MPSF Volleyball Results, Apr. 7

David Wieczorek, Pepperdine (Photo by Martin A. Folb)
April 7, 2017

*Byu 3, UCSB 0 (25-22, 25-14, 25-21)

Recap by BYU

GOLETA, Calif. -- Junior Ben Patch helped No. 3 BYU men's volleyball beat UC Santa Barbara in three sets (25-22, 25-14, 25-21) Friday night at the Thunderdome to cap off regular-season play. "It was another great night from the service line and from our defense," BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. "I'm extremely proud of the team and the work that they've put into this conference regular season. Each one of these guys has given their all to the team success." Patch led the Cougars with 14 kills to go with nine digs, just shy of a double-double. Price Jarman contributed four blocks and Erik Sikes had a career-high tying 15 digs. Leo Durkin collected 36 assists and Jake Langlois had nine kills and four aces in the win. A pair of blocks from Langlois and Jarman helped BYU (23-3, 16-2 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) stay even with UC Santa Barbara (10-16, 5-13 MPSF) at 6-6 to start the first set. A Patch kill gave the Cougars a 13-11 edge, and a Langlois service ace maintained the advantage at 19-16. BYU collected set point at 24-20 after a Gaucho service error before picking up the 25-22 win from a Patch kill. A kill and ace from Patch helped the Cougars to a 5-1 lead early in the second set. UC Santa Barbara rallied to get back within a point, down 8-7, but BYU countered with a 5-1 run to go back up 13-8, forcing a Gaucho timeout. Another Patch kill made it 19-11 before a Langlois ace easily ended the set for the Cougars 25-14. A pair of Jarman kills gave BYU a 6-5 edge in the third set. A Langlois kill then capped off a 5-1 Cougar run to give them a 16-11 lead, and a kill from Brenden Sander kept BYU up 22-18. Another kill from Langlois ended the set 25-21, completing the sweep. The Cougars will begin play in the MPSF Tournament as either the No. 1 or No. 2 seed, depending on the outcome of Saturday's Long Beach State/CSUN match. BYU will host at least the quarterfinal round beginning Saturday, April 15, at 7 p.m. MDT. The opponent is still to be determined.​

*Hawaii 3, UCLA 1 (26-28, 25-23, 25-21, 25-18)

Recap by UH

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The University of Hawai'i men's volleyball team clinched homecourt in next week's Mountain Pacific Sports Federation quarterfinal round by virtue of a four-set win over No. 6 UCLA Friday at the Wooden Center. Set scores were 26-28, 25-23, 25-21, 25-18.

The win guarantees the Rainbow Warriors (23-4, 13-4 MPSF) the No. 3 seed in next week's tournament. UH will host a quarterfinal match (Saturday, April 15) for the second time in three seasons and third time under head coach Charlie Wade.

The teams play again Saturday at 7:00 p.m. PT to close out the regular season.

Senior outside hitter Kupono Fey led the Warriors with 13 kills, hitting .250, along with four digs and three blocks. The Honolulu native tallied seven kills in seven attempts during UH's pivotal third set win. Freshman Rado Parapunov sparked the Warriors off the bench in place of Stijn van Tilburg and finished with nine kills, four digs, and two blocks.

At least six different Warriors posted six kills or more including middle blocker Hendrik Mol who had seven kills without an error in 11 attempts (.636) along with four blocks. Freshman middle Patrick Gasman added six kills (.500) and a team-high five stuffs.

Jake Arnitz had a match-high 20 kills (.395) for the Bruins (17-8, 10-7), who saw their seven-match win streak come to an end.

UH hit .304 as a team compared to .244 for UCLA. The Warriors also recorded five aces, two each by Mol and Brett Rosenmeier, and 10 team blocks.

UCLA led 8-5 early in Set 1 but the Warriors quickly responded with six straight for their own three-point lead. UH extended its lead to 20-16 after a pair of Fey-Mol double blocks. The Bruins rallied back and erased two set points to tie it at 24. UCLA erased another set point and scored four of the final five points to steal the set 28-26, stuffing van Tilburg for the set winner.

