#8 Pepperdine Falls to #5 BYU in Tough Five-Set Matchup
Max Chamberlain led the squad with a career-high 10 blocks.
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.
|WAVES VS. COUGARS|
|PEPPERDINE ATTACK BY SET|
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)
|BYU ATTACK BY SET|
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)
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.