MPSF Volleyball Results, Feb. 10

David Wieczorek, Pepperdine (Photo by Martin A. Folb)
David Wieczorek, Pepperdine (Photo by Martin A. Folb)
Feb. 10, 2018

UCLA 3, Grand Canyon 0

Recap by UCLA

The No. 2-ranked UCLA men's volleyball team used a season-high .494 hitting percentage to capture its sixth straight match and improved its records to 13-1, 2-0 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) league play with a straight set win at No. 10 Grand Canyon on Saturday evening. Scores of the match were 25-19, 25-18, 25-18.

The victory marked the fifth straight match in which the Bruins had registered at least a .400 hitting percentage. The 13-1 start to the season is the best by a Bruin team since the 2005 edition secured 15 wins in its first 16 matches. UCLA will return home to face No. 14 USC on Wednesday night in Pauley Pavilion at 7 p.m.

In set one, UCLA opened up a 5-1 lead. The Antelopes closed to 10-8, but the Bruins scored the next two points on a kill by Christian Hessenauer and a Micah Ma'a / Daenan Gyimah block. GCU came back again to within two, at 15-13, only to see Hessenauer answer and UCLA went on to up the margin to 20-15. A Hessenauer / Gyimah block made it 23-18. Two more kills by Gyimah ended the set at 25-19 for the Bruins. UCLA hit .517 and was led by Hessenauer's five kills.

In the second set, Grand Canyon took the early lead. The score was then tied at points three, six and seven. UCLA went up 9-7 on kills by Hessenauer and Oliver Martin. GCU came back to tie the score with two quick points. The Bruins responded with three straight on kills by Hessenauer and Missry sandwiched around a block by Missry / Martin. The Antelopes never moved closer than two the rest of the set with the Bruins earning the win on a block by Missry / Gyimah. UCLA hit .419 for the set and Hessenauer collected another five kills.

UCLA moved to a 7-3 lead to start set three. GCU closed to 10-8 and then a Hessenauer kill made it 11-8. The Antelopes rebounded to within two at 11-9 and then at 13-11. UCLA tallied the next two points on a Hessenauer kill and a Ma'a kill. The Bruins built the lead to 18-13 after a Gyimah block. Two points by GCU were answered by three straight from the Bruins on an Antelope error, a kill from Gyimah and an ace by Ma'a. Gyimah finished off the match with his career-best tying third of the contest in a 25-18 win. UCLA hit .571 for the set.

Gyimah had a big match for the Bruins with nine kills (.667), three aces and six blocks. Hessenauer led UCLA in kills for the fourth straight match with 14 while hitting .458. Hatch and Hessenauer topped UCLA with six digs each. Missry added nine kills and hit .471. Martin totaled five kills (.833) and three blocks. UCLA won the blocking battle 10.0 to 4.5. The Bruins held the Antelopes to a .179 hitting percentage which marked the seventh time this season the Bruins have limited the opponent to a percentage under .200.

Pepperdine 3, Concordia 1

Recap by Pepperdine

IRVINE, Calif. - The acclaimed `Malibu Roofing Company' led the No. 11 Pepperdine men's volleyball team to a four-set win over Concordia-Irvine at the CU Arena on Saturday afternoon, with Max Chamberlain leading the efforts with a career-high seven blocks.

The Waves (5-3, 1-1 MPSF) produced 18.0 team blocks against the Eagles' (4-5, 0-2 MPSF) 11.5 to earn the victory with 25-17, 25-23, 24-26 and 25-21 final set scores. David Wieczorek also helped the cause with his third-career double-double on top of 21 kills and 10 digs, while Noah Dyer posted 17 digs to rank second in the single-match record books for a four-set match.

BIG WAVES

· David Wieczorek (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy): 21 kills, .333 hitting %, 10 digs, 4 blocks

· Alex Harthaller (Innsbruck, Austria/Akademischeg Gymnasium/IPFW): 8 kills, 2 aces, 7 digs, 5 blocks (1 solo)

· Colby Harriman (Rochester, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit HS): 8 kills, .312 hitting %, 3 digs 1 ace

· Michael Wexter (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West HS): 8 kills, .438 hitting %, 1 ace, 6 blocks

· Max Chamberlain (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs HS): 7 blocks, 4 kills, 2 aces

· Robert Mullahey (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS): 45 assists, 6 digs, 3 blocks

· Noah Dyer (San Clemente, Calif./Saddleback Valley Christian HS): 17 digs, 3 assists

· Kaleb Denmark (Redlands, Calif./Arrowhead Christian Academy): 6 blocks, 4 digs

WAVES VS. EAGLES

Pepperdine outhit Concordia-Irvine with 52 kills on a .200 success rate as opposed to 43 kills on a .148 clip. The Waves put in 18.0 team blocks, while allowing 11.5 and amassed 52 digs and eight aces against the Eagles' 44 digs and two aces. Pepperdine added 51 assists, while the opposition was good for 41.

