Pepperdine outside Wieczorek named 2018 MPSF Player of Year

Outside attacker David Wieczorek capped off the regular season becoming the first Pepperdine player in almost a decade to win the conference’s top individual honor.

The MPSF announced Thursday that Wieczorek was selected as the 2018 MPSF Player of the Year.

Wieczorek was second in the conference and in the nation’s top 10 with a 3.94 kills per game average, including having at least 15 kills in seven MPSF matches. In addition, the junior was eighth in the conference and had the best attack percentage among MPSF pin-hitters at .358.

Wieczorek also had a MPSF-best 0.59 aces per game average as he helped the Waves finish in third place and earn the No. 3 seed for the upcoming MPSF Tournament.

This is the first time a Wave won the MPSF Player of the Year since former All-American opposite Paul Carroll in 2009. Wieczorek becomes the sixth player in Pepperdine’s program history to earn the conference honor.

BYU opposite Gabi Garcia Fernandez earned the other top individual conference award winning the 2018 MPSF Freshman of the Year.

The MPSF regular season champions BYU had three players earn All-MPSF First-Team honors. UCLA led all teams with four first-team selections and had two more players make the All-MPSF Second-Team.

2018 All-MPSF First-Team

Setter: Leo Durkin, BYU
Setter: Micah Ma’a, UCLA
Opposite: Gabi Garcia Fernandez, BYU
Opposite: Christian Hessenauer, UCLA
Opposite: Jaylen Jasper, Stanford
Outside attacker: Jake Arnitz, UCLA
Outside attacker: Brenden Sander, BYU
Outside attacker: David Wieczorek, Pepperdine
Outside attacker: Jack Wyett, USC
Middle attacker: Daenan Gyimah, UCLA
Middle attacker: Price Jarman, BYU

2018 All-MPSF Second-Team

Setter: Chandler Gibb, Concordia-Irvine
Outside attacker: Raymond Barsemian, Concordia-Irvine
Outside attacker: Alex Harthaller, Pepperdine
Outside attacker: J.T. Hatch, UCLA
Outside attacker: Dylan Missry, UCLA
Middle attacker: Max Chamberlain, Pepperdine
Middle attacker: Ashton King, Grand Canyon
Middle attacker: Kevin Rakestraw, Stanford
Libero: Evan Enriques, Stanford
Libero: Jacob Weiser, Concordia-Irvine

2018 All-MPSF Honorable Mentions

Setter: Robert Mullahey, Pepperdine
Opposite: Ryan Moss, USC
Outside attacker: Gianluca Grasso, USC
Outside attacker: Cullen Mosher, Grand Canyon
Middle attacker: Felipe de Brito Ferreira, BYU
Middle attacker: Hunter Howell, Concordia-Irvine
Middle attacker: Oliver Martin, UCLA
Middle attacker: Kyler Presho, Stanford
Middle attacker: Michael Wexter, Pepperdine
Libero: Sky Engleman, Grand Canyon

2018 MPSF All-Freshman Team

Setter: Robert Mullahey, Pepperdine
Opposite: Gabi Garcia Fernandez, BYU
Opposite: Jaylen Jasper, Stanford
Middle attacker: Felipe de Brito Ferreira, BYU
Middle attacker: Sam Lewis, USC
Middle attacker Kyler Presho, Stanford
Libero: Cole Paxson, USC

Photo courtesy of Pepperdine athletics and Martin A. Folb