Wieczorek, Harthaller Lead #7 Waves to Upset over #3 Hawai'i

Team (Photo by Martin A. Folb)
Team (Photo by Martin A. Folb)
March 18, 2018

Final Stats

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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.

Pepperdine LogoBIG WAVES

  • David Wieczorek (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy): 22 kills, .390 hitting %, 3 aces, 7 digs, 4 blocks, 20 service receptions with no errors
  • Alex Harthaller (Innsbruck, Austria/Akademischeg Gymnasium/IPFW): 14 kills, .367 hitting %, 1 ace, 11 digs, 4 aces, 23 service receptions with only one error
  • Colby Harriman (Rochester, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit HS): 12 kills, 1 ace, 4 blocks, 1 dig
  • Max Chamberlain (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs HS): 8 blocks, 5 kills, 3 assists, 2 aces
  • Robert Mullahey (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS): 49 assists, 2 aces, 5 digs
  • Michael Wexter (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West HS): 2 kills, 4 blocks (1 solo)
  • Spencer Wickens (Irondequoit, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit HS): 8 digs, 2 assists, 35 service receptions with no errors
  • Kaleb Denmark (Redlands, Calif./Arrowhead Christian Academy): 1 ace, 1 dig

    Pepperdine was huge in all facets of the match against Hawai'i, beginning on the offensive with 55 kills on a .325 success rate, along with 10 aces and 55 assists. The Rainbow Warriors countered with 54 kills on a .278 clip, while adding 51 assists and only one ace in the first set. The Waves then tallied 12.5 team blocks, along with 34 digs and 78 successful service receptions with only one error all game. The opposition put up 6.0 team blocks and 33 digs.

    Set K-E-TA (Pct)

    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)

    Pepperdine LogoHAWAI'I ATTACK BY SET
    Set K-E-TA (Pct)

    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)

    Pepperdine LogoNOTABLES

  • This win breaks a four-match Hawai'i winning streak over Pepperdine. The Waves last won 3-0 in Malibu in 2016. Pepperdine holds a 44-34 all-time record over UH, dating back to 1981.
  • In the Waves' 19 matches, David Wieczorek has led the team in kills on 13 occasions.
  • Pepperdine has gone 8-5 against ranked teams, including three top-five upsets this season with a sweep over #2 UCLA and four-set wins over #3 Hawai'i and #4 UC Irvine.
  • David Wieczorek leads the conference in points/set, aces/set and kills/set and is second in hitting percentage.
  • Robert Mullahey and Max Chamberlain rank in the top-five in two separate statistical categories, with Mullahey averaging 10.46 assists/set and Chamberlain posting 1.27 blocks/set this season.

    Pepperdine LogoPLAY-BY-PLAY
    The Waves came out pounding in the first set, amassing 14 kills and three aces while allowing 11 kills and only one ace to the opposition. After a 7-7 tie late in the set, the Waves went on an 8-2 run with a pair of aces from David Wieczorek, kills from Alex Harthaller and a block collaboration from Colby Harriman and Max Chamberlain.

    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.

    Pepperdine LogoNEXT UP
    The Waves are now off until March 29 when the team heads to Los Angeles to take on USC. 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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