the first advantage 8-5 on kills from Michael Wexter and Alex Harthaller. Pepperdine maintained a two to three point lead after a 14-14 tie in the middle of the set. A block collaboration from Wexter and Wieczorek, followed by big kills form Harriman and an ace from Wieczorek helped the Waves to a set-point opportunity. Harthaller did the final kill for the Waves’ 25-22 set win and 1-0 early advantage.

    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.

    Pepperdine LogoNEXT UP
    The Waves return home to host No. 2 UCLA on Friday at 7 p.m. The match will stream live with WaveCasts. 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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