Wieczorek's Career-High 28-Kills Propels Waves to 3-1 Win at UCSD
David Wieczorek led the team with a career-high 28 kills on a career-best .591 attack ouput.
MALIBU, Calif.: – The 8th-ranked Pepperdine men’s volleyball team defeated UC San Diego in four sets at the RIMAC Arena on Friday night, posting 21-25, 25-14, 25-12 and 25-20 final set scores en route to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation win.
\The Waves (10-10, 8-9 MPSF) tabbed a .394 hitting percentage with 57 kills and only 14 errors on 109 swings, compared to UC San Diego’s (7-18, 3-13 MPSF) .312 success rate after 51 kills and 17 errors on 109 attempts. Pepperdine amassed 6.0 team blocks, along with two aces and 34 digs, while the opposition was good for 5.5 team blocks, three aces and 28 digs on the night.
Redshirt-sophomore David Wieczorek (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) led Pepperdine with a career-high 28 kills on another career-best .591 hitting output. He also led the team with two aces and added four digs and a block assist. His career-best effort previously stood at 26 kills on a .581 attack output, which occurred against Lewis and McKendree respectively in January.
Senior Soren Dion-Kindem (Agoura Hills, Calif./Agoura HS) led the Waves with 44 assists and added six digs and two kills on a .667 success rate. Senior Mitchell Penning (St. Louis, Mo./Westminster Christian HS) was good for eight kills on a .500 attack output, along with a team-high four blocks including one solo rejection.
Sophomore Michael Wexter (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West) posted a team-best eight digs, while producing eight kills and two block assists. Freshman Noah Dyer (San Clemente, Calif./Saddleback Christian Academy) added five kills, six digs, three block assists and two assists in an all-around effort, and junior Weston Barnes (Laguna Beach, Calif./Laguna Beach HS) tallied five digs and four assists. Junior Clay Carr (Costa Mesa, Calif./Newport Harbor HS) also tabbed five kills on a .667 output.
UC San Diego came out of the starting gate strong in the first set, posting a 14-8 lead to begin the match. The Waves eventually closed the gap within one-point on kills from Dyer, Carr and an ace by Wieczorek, but the Tritons continued to capitalize on opportunities en route to a 25-21 set win to pull ahead early.
After the shock to their senses, Pepperdine rallied back in the second set and commanded an early 10-5 lead fueled by smashes from Penning and Wexter and Wieczorek’s second ace of the night. The Waves continued to pound down on UCSD and three kills delivered by Wieczorek and a timely attack by Dion-Kindem propelled the Waves to a 20-12 advantage late in the set. A strong service output by senior Max States (Honolulu, Hawai’i/Solimar Academy) put the opposition off-kilter and back-to-back smashes from States in the back row and Penning from the middle, followed by a Wexter, Penning, Dyer block collaboration enhanced the Waves’ lead en route to an eventual 25-14 second set win.
With the match tied 1-1, Pepperdine continued to excel in the third set, working ahead to an 11-8 lead with the help of three Wexter smashes and a Wieczorek, Carr, Wexter block effort. The Waves continued to roll and fought through a late comeback effort by the opposition to win the third set 25-21 after kills from Dion-Kindem and Wieczorek.
In the fourth and final set, Pepperdine had the advantage from the beginning after Wieczorek found the floor on three separate occasions. The Malibu Roofing Company employed Penning and Dyer for a collaboration to put the Waves up 10-6, followed by a Penning solo job to keep lengthening the gap. Pepperdine littered smashes throughout the remainder of the set and in the final moments, Wieczorek posted his career-best 27th and 28th kills to win the final set 25-20 and the match 3-1.
Tomorrow, the Waves close out the regular season with a 7 p.m. match-up against No. 5 UC Irvine at the Bren Events Center. Follow Pepperdine @PeppVolleyball on Twitter and Facebook for immediate updates and head to PepperdineWaves.com for recaps, results and more.