March 30, 2017
*PEPPERDINE 3, UC San Diego 0 (27-25, 25-20, 25-15)
Recap by Pepperdine
MALIBU, Calif.: - The 8th-ranked Pepperdine men's volleyball team celebrated `Senior Night' with a sweep over UC San Diego in Firestone Fieldhouse this Thursday night, besting the Tritons with 27-25, 25-20 and 25-15 final set wins for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation victory.
The Waves (9-10, 7-9 MPSF) hit for a .340 success rate on 45 kills, while amassing two aces, 41 digs and 9.0 team blocks. The Tritons (7-16, 3-12 MPSF) amassed a .125 hitting percentage with 34 kills, three aces, 36 digs and 5.0 team blocks throughout the night.
The seven Waves' seniors were honored prior to the match, including Mitchell Penning, Kyle Suppes, Soren Dion-Kindem, James Gehrels, Chad McCalliseter, Max States and Joshua Stewart.
Redshirt-sophomore David Wieczorek (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) led the team with 17 kills on an impressive .556 clip, while also adding four blocks and two aces for the Waves.
Senior Soren Dion-Kindem (Agoura Hills, Calif./Agoura HS) had his fourth-career and second-seasonal double-double to celebrate senior night with 34 assists and 13 digs. He also picked up four blocks and two kills.
Senior Mitchell Penning (St. Louis, Mo./Westminster Christian HS) led the team with six blocks, including one solo rejection. He added five kills and .500 hitting output. Junior Weston Barnes (Laguna Beach, Calif./Laguna Beach HS) produced 10 digs and freshman Noah Dyer (San Clemente, Calif./Saddleback Valley Christian HS) was good for nine kills and seven digs.
Junior Clay Carr (Costa Mesa, Calif./Newport Harbor HS) finished the night with six kills on a .625 percentage, along with three blocks and sophomore Michael Wexter (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West) ended with five kills and six digs.
In the first set, the Waves pulled ahead to a 9-6 advantage early on with a strong service output from Penning and kills from Dyer and Carr, but the opposition eventually tied the set at 12's. After a few point-for-point exchanges, Pepperdine broke away from a 14-14 tie with smashes from Carr and a Wieczorek ace to gain a 22-17 lead late in the set. Despite a late comeback attempt from the Tritons, the Waves fought through a 25-25 tie score for a 27-25 victory on a kill from Wieczorek and an attack error from the other side of the net.
The Waves were much more comfortable in the second set. After exchanging points to the 8-8 mark, the Waves unleased the edge and blocked the way to an 18-13 advantage including collaborations from Dion-Kindem and Carr, Carr and Wieczorek and Wieczorek and Penning. Late in the set, Penning, tabbed another smash, along with back-to-back kills from Wieczorek to make it a 25-20 set score and put the Waves up 2-0.
Pepperdine absolutely crushed the opposition in the third set, breaking out to an 11-6 lead with a block from Penning and Dion-Kindem and kills from Penning, Dyer and Wexter. Wieczorek tabbed another service ace and two back-to-back blocks from Penning and Dion-Kindem and Penning and Wieczorek helped put the Waves ahead late. Penning delivered the final blow to win the set 25-15 and match in sweeping fashion to celebrate senior night.
Next, the Waves travel to UC San Diego and No. 5 UC Irvine on April 7 and 8 to close out the regular season. Follow Pepperdine @PeppVolleyball on Twitter and Facebook for immediate updates and head to PepperdineWaves.com for recaps, results and more.
*CAL BAPTIST 3, Ucsb 2 (16-25, 20-25, 25-19, 25-20, 27-25)
Note: Second-longest set 5 in MPSF history (BYU def. UCI, 28-26 on Feb. 15, 2008)
Recap by CBU
RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- California Baptist Universityextended its winning streak to four matches with a thrilling 3-2 win over No. 15-ranked UC Santa Barbara (16-25, 20-25, 25-19, 25-20, 27-25).
It was the second longest match in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation history, improving the Lancers to 7-18 overall and 2-13 in conference. The Gauchos drop to 10-13 on the year, 5-10 in the MPSF.
"I have to give creditto both teams," said head coach Derek Schmitt. "We knew we could compete with this team. I've never been a part of a game that went this long in the fifth set."
Several Lancers finished the match with double-digit kills:Kevin Vaz with 16, Luis Palos with 11 and Rohit Paul with 10. Enrique de Diego Garcia contributed six kills, while Jackson Burge and Caleb Miller finished with five each. Even liberoEmmet Enriquesgot in on the scoring action andfinished with one important kill in the fifth. He also added seven digs, while Cody Jackson finished with a team-high 15 digs.
At the net, Miller and Vaz finished with eight and seven blocks, respectively, helping the Lancers out-block the Gauchos 15-to-10.
"Nobody got down on themselves," said Enriques. "Everybody gave 100 percent. We had a lot of control and were able to set whoever we wanted."
After two dominant sets from UCSB, the Lancers began to find their groove late in the second chasing the comeback after being down by nine. Despite the second-set loss, 25-20, CBU exploded into a 4-0 run to force a Gaucho timeout to start the third.
Momentum remained high for the Lancers as UCSB errors added fuel to kills fromVaz,Miller andPalos to put CBU within one set, 2-1, heading into the fourth. Late in theset, UCSB came within one point of the lead, 15-14, but the Lancer offense ran away with the set to force a fifth set, hoping to complete the epic comeback.
The Lancers then had to comefrom behind once again, down 4-1 in the frame, to go intoextra points - the set was tied 15 times - beforePaul finally sealedthe deal with an ace.
CBU looks to carry its four-match winning streak momentum into Saturday's MPSF match againstNo. 6-ranked UCLA at 7 p.m.