Men's Volleyball Ends Season with MPSF Quarterfinal Loss
The Waves end the 2017 campaign with a 10-12 overall record.
HONOLULU, Hawai’i: – The 8th-ranked and 6th-seeded Pepperdine men’s volleyball team fell 3-0 to 4th-ranked and 3rd-seeded Hawai’i at the Stan Sheriff Center on Saturday night in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation quarterfinal match-up to end the 2017 campaign.
The Rainbow Warriors (26-4) collected 25-23, 25-20 and 25-15 set scores to beat the Waves. Pepperdine ends the season with a 10-12 overall record and an 8-10 record in MPSF action.
The Waves posted a .095 hitting percentage with 29 kills and 21 errors on 84 swings, while adding 28 assists, three aces and 2.0 team blocks. Hawai’i amassed a .344 attack output with 45 kills and 13 errors on 93 attempts, while adding six aces and 17.5 blocks.
Redshirt-sophomore David Wieczorek (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) led the team with nine kills, while possessing 10 digs and one ace. Freshman Noah Dyer (San Clemente, Calif./Saddleback Christian Academy) added eight smashes along with an ace and two digs.
Senior Soren Dion-Kindem (Agoura Hills, Calif./Agoura HS) led the squad with 24 assists and added eight digs, an ace and two kills on a .333 success rate. Fellow senior Mitchell Penning (St. Louis, Mo./Westminster Christian HS) also produced five kills on a team-high .714 clip.
Junior Weston Barnes (Laguna Beach, Calif./Laguna Beach HS) finished the match with six digs and 22 successful service receptions for the Waves.
Each side came out strong in set one, with the Waves posting a .308 success rate compared to the opposition’s .385 output. The Rainbow Warriors held a one- to two-point lead throughout after a 6-6 tie score. Big attacks from Penning and Wieczorek helped keep the Waves close and late in the set, Pepperdine looked at a 22-23 score. UH gained the first advantage, but a kill by Dyer helped the cause. The opposition rejected the Waves at the net in the next possession, however, and finished off the first set with a 25-23 win to pull ahead 1-0 on the day.
The Rainbow Warriors put in some big work early in the second set to pull ahead, amassing a 20-11 advantage. The Waves were resilient, though, and came back within four-points at the 20-24 mark before the opposition finished the set 25-20 to pull ahead 2-0 on the day.
In the key third match, the Waves posted a strong effort in an attempt to rally. After working point-for-point en route to a 10-10 tie, however, Hawai’i continued to collect kills towards a 20-13 advantage late in the set. The Waves pieced together a few more points, but the Rainbow Warriors finished the set 25-15 to win the MPSF quarterfinal match-up in straight sets.
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