#8 Pepperdine Falls to #5 BYU in Tough Five-Set Matchup

Max  Chamberlain (13),  Alex  Harthaller (22) (Photo by Martin A. Folb)
Max Chamberlain (13), Alex Harthaller (22) (Photo by Martin A. Folb)
March 1, 2018

Final Stats

Box Score

PROVO, Utah – The No. 8 Pepperdine men’s volleyball team went ahead 2-0 to start the match against No. 5 Brigham Young at the Smith Fieldhouse on Thursday, but the Cougars countered with three set wins of their own to secure the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation win.

BYU (13-4, 6-0 MPSF) took the five-set win with 22-25, 27-29, 25-23, 25-22 and 15-11 set wins over the Waves (9-4, 3-2 MPSF) to remain undefeated in the league and sit atop the standings.

Pepperdine LogoBIG WAVES

  • David Wieczorek (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy): 20 kills, .351 hitting%, 4 aces, 8 blocks (1 solo)
  • Max Chamberlain (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs HS): 10 blocks, 7 kills, 2 aces, 3 digs
  • Colby Harriman (Rochester, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit HS): 12 kills, 2 aces, 5 blocks
  • Alex Harthaller (Innsbruck, Austria/Akademischeg Gymnasium/IPFW): 10 kills, 3 digs, 2 blocks
  • Michael Wexter (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West HS): 6 kills, .500 hitting%
  • Robert Mullahey (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS): 47 assists, 9 digs, 1 block
  • Noah Dyer (San Clemente, Calif./Saddleback Valley Christian HS): 6 digs, 4 assists
  • Spencer Wickens (Irondequoit, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit HS): 2 aces

    Pepperdine LogoWAVES VS. COUGARS
    BYU hit for 61 kills on a .355 hitting percentage against the Waves, while Pepperdine was good for 55 smashes and a .258 clip on the offensive. Although the Waves were good for 10 aces to the Cougars six, BYU put up 60 assists, 33 digs and 15.5 team blocks compared to Pepperdine’s 52 assists, 24 digs and 13.5 blocks.

    Set K-E-TA (Pct)

    1. 13-2-26 (.423)

    2. 13-6-25 (.280)

    3. 11-6-27 (.185)

    4. 12-4-22 (.364)

    5. 6-6-20 (.000)

    TOTAL: 55-24-120 (.258)

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

    1. 13-4-23 (.391)

    2. 14-7-26 (.269)

    3. 13-4-25 (.360)

    4. 16-4-24 (.500)

    5. 5-3-12 (.167)

    TOTAL: 61-22-110 (.355)

    Pepperdine LogoNOTABLES

  • BYU broke the Waves five-match winning streak, including two wins over top-five ranked teams.
  • The Waves have posted two top-five upsets in the past two weeks, with a 3-0 sweep over #2 UCLA and a 3-1 win over #4 UC Irvine.
  • David Wieczorek leads the conference in points/set, aces/set and kills/set and is second in hitting percentage. Robert Mullahey is second in the conference in assists/set.

    Pepperdine LogoPLAY-BY-PLAY
    The Waves came out ready to play in the first set, pulling ahead 4-1 on a pair of Colby Harriman smashes and hitting for a perfect 1.000 success rate through the first 16-points of the match. The Cougars stayed close throughout the match, coming within one-point several times and tying the set at 21’s late in the action. Pepperdine gained the early edge, though and kills from David Wieczorek and Max Chamberlain closed things out in the Waves’ favor with a 25-22 set win.

    In the second set, the opposition came out strong intent on evening the score. After a 9-9 tie early in the set, BYU worked ahead to a 15-12 advantage with a pair of blocks. The Waves had some blocks and smashes in their arsenal as well, though, and stayed close in the match towards an 18-18 tied score. The Cougars still had the momentum, however, and advanced to a set-point opportunity first at the 24-23 mark. The Waves fought off four set-point options to tie the score once again at 27’s . A block from Colby Harriman, Alex Harthaller and Chamberlain gave Pepperdine their first set-point opportunity and after a BYU timeout, the Waves succeeded 29-27 on Wieczorek’s second ace of the night.

    With a 2-0 lead in the match, the Waves came out strong with a 13-11 lead. The set would turn into another see-saw battle, though, as the Cougars tied the set at 15’s and go back-and-forth with the Waves onto the 23-23 mark. Despite some solid Waves’ attack efforts, BYU held on to the set and won 25-23 to force a fourth.

    Pepperdine came out big again in the fourth set, amassing a 9-6 lead, but the opposition was quick to work back and tie the set at 15’s. Despite a 20-17 Waves’ advantage late in the set courtesy of kills and aces from Wieczorek and big blocks from Chamberlain, BYU came back to take the 25-22 set win and force a fifth.

    With the momentum in the home team’s court heading into the fifth, the Cougars broke out to a 4-1 lead early on. Although Pepperdine countered to tie the set 10-10, BYU came out of a timeout with aggressive energy and picked up a 15-11 set win to complete the reverse sweep.

    Pepperdine LogoNEXT UP
    The Waves continue life on the road with a match-up at Stanford in Palo Alto on Saturday at 7 p.m. 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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