MPSF Volleyball Results, Feb. 3

Dylan Missry, UCLA (Photo Courtesy UCLA)
Dylan Missry, UCLA (Photo Courtesy UCLA)
Feb. 3, 2018

Pepperdine 3, Princeton 0

Recap by Pepp

MALIBU, Calif. – Red-shirt junior David Wieczorek and junior Michael Wexter posted career-high .650 and .727 hitting percentages respectively to propel the No. 12 Pepperdine men’s volleyball team to a sweep over Princeton in Firestone Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon. The Waves (4-2) hit for a collective .365 success rate, while plastering eight aces down on the Tigers (1-7) for the 25-20, 25-15, 27-25 victory. · David Wieczorek (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy): 15 kills, .650 hitting %, 3 aces, 3 blocks, 2 digs, 17 service receptions · Alex Harthaller (Innsbruck, Austria/Akademischeg Gymnasium/IPFW): 5 kills, 1 ace · Michael Wexter (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West HS): 8 kills, .727 hitting %, 1 ace, 2 digs · Max Chamberlain (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs HS): 3 blocks, 1 ace · Colby Harriman (Rochester, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit HS): 6 kills, 2 aces · Robert Mullahey (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS): 35 assists, 6 digs, 1 block · Weston Barnes (Laguna Beach, Calif./Laguna Beach HS/George Mason): 7 digs, 16 service receptions · Noah Dyer (San Clemente, Calif./Saddleback Valley Christian HS): 5 kills, .500 hitting %

UCLA 3, UC Irvine 1

Recap by UCLA

The No. 2-ranked UCLA men's volleyball team used a season-high hitting percentage to defeat No. 4-ranked UC Irvine in four sets in a non-league match at Irvine on Saturday night. Scores of the contest were 25-21, 25-22, 18-25, 25-19. UCLA upped its record to 10-1 on the season and will host CSUN on Tuesday night in Pauley before beginning Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play on the road at Concordia and Grand Canyon later in the week. Christian Hessenauer led a balanced Bruin attack with 15 kills (.400). JT Hatch (.500) and Daenan Gyimah (.619) each added 14 kills. It was a season-high total for Gyimah. Dylan Missry totaled a season-best 13 kills (.391) and two aces. Micah Ma'a handed out 56 set assists and the Bruins connected on a season-high .455 hitting percentage for the match. Garland Peed led the team with nine digs. In set one, UC Irvine pulled out to leads of 2-5 and then built up a 7-10 advantage. UCLA chipped away and evened the score at 15-all on a kill by Hatch which came in the middle of a six-point Bruin run behind the serve of Missry. After a kill by Hessenauer, UCLA had flipped the score and moved in front 18-15. The Bruins maintained the lead until the end of the set and led 24-21 after Missry's sixth kill of the set. Set point came in the form of an Oliver Martin / Hessenauer block for a 25-21 win. The Bruins took a 3-1 lead at the start of set two after an ace from Missry. UCI fought back to tie the score at 5-all. The score was even at 10-all before the 'Eaters pulled away to leads of 13-16 and 16-19. The Bruins rallied to tie it up at 19 after kills by Hatch, Gyimah and then Missry. The score was even at 20 and 21 before UCLA grabbed a 22-21 edge on a Missry kill. Gyimah then fired off two straight aces to take it to set point. UCI fought off one point and then Martin delivered the win on a kill for a 25-22 victory. UCLA went down 1-4 in set three. The Bruins battled back to tie the score at 4-all. UC Irvine then moved in front on a service error and ran out to a 7-11 advantage. The home team managed to build up a 12-17 margin before UCLA drew back to within two at 17-19. The 'Eaters then scored on two straight kills for a 17-21 lead. Hessenauer blasted a kill for 18-21. However, after a Bruin service error, Irvine tallied three straight kills for the set at 18-25. UCLA established the early lead in set four at 5-2 following a pair of kills by Hatch. A Martin spike made it 9-6 for the Bruins. UC Irvine closed to 15-13 after an ace, but could get no closer than the two-point deficits at 16-14, 18-16 and finally at 19-17. An ace by Missry and a kill by Hessenauer lifted the Bruins to a 22-17 advantage. Gyimah's kill pushed the lead to 23-18. After a UCI service error took it to match point, Micah Ma'a and Martin teamed up on a block for the win at 25-19. The Bruins hit .727 for the set with no errors on 22 swings.