CSUN 3, Stanford 0

Recap by Stanford

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -- Stanford came up short in a 25-23, 25-23, 25-22 loss at No. 12 CSUN, Saturday, at the Matadome.

The Cardinal (2-10) was swept by the Matadors (7-4) for the second time this season. CSUN hit .256 as a team, while holding Stanford to a .188 clip. The Matadors held a 7-3 advantage in aces and six of their 15 blocks were solo.

Freshman opposite Jaylen Jasper led Stanford with 13 kills on .222 hitting, while sophomore outside hitter Eric Beatty finished with eight kills and three digs. Freshman middle blocker Kyler Presho had seven kills on a .308 attack percentage and two blocks.

Junior setter Russell Dervay finished with 29 assists and matched his career-high with three blocks. Senior libero Jake Stuebner collected four digs and an assist.

The Matadors held redshirt senior middle blocker Kevin Rakestraw to .143 hitting. He tallied six kills and three blocks in the loss. Senior outside hitter Evan Enriques registered a team-high eight digs.

Stanford out hit CSUN, .360 to .345, in the second set. Both teams managed to record just seven kills in the third.

CSUN senior Arvis Greene, who missed the first meeting between the two teams, led all players with 16 kills. Josiah Byers finished with eight blocks, including three solo, while Enriques' younger brother, Emmett, racked up a match-best 10 digs as the CSUN libero.

Stanford closes out its seven-match road swing next week at Concordia on Thursday and at Grand Canyon on Saturday.

BYU 3, USC 1

Recap by BYU

LOS ANGELES - The pin-hitting duo of Gabi Garcia Fernandez and Brenden Sander helped No. 7 BYU men's volleyball past No. 14 USC in four sets (25-23, 21-25, 25-23, 27-25) Saturday night at the Galen Center to begin Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play.

Sander led the Cougars with a career-high 23 kills on a .372 clip to go with a career-high five service aces (good for sixth-most in BYU rally-scoring era history). Fernandez contributed 18 kills on a .441 clip and six digs while Leo Durkin had a season-high 54 assists to go with eight digs. Also in the defensive effort, Erik Sikes collected a team-high nine digs and Price Jarman added four blocks.

Three kills from Fernandez helped BYU (8-4, 1-0 MPSF) take a 5-3 advantage over USC (4-8, 1-1 MPSF) early in the first set. The Trojans then began to pick things up offensively, going on a 7-1 run to pull ahead 11-7. A Sander kill brought the Cougars back within a point, down 16-15, before a Miki Jauhiainen, Storm Fa'agata-Tufuga and Fernandez block pushed BYU ahead 19-18. USC responded, however, by scoring the next three-straight points to take a 21-19 advantage. In turn, the Cougars rallied to eventually take the close set 25-23 after kills by Fa'agata-Tufuga and Fernandez.

BYU gave the Trojans six of their first eight points from service errors in the second set as the score was tied 8-8 early on. USC then went on a 6-1 run, which included three aces, to take a 13-9 lead and force the Cougars to take a timeout. The Trojans led by as many as five at 17-12 before a pair of kills from Sander helped BYU on a 4-0 rally to get within one, trailing 17-16. Another Sander kill made it 19-19, but USC responded with a 6-2 run to win the set 25-21.

Back-to-back blocks from Jarman put the Cougars up 4-3 to start the third set. The Trojans evened the set at 7-7, but BYU scored four-straight points to go up 11-7. USC got back within a point, down 13-12, but a kill and block from Andrew Lincoln helped push the Cougars back in front by four, 16-12. The Trojans then countered by scoring five of the next six points to tie the set at 17 apiece. The score remained tied at 20-20 and 23-23 before a USC service error and Sander kill gave BYU the set 25-23.

A Jarman ace put the Cougars in front 7-5 in the fourth set. BYU stayed ahead at 15-13 following a Sander kill. The Trojans eventually took a timeout trailing 17-14 after a Sander ace. Two more consecutive aces from Sander made it 20-14, but USC rallied to tie the set, 21-21, after a 7-1 run. The Cougars stayed focused, however, as BYU took the set and match in extra points, 27-25, after two final kills from Sander.

The Cougars stay on the road next, traveling to No. 10 Grand Canyon for the first time in program history Thursday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m. MST. A video stream and live stats will be available for the match.