Wieczorek, Harthaller Lead #7 Waves to Upset over #3 Hawai'i
Wieczorek posted a season-high 22 kills and Harthaller marked his first-career double-double at Pepperdine with 14 kills and 11 digs.
MALIBU, Calif. -- David Wieczorek's season-high kill effort and Alex Harthaller`s first-career double-double helped propel the No. 7 Pepperdine men's volleyball team to a 3-1 upset over No. 3 Hawai'i in Firestone Fieldhouse on Sunday night.
The Waves (13-6) won the non-conference matchup against the Rainbow Warriors (13-6) after securing 27-25, 25-19, 22-25 and 25-20 set scores. Wieczorek marked a season-high 22 kills, while Harthaller posted his first double-double at Pepperdine with 14 kills and 11 digs.
|WAVES VS. RAINBOW WARRIORS|
|PEPPERDINE ATTACK BY SET|
1. 14-6-36 (.222)
2. 14-4-27 (.370)
3. 17-2-32 (.469)
4. 10-4-25 (.240)
TOTAL: 55-16-120 (.325)
|HAWAI'I ATTACK BY SET|
1. 11-7-30 (.133)
2. 11-5-27 (.222)
3. 19-3-33 (.485)
4. 13-7-25 (.240)
TOTAL: 54-22-115 (.278)
After establishing the 15-9 lead, Pepperdine continued with the momentum en route to a 22-13 lead courtesy of more blocks from Chamberlain and Wieczorek and kills from Harriman. The Rainbow Warriors posted a 7-0 run late in the action to come within one at 21-10, but the Waves stayed ahead. Despite evening the score at the 24-24 mark, Pepperdine still had the energy and kills from Harriman and Wieczorek resulted in the 27-25 first set win.
With the momentum on their side, the Waves came out equally as strong in the second set, working ahead to a 4-1 lead early. Hawai'i once again closed the gap to a 12-11 Waves' lead, but a strong service output from Wieczorek including a Wieczorek ace and pair of kills from the back row, Pepperdine held an 18-12 advantage. Intent on not letting the Rainbow Warriors back in the set, Harriman, Wieczorek and Harthaller all put on a heavy attack for the 25-19 set win and 2-0 lead.
Hawai'i refused to let the match go, however, and posted a .485 attack effort with 19 kills, compared to the Waves' own .469 hitting percentage on seven kills. The Rainbow Warriors eventually made the overall score 2-1 with a 25-22 third set win.
The fourth set looked to be in Hawai'i's court early on, as the opposition collected an 8-4 lead, but the Waves rallied to tie the set at 11's with back-to-back blocks from Harriman and Chamberlain in the mix. After a UH timeout, Robert Mullahey continued a strong service output including one ace to help the Waves to a 14-11 lead. Pepperdine continued to roll towards a 21-14 advantage late in the action, and with the energy on their side finished the match off with a 25-20 final set score courtesy of kills from Wieczorek and Harriman in the end.