BYU 3, UCSB 0

Recap by BYU

PROVO, Utah – No. 6 BYU men's volleyball swept No. 16 UC Santa Barbara (25-23, 25-19, 25-20) in the second match of the series Saturday night at the Smith Fieldhouse. "I just felt like we were more engaged from the start," BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. "I was open last night in saying that I felt like we were waiting for things to happen, and tonight we went out and created things a little more - so I was happy with that. I thought we made better decisions overall." Gabi Garcia Fernandez and Brenden Sander led the team in kills with 18 and 10, respectively. Freshman Zach Hendrickson had a career-high 10 digs in the Cougars' victory and sophomore Andrew Lincoln earned a career-high hitting percentage with a .818 clip. Sander opened the first set of the match with a big kill to put the Cougars (6-4) on the board first. The Gauchos (4-4) answered right back with a kill of their own as the two teams began trading points back and forth. BYU gained momentum and widened the gap, going on a 4-0 run that forced UC Santa Barbara to call timeout, trailing 9-5. Following the break, the Gauchos robbed the momentum and scored four-straight points to tie the set up at 9-9. UC Santa Barbara eventually took the lead at 21-19 from a kill by Keenan Sanders, but Fernandez answered with a kill of his own to cut the lead to one. After falling behind 22-20, the Cougars delivered three-straight points to gain a 23-22 edge. The Gauchos tied it up again at 23-all after a timeout, but BYU answered with two kills to take the first set 25-23. BYU scored the first two points of the second set and maintained the lead for the remainder of the set. UC Santa Barbara kept the score within reach until a couple of kills from Sander gave the Cougars a 15-11 advantage. The Gauchos fought to regain ground in the set, but two more kills from Fernandez helped solidify BYU's lead at 22-17. Fernandez, who had seven kills in the set, finished off the set with a hard-hit kill from the far-right side of the court to give the Cougars the win at 25-19 and a 2-0 lead. In the final set of the night, UC Santa Barbara fought to avoid the sweep, keeping the set close. After a wild ball ricocheted off the ceiling, the Cougars maintained their composure to get a big team block from Sander and Price Jarman to go up 12-10. UC Santa Barbara then scored three-straight points to take its first lead since the second set. Fernandez helped tie the set back up after he saved a point with a diving dig and finished the play with a kill to make it 13-13. The score stayed tight, but Jarman delivered an ace for the Cougars to force a Gaucho timeout and go up 21-19. BYU did not look back from that ace and won the final set 25-20 to complete the three-set sweep. The Cougars will next travel to La Jolla, California, to take on UC San Diego Thursday, Feb. 8, at 6:00 p.m. PST. The game will be broadcast on UCSD Tritons TV and live stats are found on the team's online schedule.

Stanford 3, UC San Diego 1

Recap by Stanford

LA JOLLA, Calif. – Behind a career high 18 kills from sophomore Eric Beatty, Stanford halted a four-match losing skid with a 25-21, 20-25, 25-20, 25-21 win at UC San Diego, Saturday, at RIMAC Arena. Beatty hit .364 with 18 kills on 33 swings and six errors and had seven digs to pace the Cardinal (2-8) in its second win of the season. Freshman opposite Jaylen Jasper chipped in with 14 kills, four digs and two blocks. Stanford hit a season-best .339, while UC San Diego (7-3) posted a .279 clip. The Cardinal held a slight edge in blocks (3.0-1.0) and aces (5-4). Junior setter Russell Dervay had a career-high 45 assists and eight digs. Senior Jake Stuebner, who started his second straight match at libero, had four digs. Fifth-year senior Kevin Rakestraw registered 10 kills on .381 hitting, while freshman middle blocker Kyler Presho tallied seven kills and two blocks. Starting outside hitter Evan Enriques finished with four kills, eight digs and two solo blocks. Stanford limited itself to just four hitting errors in each of the four sets, posting a match-best .480 clip in the third set. The Tritons were led by opposite Tanner Syftestad, who recorded his 1,000th career kill on Saturday and finished with a team-high 17. Wyatt Harrison added 12 kills on .588 hitting for UCSD. Up next, Stanford opens MPSF play on Thursday at No. 13 USC in Los Angeles. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks.

Grand Canyon 3, McKendree 1

Recap by GCU

LEBANON, Ill. – After battling back to take a five-set victory at Lindenwood Friday night, the Lopes had to battle again against McKendree going on to win 3-1 (17-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-17). The No. 10 Lopes move to 10-2 on the season as McKendree falls to 3-5. Senior outside Cullen Mosher led all players with 15 kills and eight digs, while Luke Turner added 14 kills off the bench on a .481 attacking percentage. Mosher once again wreaked havoc at the service line, he ended with one ace, but on multiple occasions had his service pressure rewarded by a freeball for the Lopes in which they were able to score. Opposite Will Schwob ended with six kills and 10 digs, and libero Sky Engleman finished with 12 digs. "I was really pleased with our offense through the final three sets," head coach Matt Werle said after the match. "We started attacking high hands aggressively and it paid off. We won the serve and pass game and that allowed us to be successful on defense. Our defensive effort tonight was also much better than last night and we out-defended them by multiple digit digs." GCU out-dug the Bearcats 40 to 27.

