#6 Ramblers Dig In for 3-0 Win over #7 Waves

Team (Photo by Citlalli Araiza)
Team (Photo by Citlalli Araiza)
March 10, 2018


Box Score

MALIBU, Calif. -- A strong back row and big attack effort helped No. 6 Loyola Chicago to a three-set win over No. 7 Pepperdine men's volleyball team on Saturday night in Firestone Fieldhouse.

The non-conference win with 25-21, 26-24 and 25-20 set scores, was the Ramblers (16-4) first over the Waves (10-6) all-time.

Pepperdine LogoBIG WAVES

  • Alex Harthaller (Innsbruck, Austria/Akademischeg Gymnasium/IPFW): 12 kills, .435 hitting %, 4 digs, 3 blocks, 20 service receptionts
  • Robert Mullahey (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS): 34 assists, 2 aces, 2 digs, 1 block
  • David Wieczorek (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy): 7 kills, 1 ace, 4 digs
  • Colby Harriman (Rochester, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit HS): 8 kills, 1 ace, 6 digs
  • Michael Wexter (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West HS): 5 kills, .444 hitting%, 1 block
  • Max Chamberlain (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs HS): 4 kills, 4 blocks, 1 ace
  • Nolan Sharp (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS): 4 digs, 23 service receptions

    Pepperdine LogoWAVES VS. RAMBLERS
    The Waves out-blocked the Ramblers 5.0-4.0, but a solid defensive back row by LUC with 37 digs to Pepperdine's 21 hurt the home team's efforts. The Waves put up 35 kills on a .228 output along with 35 assists and five aces, but the opposition countered with 40 kills on a .355 clip with 38 assists and six aces for the overall win.

    Set K-E-TA (Pct)

    1. 10-6-30 (.133)

    2. 11-5-32 (.188)

    3. 14-3-30 (.367)

    TOTAL: 35-14-92 (.228)

    Set K-E-TA (Pct)

    1. 12-4-23 (.348)

    2. 14-6-27 (.296)

    3. 14-3-26 (.423)

    TOTAL: 40-13-76 (.355)

    Pepperdine LogoNOTABLES

  • The win for Loyola Chicago tonight is the first time the Ramblers have beaten the Waves all-time.
  • This is the first time this season the Waves have lost twice in one week.
  • The Waves have posted two top-five upsets in the past three 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 action went back and forth in the first set, but after a 10-10 tie the Ramblers pulled away by three-points. Although the Waves would close the gap to 21-19, LUC had the edge and worked for a 25-21 set win for the early advantage.

    Fueled by the lead and costly errors at the service line for Pepperdine, LUC broke out to a 10-6 lead early in the second set. The Waves countered late in the action to tie the set at 17's with kills from Michael Wexter and Alex Harthaller, and a big block from Max Chamberlain and Harthaller, but the opposition always stayed one point ahead. After another 20-17 lead for the Ramblers, Pepperdine once again closed the gap at the 22-22 mark. After going point-for-point to a tie at 24-24, Loyola put a pair of kills down for the 26-24 set win and 2-0 match lead.

    In the third and final set, the Waves battled hard, laying down a .367 attack output with 14 kills, but the Ramblers stayed hot with 14 kills of their own on a .423 success rate to pull ahead 19-14 late in the action. Three kills from Harthaller and an ace from David Wieczorek helped the Waves to an 18-20 deficit, but LUC closed the door with a big attack effort en route to the 25-20 set win to complete the sweep.

    Pepperdine LogoNEXT UP
    Next, the Waves return home to host No. 6 Loyola Chicago at 5 p.m. on Saturday at Firestone Fieldhouse. 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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