The teams battled back and forth in Set 2. Parapunov ignited a three-point spurt for a 17-14 lead. The Bruins tied it up and the teams seesawed until Rosenmeier was ruled in the net, putting UCLA on top 23-22. The Warriors then scored the final three points including Gasman's solo roof to end it. Parapunov finished with six kills and UH totaled four blocks in the 25-23 win.

Parapunov's serving helped put UH on top 7-4 in Set 3. The Warriors extended their lead to lead to 17-12 after a 5-2 spurt. Fey was unstoppable in the set with seven kills as UH built a 22-16 lead. The Bruins erased two set points and looked to extend the set but UCLA setter Micah Ma'a was ruled in the net on his overpass kill attempt giving Hawai'i the 25-21 win.

UH fell behind 6-3 to start Set 4 but stormed back to take an 18-13 lead after scoring seven unanswered with Rosenmeier at the service line. The Warriors scored seven of the final 10 points to take the match.

*UC IRVINE 3, Stanford 1 (32-30, 25-18, 25-27, 25-22)

Recap by UCI

IRVINE, Calif. - No. 5 UC Irvine beat No. 9 Stanford, 3-1 (32-30, 25-18, 25-27, 25-22) at the Bren Events Center Friday night, clinching an MPSF quarterfinal home match. The win combined with a UCLA loss clinches a home match for the MPSF quarterfinals next Saturday (Apr. 15). UCI will be the No. 4 seed and host No. 5 seed UCLA at 7:00 p.m. The Anteaters improve to 18-6 overall and 12-5 in the MPSF and extend their winning streak to seven in a row. Stanford goes to 12-12 on the year and 7-10 in league action. UCI out-hit Stanford .303 to .164 and had a season-high 16 blocks to the Cardinal 8. Aces were even at 7 apiece, while the Anteaters held a slight 35-33 edge in digs. Junior Aaron Koubi led UCI with his third career double-double, posting 15 kills and 11 digs. Senior Tamir Hershko followed with 14 kills and six total blocks. Freshman Scott Stadick had a career-high nine block assists and 12 total blocks to go with seven kills. Setter Michael Saeta recorded six kills, 51 set assists, three aces and seven digs, while senior Thomas Hodges added nine kills. Middle blocker Matthew Younggren had four blocks and hit .714 with five kills on seven swings and no errors. Libero Dillon Hoffman added nine digs and opposite Karl Apfelbach had five kills and two blocks. Stanford's Gabriel Vega had a match-high 20 kills. Eric Beatty totaled eight kills and Kevin Rakestraw tallied seven kills and a team-high five total blocks. UCI created some separation in the first set with Aaron Koubi at the service line, winning four straight to move to 11-7. The Cardinal would claw back in to the set to tie it at 16-16 then move in front 18-16 with the help of three UCI attack errors. The Anteaters rallied to lead 23-20 only to watch Stanford tie it again at 23-23. A kill by Michael Saeta off the reception was followed by a Tamir Hershko kill to give UCI the 32-30 victory. An ace and kill by Thomas Hodges pushed UCI out to an 8-6 lead in the second set. Three Stanford errors and a kill by Scott Stadick helped expand the lead to 13-8 and another four in a row, the last an ace by Saeta, moved the margin to 17-9. The Anteaters would win the set 25-18 on a block by Stadick and Hershko. Stanford jumped out to a 6-0 lead, but UCI rallied on a 5-1 run to keep it close 7-5. Back-to-back blocks edged UCI to 9-10 then ace by Karl Apfelbach knotted the set at 10-10. The teams would battle back and forth until Stanford scored the last three on a kill by Kevin Rakestraw, an Anteater attack error and an ace by Eric Beatty, 27-25. In the fourth set, UCI went on a 7-0 run, using two Hershko kills, two stadick blocks and Saeta at the service line to open an 18-12 advantage. Leading 23-17, Stanford four unanswered to creep within 23-21, but a kill by Saeta stopped the momentum. Following a Cardinal kill, Saeta pounded the match-winner to give UCI the 25-22 set win and 3-1 match. UCI recognized the 2007 NCAA Championship team during the match with several members and their families in attendance. The Anteaters continue the celebrations tomorrow when UCI's five seniors will be recognized following the match against Pepperdine. The match starts at 7:00 p.m. in the Bren Center.