Even with a better flow to the match, the Lopes couldn't get in an offensive groove in the first set, tallying just 12 kills before ultimately dropping the set. The home team knocked down 15 kills on a .406 attacking percentage. The set was close until the Bearcats took control at the 10-9 point when Mosher smashed an overpass to the floor but the Bearcats controlled the rest of the set on their way to a 25-17 set victory. In the second set, the Lopes took a two-point lead early and slowly added to the it. Jerod Alleman saw action in the second set and made an impact putting down the final kill of the set after Mosher's serve got the Bearcats disoriented, forcing a free ball that Alleman put away to take the set. Alleman made an instant difference getting in on two blocks, while adding seven kills.

The match was a back-and-forth affair, just like the night before, as well as the past three matchups between the Lopes and Bearcats, until the third set when GCU took control two sets to one. In the third set, the Lopes trailed 7-5 before back-to-back errors from the Bearcats, one via a block by the Lopes. Down, 8-7, the Lopes collected two straight points on a Mosher kill and a McKendree error. The set swayed back-and-forth until the Lopes took a four-point lead, 14-10. The Lopes lead stayed at four points until a McKendree timeout with the Lopes up 17-12. GCU won the point coming out of the timeout to take an 18-12 lead. The Lopes kept the gas pedal down and took the set 25-19 on a Turner kill. "The adjustments we made late in the third set carried over to the fourth set and set the tone early. We were able to build on that and be very productive" Werle said of his team's adaptability.

The Lopes didn't slow down in the fourth set and took the lead early which they would not relinquish. Up 8-5, an attacking error from McKendree forced the home side to take a timeout down 9-5. The Lopes pushed the lead to 13-7 before a Bearcats kill. A comeback was not to be had by the Lopes as the visitors did not allow the home side back into the set, finishing 25-19.

Setter, Zachary Melcher finished with 34 assists as he guided the Lopes to a .367 attacking percentage. The Lopes finished with seven blocks and three aces, and out-dug the home team 40 to 27.

"We need to be better next week when it comes to conference play at home," Werle added. GCU will be back at home Thursday night to begin a four match home stand that will feature three nationally ranked teams. The Thursday night match will start at 6 p.m. in Antelope Gym against Pepperdine with the Saturday match at 6 p.m. in Antelope against No. 2 UCLA.

Loyola-Chicago 3, USC 1

Recap by USC

LOS ANGELES—The No. 7-ranked Loyola-Chicago men’s volleyball team came back to defeat No. 13 USC, 20-25, 25-21, 25-14, 31-29, in a non-conference match on Saturday (Feb. 3) in Chicago.

It was the Trojans’ (3-7) seventh straight loss after starting the 2018 season with 3 victories and it also was USC’s first-ever loss to Loyola-Chicago in 5 meetings. The Ramblers improved to 7-2 overall.

Jack Wyett led USC with a match-best 16 kills and he had 8 digs, while Sam Lewis added 10 kills while hitting .333, Ryan Moss had 9 kills and 6 digs and Cole Paxson had 13 digs.

For Loyola-Chicago, Collin Mahan had 13 kills, 7 digs and 4 aces, Will Tischler added 12 kills (hitting . 318) and 8 digs, Rick Gevis had 10 kills and 7 digs, Paul Narup had 10 kills (hitting .529), Jeff Jendryk had 7 kills and 4 blocks and Garrett Zolg had 9 digs.

Loyola-Chicago outhit USC, .286 to .250, and the Ramblers served 10 aces to Troy’s 2.

USC broke out to an 8-3 lead in the first set, but Loyola-Chicago tied it at 12-12 and then the set remained tight until the Trojans scored the final 5 points. Troy was up 14-11 in the second set before the Ramblers scored 5 consecutive points to go up, but USC tied it at 17-17 only to see Loyola-Chicago tally 5 of the next 6 points to gain control of the set. Loyola-Chicago got off to a 4-1 start in the third set and steadily extended the lead to 20-9 en route to capturing the set. USC built an 18-14 lead in the fourth set before the Ramblers tied it at 21-21, but the Trojans went back up 24-22 only to have Loyola-Chicago scored 3 in a row, then Troy regained the lead 3 times before the Ramblers scored the last 2 points of the match while hitting .447.

USC now returns home from its current 3-week road trip to open up Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play against Stanford on Thursday (Feb. 8) at 7 p.m. PT in the Galen Center.