#10 Men's Volleyball Downed in Three at #4 Hawai'i

Mitchell Penning (2) (Photo by Martin A. Folb)
Feb. 24, 2017

Final Stats

HONOLULU, Hawai’i.: – The 10th-ranked Pepperdine men’s volleyball team were downed in three sets by 4th-ranked Hawai’i at the Stan Sheriff Center this Friday night.  In the night match beginning at 9 p.m. (PT), the Rainbow Warriors earned 25-21, 25-19 and 25-11 set wins to compete the victory.

Senior Mitchell Penning (St. Louis, Mo./Westminster Christian Academy) led the Waves with 11 kills on a .714 clip, including two blocks and an ace.  As a team, Pepperdine (6-6, 4-5 MPSF) hit for a .261 success rate with 35 kills and 12 errors on 88 swings.  Hawai’i (15-2, 6-2 MPSF) posted a .477 output on 48 kills with only seven errors in 86 attempts.  The Waves also amassed 2.0 blocks and 22 digs compared to the oppositions 5.0 team blocks and 31 digs.

Junior Alex Harthaller (Innsbruck, Austria/Akademischeg Gymnasium/IPFW) garnered seven kills and three blocks, while redshirt-sophomore David Wieczorek (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) was good for six kills and three digs. 

Senior Joshua Stewart (San Jose, Calif./Bellarmine College Prep/Pacific) led the Waves with 24 assists, seven digs and two blocks.

The Waves and Rainbow Warriors went point-for-point early, setting a competitive tone for the entire night.  The teams reached a 9-9 before the opposition would gain an advantage that they would not give up.  Pepperdine came within one-point of the tie many times throughout the remainder of the first, but Hawai’i worked with the momentum and picked up a 25-21 win to pull ahead early.

In the second set, UH broke ahead early with a 4-1 run for the 7-4 advantage.  It was a lead the Waves would be unable to overcome as the opposition worked for a 22-15 advantage late in the set and eventually turned it into a 25-19 second set victory.

With a 2-0 edge heading into the third set, the Rainbow Warriors continued to pound down on the offensive, amassing an 11-3 lead that eventually turned into a 25-11 set win to close the match.

Pepperdine will faceoff with Hawai’i again on Sunday at 9 p.m. (PT) to close out the trip.  Follow Pepperdine @PeppVolleyball on Twitter and Facebook for immediate updates and head to PepperdineWaves.com for recaps, results and more.



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