#5 Pepperdine To Begin 2017 Season Hosting McKendree

  0 Carly DeMarque | December 26th, 2016 | College - Men's Indoor, MPSF, News

The Pepperdine men’s volleyball squad picks up the 5th place ranking to start off the 2017 campaign after ending last season at #7.

The Waves went 13-11 overall and 12-10 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The team went 7-5 at home and 6-6 on the road, picking up an 8-10 record on nationally ranked opponents. Pepperdine picked up a season highlighting match to then top-ranked BYU in four, while sweeping then #3 ranked Stanford towards the end of their season.

Pepperdine opens up their season with a match against McKendree, before hosting Canada’s McMaster on January 5 and 6. McMaster is currently ranked #3 in the Canadian CIS league.

MPSF league play will begin on January 20 with Pepperdine taking on #9 Stanford at home.

Top Returners

David Wieczorek, redshirt sophomore

  • Outside Hitter
  • 2016 season awards
    • All-MPSF second team, MPSF All-Freshman Team, MPSF All-Academic, Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Fan Choice National Player of the Year
  • Started in all 24 matches last season
  • Recorded 259 kills on a .344 hitting percentage

Colby Harriman

  • Outside Hitter
  • Posted 219 kills on the season
  • Recorded 0.69 blocks per set


Alex Harthaller, junior

  • Outside Hitter
  • Transfer from Indiana University
  • Led Indiana with 326 kills and 40 aces on the season
  • Finished in the top-10 for most kills and aces in the MIVA

Owen Yoshimoto, redshirt junior

  • Outside Hitter
  • Transfer from Santa Barbara CC/Moorpark College
  • While with Santa Barbara CC he recorded 2.26 kills per set

Noah Dyer, freshman

  • Outside Hitter, Opposite, Setter
  • Named All-Orange County First Team (two times), San Joaquin League Male Athlete of the Year

Robert Mullahey, freshman

  • Setter
  • Earned All-Bay League first Team, Daily Breeze First Team
  • Played on the Karch Kiraly Tournament of Champions All-Tournament Team

Sam Bradley, freshman

  • Middle Blocker
  • Finished his senior season with the most blocks in the state (Hawaii)
  • Helped his high school to three consecutive state titles

Kyle Suppes, senior

  • Middle Blocker
  • Has not seen any action on the court since 2013 season
  • Did not play in 2014 and 2015 and was not a member of the squad in 2016

Who they lost

Matt Tarantino, redshirt senior

  • 2016 season awards
    • AVCA All-America second team, All-MPSF First Team
  • Put down a team-best 349 kills on a .309 hitting percentage
  • Posted 0.81 blocks per set

Tommy Carmody, senior

  • 2016 season awards
    • AVCA All-America honorable mention, All-MPSF Second Team, Off The Block/Springbak, Inc. National Blocker of the Year
  • Ranked second in the nation with 1.45 blocks per set

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About Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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