*Pepperdine 3, UC SAN DIEGO 1 (21-25, 25-14, 25-21, 25-20)

Recap by Pepperdine

MALIBU, Calif.: - The 8th-ranked Pepperdine men's volleyball team defeated UC San Diego in four sets at the RIMAC Arena on Friday night, posting 21-25, 25-14, 25-12 and 25-20 final set scores en route to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation win.

\The Waves (10-10, 8-9 MPSF) tabbed a .394 hitting percentage with 57 kills and only 14 errors on 109 swings, compared to UC San Diego's (7-18, 3-13 MPSF) .312 success rate after 51 kills and 17 errors on 109 attempts. Pepperdine amassed 6.0 team blocks, along with two aces and 34 digs, while the opposition was good for 5.5 team blocks, three aces and 28 digs on the night.

Redshirt-sophomore David Wieczorek (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) led Pepperdine with a career-high 28 kills on another career-best .591 hitting output. He also led the team with two aces and added four digs and a block assist. His career-best effort previously stood at 26 kills on a .581 attack output, which occurred against Lewis and McKendree respectively in January.

Senior Soren Dion-Kindem (Agoura Hills, Calif./Agoura HS) led the Waves with 44 assists and added six digs and two kills on a .667 success rate. Senior Mitchell Penning (St. Louis, Mo./Westminster Christian HS) was good for eight kills on a .500 attack output, along with a team-high four blocks including one solo rejection.

Sophomore Michael Wexter (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West) posted a team-best eight digs, while producing eight kills and two block assists. Freshman Noah Dyer (San Clemente, Calif./Saddleback Christian Academy) added five kills, six digs, three block assists and two assists in an all-around effort, and junior Weston Barnes (Laguna Beach, Calif./Laguna Beach HS) tallied five digs and four assists. Junior Clay Carr (Costa Mesa, Calif./Newport Harbor HS) also tabbed five kills on a .667 output.

UC San Diego came out of the starting gate strong in the first set, posting a 14-8 lead to begin the match. The Waves eventually closed the gap within one-point on kills from Dyer, Carr and an ace by Wieczorek, but the Tritons continued to capitalize on opportunities en route to a 25-21 set win to pull ahead early.

After the shock to their senses, Pepperdine rallied back in the second set and commanded an early 10-5 lead fueled by smashes from Penning and Wexter and Wieczorek's second ace of the night. The Waves continued to pound down on UCSD and three kills delivered by Wieczorek and a timely attack by Dion-Kindem propelled the Waves to a 20-12 advantage late in the set. A strong service output by senior Max States (Honolulu, Hawai'i/Solimar Academy) put the opposition off-kilter and back-to-back smashes from States in the back row and Penning from the middle, followed by a Wexter, Penning, Dyer block collaboration enhanced the Waves' lead en route to an eventual 25-14 second set win.

With the match tied 1-1, Pepperdine continued to excel in the third set, working ahead to an 11-8 lead with the help of three Wexter smashes and a Wieczorek, Carr, Wexter block effort. The Waves continued to roll and fought through a late comeback effort by the opposition to win the third set 25-21 after kills from Dion-Kindem and Wieczorek.

In the fourth and final set, Pepperdine had the advantage from the beginning after Wieczorek found the floor on three separate occasions. The Malibu Roofing Company employed Penning and Dyer for a collaboration to put the Waves up 10-6, followed by a Penning solo job to keep lengthening the gap. Pepperdine littered smashes throughout the remainder of the set and in the final moments, Wieczorek posted his career-best 27th and 28th kills to win the final set 25-20 and the match 3-1.

Tomorrow, the Waves close out the regular season with a 7 p.m. match-up against No. 5 UC Irvine at the Bren Events Center. Follow Pepperdine @PeppVolleyball on Twitter and Facebook for immediate updates and head to PepperdineWaves.com for recaps, results and more.