#7 Men's Volleyball Sweeps Past #14 Concordia, Irvine

Team (Photo by: Catt Ott)
Team (Photo by: Catt Ott)
March 15, 2018

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Highlights | Interviews | Photo Gallery | Box Score MALIBU, Calif. – David Wieczorek’s 12 kills and career-high six aces propelled the No. 7 Pepperdine men’s volleyball team to a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation sweep over No. 14 Concordia, Irvine in Firestone Fieldhouse on Thursday night, after the Waves posted 25-15, 25-16 and 25-23 set scores.

The quick hour and 15 minute match advances the Waves record to 11-6 on the season an 5-3 in conference action, while dropping the Eagles to a 10-12 record and 3-5 output in conference play.

Pepperdine LogoBIG WAVES

  • David Wieczorek (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy): 12 kills, . 320 hitting%, 6 aces, 4 blocks, 2 digs
  • Max Chamberlain (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs HS): 5 kills, .571 hitting%, 7 blocks, 5 digs
  • Alex Harthaller (Innsbruck, Austria/Akademischeg Gymnasium/IPFW): 9 kills, 1 ace, 4 digs, 5 blocks
  • Robert Mullahey (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS): 30 assists, 1 ace, 6 digs, 3 blocks
  • Colby Harriman (Rochester, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit HS): 6 kills, 4 blocks, 3 digs
  • Michael Wexter (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West HS): 3 kills, 1 ace, 4 blocks
  • Spencer Wickens (Irondequoit, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit HS): 3 digs
  • Kaleb Denmark (Redlands, Calif./Arrowhead Christian Academy): 3 kills, .750 hitting%

    Pepperdine LogoWAVES VS. EAGLES
    Pepperdine dominated all facets of the match, beginning on offense with 38 smashes on a .360 success rate, as well as nine aces. The Eagles were allowed only 27 kills on a .127 clip, as well as six aces. The Waves came out big on defense as well, with 13.5 team blocks, compared to the opposition’s 11.0 blocks. Each side of the net collected 24 digs throughout the match in the only equal stat of the night.

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

    1. 12-2-22 (.455)

    2. 12-3-21 (.429)

    3. 14-6-32 (.250)

    TOTAL: 38-11-75 (.360)

    Pepperdine LogoCONCORDIA, IRVINE ATTACK BY SET
    Set K-E-TA (Pct)

    1. 9-6-27 (.111)

    2. 10-5-24 (.208)

    3. 8-6-28 (.071)

    TOTAL: 27-17-79 (.127)

    Pepperdine LogoNOTABLES

  • David Wieczorek’s six aces tonight are a career-best and tie for fifth in the Pepperdine men's volleyball record books for most aces in a single match during the rally scoring era.
  • The win is the Waves’ sixth sweep of the season.
  • Pepperdine has gone 6-5 against ranked teams, including two top-five upsets earlier in the season with a sweep over #2 UCLA and a four-set 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 dominated Firestone from start to finish, beginning with a 6-1 run to open the first set. Three-consecutive kills from Alex Harthaller in the early moments, followed by kills from Max Chamberlain in the middle helped the cause. Back-to-back ‘Malibu Roofing Company’ efforts from David Wieczorek, Robert Mullahey and Chamberlain extended the Waves’ lead to 14-8, and another Chamberlain, Colby Harriman connection late in the set put the Waves ahead. Wieczorek’s first two aces and a final kill from Kaleb Denmark closed the first set down 25-15 for the early Pepperdine advantage.

    The home team opened the second set in similar fashion to the first, with a strong service output from Wieczorek and kills from Harthaller and Harriman for the 4-1 lead. Anoterh Harriman, Chamberlain, Wiecozrek block effort put the Waves ahead 16-8 throughout and a Harthaller service ace at the 22-15 mark put the Waves in a position to close. Wieczorek and Chamberlain closed the set out with a block to complete the 25-16 set win and put Pepperdine ahead 2-0 in the match.

    Although the Waves opened the third set with a healthy 8-4 lead fueled by another pair of Wieczorek aces, the Eagles came back to tie the score at 8-8. Wieczorek wasn’t done at the service line, however, as another pair of aces put the Waves up 14-12 and earned him a new career-high ace effort. Concordia posted seven tied scores throughout the final set, but Pepperdine held strong and big blocks down the stretch from Harthaller, Michael Wexter, Harriman and Mullahey gave Pepperdine a 24-21 lead late in the set. A final Eagles’ attack error resulted in the 25-23 set win and ended the match with a 3-0 sweeping Waves’ win.

    Pepperdine LogoNEXT UP
    The Waves host two more matches this week, with No. 13 Grand Canyon and No. 3 Hawai’i on Saturday and Sunday. 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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