MPSF Volleyball Results and Tournament Pairings

Photo courtesy Concordia
Photo courtesy Concordia
April 7, 2018

MPSF Quarterfinals (Saturday, April 14; 7 pm PT)

MPSF Volleyball Results and Tournament Pairings-PDF

No. 7 seed Stanford at No. 2 seed UCLA

No. 6 seed USC at No. 3 seed Pepperdine

No. 5 seed Grand Canyon at No. 4 seed Concordia

Saturday, April 7:

at UCLA 3, BYU 0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-22)

Recap by UCLA

The No. 5 UCLA men's volleyball team said goodbye to its senior class - Oliver Martin, Eric Matheis, JT Hatch, Jake Arnitz, Christian Hessenauer --- by sweeping No. 2 BYU in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match played on Saturday night in Pauley Pavilion before a crowd of over 5,600 fans. Scores of the contest were 25-21, 25-23, 25-22. UCLA, which will host the NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship in May, improved its home court record to 16-1 this season with the victory.

With the win, the Bruins clinched the No. 2 seed into the MPSF Tournament and will host a quarterfinal match against No. 7 seed Stanford at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 14. The MPSF semifinals and championship match, which will determine the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, will be played at No. 1 seed BYU on April 19 and 21.

The Bruins used a 3-0 run to grab hold of the early momentum and move into a 6-3 lead in set one. UCLA built the lead up to 11-6 after a block by Micah Ma'a / Martin. An ace by Ma'a made it 15-8 and another by Hessenauer put the margin at 19-12. BYU closed to 20-16 after an ace. A kill by Hessenauer made it 23-19. A Daenan Gyimah smash pushed it to 24-20 and the set ended on a Hessenauer / Gyimah block for a 25-21 win. UCLA hit .364 for the set and Gyimah totaled 5 kills and three blocks.

BYU established a 4-7 edge to begin set two and expanded the gap to 7-11. The Bruins battled back to even the score at 12-all on an ace by Dylan Missry and took the lead at 13-12 following a Missry kill. The score was then tied at points 13 through 17 before a BYU service error and an Arnitz kill made it 20-18. The hits by Arnitz came on coming and his kills gave UCLA leads of 22-19, 23-20 and the winner at 25-23. The Bruin senior tallied seven kills in the set.

UCLA stormed out to a 6-1 lead to begin set three. BYU came back to cut the deficit to 10-8. Swings by Missry and then Ma'a lifted the lead to 12-8. A couple of Arnitz kills put the Bruins up 17-13 and 19-15. The Cougars made one final stand and cut the deficit to two at 20-18. However after a timeout, the Bruins responded with two quick points. BYU closed to 23-21, but a kill by Arnitz made it 24-21. The match ended on a Cougar service error at 25-22.

Arnitz (.500) and Gyimah (.625) led the way for UCLA with 12 kills each. Ma'a, who had a couple of aces, handed out 33 set assists, added five block assists and came up with five digs. UCLA outhit the Cougars .400 to .247 and won the blocking battle 9.5 to 6.5. It was 12th time this season UCLA had hit for at least .400 in a match, all wins. The Bruins had five aces to three for the Cougars.

at Pepperdine 3, Stanford 0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-21)

Recap by Pepperdine

MALIBU, Calif. -- Senior night was a special occasion in Firestone Fieldhouse on Saturday night, as the No. 4 Pepperdine men's volleyball team swept past Stanford with 25-21, 25-17 and 25-21 set scores in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match presented by Farmers Insurance -- Rene Williams.

The Waves (15-7, 8-4 MPSF) led the match in all areas over the Cardinal (6-19, 3-9 MPSF), including a commanding .500 success rate on the attack front compared to the oppositions .269 output.

BIG WAVES

• David Wieczorek (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy): 15 kills, .629 hitting%, 3 aces, 4 digs, 2 blocks, 20 service receptions (1.000%)

• Colby Harriman (Rochester, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit HS): 13 kills, .600%, 1 ace, 7 blocks

• Alex Harthaller (Innsbruck, Austria/Akademischeg Gymnasium/IPFW): 9 kills, 2 digs, 2 blocks, 24 service receptions (1.000%)

• Robert Mullahey (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS): 35 assists, 4 digs, 1 kill

• Michael Wexter (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West HS): 6 kills, .556 hitting%, 6 blocks, 2 digs

• Max Chamberlain (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs HS): 4 kills, .667 hitting %, 3 blocks

WAVES VS. CARDINAL

Pepperdine commanded the net both offensively and defensively, demanding 48 kills on a .500 clip and 10.0 team blocks throughout three sets of action while the opposition posted only 34 kills and 4.0 team blocks. The Cardinal led the floor in digs with 24 to the Waves' 16, but Pepperdine out-served Stanford with four aces to two.

at Concordia 3, USC 1 (25-22, 19-25, 30-28, 25-14)

Recap by CUI

Concordia concluded its regular season schedule by taking down the USC Trojans Saturday night in Irvine, Calif. The finale finished in four sets and put the Eagles at 15-14 on the year and 5-7 in the MPSF. With the conference tournament quickly approaching, CUI aimed to clinch the No. 4 spot and make it a sweep over the Trojans this year. Concordia achieved both tasks. The Eagles defeated USC twice this year in four sets and will host the opening round of the MPSF tournament against No. 5 Grand Canyon University April 14th.

The Eagles snagged set one in front of a packed crowd to start the night off. Despite hitting .194 in the game, Concordia utilized three aces to add to their point total. Tied at eight, Concordia embarked on an 8-2 scoring run with kills from Jonathan Predney, Hunter Howell and Darcy Taig to gain control of the set. The Trojans strung together a few points, but setter Chandler Gibb attacked on the second contact for the three-point lead. The Eagles closed it out on two Raymond Barsemian kills and two Trojan mistakes.

Concordia's attacking dropped in set two, while their opponents rocketed to .375 with only four errors. With the score set a three apiece, USC pushed an 11-5 run. Following an Eagle time out, Predney and Taig found success but a series of serving errors prevented the Eagles from gaining ground. Trailing 20-13, Taylor Falduti posted two kills, but it wasn't enough to catch up and the Trojans took set two 25-19.

In set three, the Eagle offense exploded. Concordia hit .429, scoring 21 of their 30 points on kills. The first two came from Falduti, followed by Taig, Barsemian and Howell. Taig, Howell and Predney each posted at least three kills in the set, but Barsemian was unstoppable. The outside hitter tallied nine kills and an ace during the game that the Eagles one in overtime, 30-28.

CUI contained the Trojans to a -.125 attack to claim the victory in four sets. Barsemian and Predney stayed hot on the pins, combining for three kills to jump to an 8-6 advantage. After a few USC errors, they called a timeout and bounced back with two points. But from this point on, Concordia commanded the court with the help of multiple USC hitting errors. With a 24-14 lead, Gibb dished a set to Predney who powered it past the Trojan defense for the four set win.

Eagle Eye: Barsemian posted a match high 17 kills, with four digs and two aces. Howell and Falduti each hit over .400 and added seven kills each. Predney posted 12 kills, three blocks, a trio of digs and two aces. Gibb, the new record holder for all-time career assists, added to his total with 41 assists. Libero Jacob Weiser led both teams with 13 digs.

What's Next: Concordia split with Grand Canyon during conference play, winning in three at home and losing in four sets on the road. The Lopes finished regular season play 18-10 overall and 4-8 in the MPSF. April 14th at 7 p.m., the Eagles will host GCU in the CU Arena.