Five Waves Earn MPSF All-Academic Honors
Alex Harthaller was named one of Pepperdine's five Valedictorians this year.
MALIBU, Calif. - Alex Harthaller, David Wieczorek, Colby Harriman, Noah Dyer and Kaleb Denmark, of the Pepperdine men's volleyball team, garnered Mountain Pacific Sports Federation All-Academic honors as announced by the league office.
The criteria includes a 3.00 or better cumulative grade point average, at least sophomore academic standing, one full academic year at the current institution completed, and have competed in 50 percent or more of the institution's competition.
This is redshirt-junior Wieczorek's (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) second honor, while seniors Harthaller (Innsbruck, Austria/Akademischeg Gymnasium/IPFW) and Harriman (Rochester, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit HS), junior Denmark (Redlands, Calif./Arrowhead Christian Academy) and sophomore Noah Dyer (San Clemente, Calif./Saddleback Valley Christian HS) all picked up their first career academic accolades.
Harthaller received his first honor this season, but made quite a splash on the academic front for the Waves after being named one of five of Pepperdine’s Valedictorians this year. He maintained a 4.0 after two seasons at Pepperdine while studying International Business. On the court, he earned AVCA All-American honorable mention status, an All-MPSF second team nod and picked up MPSF Defensive Player of the Week honors on March 19. He put up one double-double this season, while marking double-figure kills in 17 separate matches. This season, he marked 3.07 kills/set on a .269 success rate, while adding 0.36 aces/set, 1.41 digs/set and 0.67 blocks/set.
Wieczorek maintained a 3.64 grade point average while studying Sport Administration. For his efforts on the court, he was the seventh Pepperdine men’s volleyball to earn MPSF Player of the Year honors and also garnered AVCA All-American second team honors, as well as All-MPSF first team acclaim this season. He led the team with 4.00 kills/set on a .349 success rate, while adding a team-high 42 aces for 0.57 aces/set. The all-around athlete also marked 0.74 blocks/set and 1.22 digs/set for the Waves.
Harriman graduated with a degree in International Studies and an emphasis in Political Science while averaging a 3.116 GPA. On the court, he played in 84 sets for the Waves, averaging 2.73 kills/set, 0.31 aces/set, 0.93 digs/set and 0.67 blocks/set for 3.37 points/set throughout the season.
Denmark posted a 3.421 while studying Business Administration for the Waves. Primarily entering as a serving specialist for Pepperdine, he posted three aces with 74 total attempts for a .946 serving percentage while playing in 53 total sets this season.
Dyer has maintained a 3.629 after two seasons with the Waves, while studying Pre-Business Administration. Spending most of the season in the back row as a libero, he tallied 1.46 digs/set and 0.44 assists/set. He also posted 276 total service receptions with 17 errors for a .938 reception percentage after 59 sets played.
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