USC Stuns #5 Waves with 3-1 Upset in MPSF Quarterfinal

Team (Photo by Martin A. Folb)
Team (Photo by Martin A. Folb)
April 14, 2018

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MALIBU, Calif. -- The 5th-ranked Pepperdine men's volleyball team was stunned in the MPSF quarterfinal on Saturday night by USC as the Trojans upset the Waves 3-1 in Firestone Fieldhouse.

The Waves (15-8) and Trojans (8-19) each collected set wins early in the match as USC took the first 25-22 and Pepperdine won the second 25-19. After a tough 26-24 USC set three win, the Trojans used the momentum en route to a 25-18 final set win.

Pepperdine LogoBIG WAVES

  • David Wieczorek (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy): 20 kills, 7 digs, 1 ace, 1 block
  • Alex Harthaller (Innsbruck, Austria/Akademischeg Gymnasium/IPFW): 15 kills, .378 hitting %, 2 aces, 7 digs, 3 blocks
  • Colby Harriman (Rochester, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit HS): 9 kills, 3 digs, 2 blocks
  • Robert Mullahey (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS): 46 assists, 1 ace, 5 digs
  • Michael Wexter (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West HS): 5 kills, 2 aces, 3 blocks
  • Max Chamberlain (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs HS): 5 kills, 3 blocks
  • Noah Dyer (San Clemente, Calif./Saddleback Valley Christian HS): 7 digs
  • Spencer Wickens (Irondequoit, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit HS): 5 digs

    Pepperdine LogoWAVES VS. TROJANS
    The Waves led both sides of the net with six aces compared to the opposition's five, but USC led in all other areas. The Trojans picked up 57 kills on a .387 success rate, along with six digs, 52 assists and 8.0 team blocks. Pepperdine marked 55 smashes on a .267 effort, as well as 51 assists, 35 digs and 6.0 blocks throughout the match.

    Set K-E-TA (Pct)

    1. 10-8-40 (.050)

    2. 17-4-33 (.394)

    3. 15-2-30 (.433)

    4. 13-5-32 (.250)

    TOTAL: 55-19-135 (.267)

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

    1. 13-7-33 (.182)

    2. 11-3-26 (.308)

    3. 19-3-29 (.552)

    4. 14-123 (.565)

    TOTAL: 57-14-111 (.387)

    Pepperdine LogoNOTABLES

  • In the Waves' 23 matches, David Wieczorek has led the team in kills on 16 occasions.
  • Pepperdine has gone 8-6 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.
  • The Waves have posted a 12-0 record when leading in hitting percentage and 11-1 when leading in kills and/or blocks throughout the match.
  • 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 pulled ahead in the first set with a quick 3-1 advantage, but the opposition countered to even the score at 7's. Pepperdine picked up a 15-10 lead in the middle of the set, but strong attacks from across the net once again evened the score at 16-16. After USC collected their first advantage of the set, the Trojans worked for the 25-22 set win to pull ahead early.

    After a 5-5 tie to open the second set, Pepperdine opened the flood gates and started crushing away towards an 18-12 lead late in the action. A big 10 kills from David Wieczorek in the second set alone helped the cause en route to a set point opportunity. Wieczorek put the set away 25-19 with an ace that painted the back line to tie the match.

    USC's .552 hitting percentage throughout the third set helped the Trojans pull ahead late in the action. Each side worked towards a 24-24 tie, but a pair of kills from USC's Gianluca Grasso put the set away in the Trojan's favor 26-24.

    Facing a one-set deficit, the Waves came out tough in the fourth set, but it would prove to be futile as the Trojans pulled ahead. Fueled with the lead, USC took the 25-18 final set win to secure the 3-1 upset over the Waves.

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