Wieczorek Named MPSF Player of the Year; Five to All-MPSF
Wieczorek's top honor is the seventh time that a Wave has achieved the MPSF honor all-time.
MALIBU, Calif. – Redshirt-junior David Wieczorek of the Pepperdine men’s volleyball team highlighted the conference postseason accolades on Thursday afternoon, as the outside hitter garnered Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Year acclaim. Five Waves earned a total of seven MPSF awards this season.
In addition to Wieczorek’s top honor, he also earned an All-MPSF first team nod. Alex Harthaller and Max Chamberlain tabbed second team honors and Robert Mullahey and Michael Wexter received honorable mention awards. Mullahey also earned a spot on the MPSF All-Freshman Team.
This is the all-time record seventh MPSF Men’s Volleyball Player of the Year award for Pepperdine, and the first in nine years. The last Waves to earn the accolade were Paul Carroll (2009), Jon Winder (2007), Sean Rooney (2005), Brad Keenan (2002), George Roumain (1998, 98).
David Wieczorek (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) has been instrumental to the Waves’ success this year. He is one of just two outside hitters listed in the MPSF’s top-15 in both hitting percentage and kill average, posting a .358 hitting percentage while averaging an MPSF second-best 3.94 kills/set. He is also the only outside hitter ranked in the MPSF’s top-10 in hitting percentage. Wieczorek is on top of the conference and No. 3 nationally in aces/set (0.59), with a high of 26 aces after 12 MSPF matches. He leads the MPSF and is third in the nation in points/set (4.96), and is one of two outsides to be ranked amongst the top-15 in blocking. He has posted double-figure kills 17 times this season and 47 times in his career, while leading the Waves in kills this season on 15 separate occasions.
Wieczorek earned an MPSF-high four weekly awards this year, each as an offensive player of the week. Leading to his fourth honor, he tied the 2018 MPSF-high of six aces against Concordia (Mar. 15), record a team season-high 22 kills in a win over No. 3 Hawai’i (Mar. 18) and hit .400 for the week. In a four-set win at No. 4 UC Irvine, he put up 19 kills with a .350 clip, while serving three aces and recording a pair of block solos.
Harthaller MPSF Defensive Player of the Week honors on March 19. He put up one double-double this season, while marking double-figure kills in 15 separate matches. In MPSF action this season, the outside hitter put up 2.95 kills/set on a .262 output. He added 0.27 aces/set, 1.25 digs/set and 0.73 blocks/set to average 3.63 points/set. He totaled 130 kills, 12 aces and 32 blocks throughout 44 sets played.
Chamberlain was a solid performer from the middle throughout his 44 sets of MPSF action, marking 1.34 kills/set on a .414 clip, along with 0.25 aces/set, 0.39 dis/set and a team-high 1.23 blocks/set to amass 2.23 points/set. He totaled 59 kills, 11 aces, 17 digs and 54 total blocks throughout the season. He led the Waves in blocks in 13 matches this season, while leading the team in aces four times. Chamberlain posted a career-high 10-blocks at BYU on March 1.
Robert Mullahey (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS) and Michael Wexter (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West HS) picked up honorable mention status, while Mullahey also earned a spot on the MPSF All-Freshman squad.
Mullahey led the Waves in assists in every single match this season, as he served as the primary playmaker. He posted a career-high 51 assists against USC (Feb. 21), nine digs at BYU (Mar. 1), five blocks at UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 21) and two aces on three occasions with the last being against No. 3 Hawai’i (Mar. 18). This season in 44 sets of MPSF action, Mullahey marked 10.34 assists/set with 455 total assists and 1.5 digs/set with 66 total digs. He also added 20 blocks for a 0.45 blocks average.
Wexter stepped in to a new role this season, and performed highly in MPSF action, posting 1.41 kills/set on a .390 success rate, while adding 0.18 aces/set, 0.32 digs/set and 0.86 blocks/set for the Waves. He put up 38 total blocks and produced 62 kills, eight ace and 14 digs. He led the Waves in blocks in seven matches. The middle blocker posted a career-best .727 hitting percentage with eight kills and no errors on 11 swings against Princeton (Feb. 3) and a career-hig six blocks on five occasions this season with the last being against Stanford (Apr. 7).
The Waves posted a 15-7 overall record and an 8-4 record in MPSF action throughout the regular season.
Pepperdine begins postseason in the MPSF quarterfinal which will take place on April 14 in Firestone Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. against 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.