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Karina Amos | Posted: 19 Mar 2021 | Updated: 26 Mar 2021
Karina Amos

Men's volleyball defeats Pepperdine in Malibu for the first time since 2018

Davide Gardini kills a ball over pepperdine blockers

Malibu, Calif. — No. 2 BYU Cougars defeat the No. 4 Pepperdine Waves 4-1 (25-20, 25-17, 25- 21, 25-17) in Firestone Fieldhouse today. This is the first time since 2018 an MPSF opponent has beaten the Waves on their home court. BYU has now tied the all time series record 36-36.

“I’m proud of how this team responded after the first set. Said head coach Shawn Olmstead. “They stayed in the match and worked to improve a few things we asked of them.” 

On today’s impact players Olmstead said, “Davide was huge for us all night. Receiving serves, attacking, and serving the ball, he carried a pod for us. Felipe felt strong and played great. Wil made great decisions all night to lead the team.”


  • Davide Gardini: 18 kills, .556 hitting percentage, three aces
  • Gabi Garcia Fernandez: 15 kills, four aces, four blocks
  • Felipe de Brito Ferriera: 8 kills, .889 hitting percentage, two blocks
  • Wil Stanley: 41 assists, one ace, seven digs, two blocks


An early ace by Pepperdine (BYU 1-2 PEPP) set the tone for set one. Next, an 8-2 run by the Waves would prove they were in control.  Pepperdine would get another ace (BYU 7-13 PEPP) to continue their momentum and hold the lead for the remainder of the set. The Waves hit an impressive .424, with two aces and three blocks. 


The Cougars bounced back in set two. Early on, a strategic challenge called by Shawn Olmstead overturned a point giving BYU a 6-3 lead. At (BYU 10-5 PEPP,) the Cougar’s front row blocked the ball straight down for the second of five and a half blocks this set. Zach Eschenberg served an ace (BYU 15-9 PEPP) and the set headed into a media timeout. In total BYU would hit . 562 this set, the highest of the match, with five team blocks and an ace. Set two would conclude 25-17, BYU winning on a Pepperdine service error. 


The Cougars showed off strong serving in set three with four aces. BYU began with a 6-1 run, forcing a Pepperdine time out after a Garcia Fernandez ace. Eschenberg brought it from the service line with an ace (BYU 8-3 PEPP) followed by two more strong serves. At (BYU 16-8 PEPP) Gardini’s ace, followed by an Eschenberg kill, would force a Waves timeout. The Cougars would go on to win the set 25-21 by a Garcia Fernandez ace. 


BYU would once again show out from the service line with Garcia Fernandez opening with an ace and a kill (BYU 3-1 PEPP). The Cougars quickly turned on the offense to wrap up the match. BYU would hit .450, with four service aces and three blocks. A kill by Garcia Fernandez finalized the set 25-17 and ended the match 3-1. 

The Cougars and Waves will rematch tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. PDT in Firestone Fieldhouse.



Karina Amos | Posted: 15 Mar 2021 | Updated: 26 Mar 2021
Karina Amos

Men's volleyball to travel to Pepperdine for big time MPSF matchup

Davide Gardini hits over the Pepperdine block

PROVO, Utah. — The No. 2 BYU men’s volleyball team will travel to Malibu to take on the Pepperdine Waves March 19 and 20, both at 1:00 p.m. PDT. The games will be streamed on Wavecasts. 

“We're just constantly working on getting better and so these are going to be big matchups.” Said head coach Shawn Olmstead. “Pepperdine is an outstanding program that always plays. They're always great matchups when we can get on the court together. It's going to be good for our guys and it's going to be nice to travel down there. Just a strong program and outstanding coaching staff, it'll be good tests for our guys.”

All Time Series: 

BYU 34-34 Pepperdine

BYU 11-25 Pepperdine (In Malibu)

BYU 23-9 Pepperdine (In Provo)

No. 2 BYU (10-2 overall, 10-2 MPSF)

  • The Cougars are on a 15 set win streak
  • BYU hit .510 (34-8-51) as a team, the second highest clip in the MPSF this year, against Stanford on March 13
  • Gabi Garcia Fernandez ranks second in the MPSF in aces per set (.51)
  • The Cougars lead the MPSF in aces (1.61), blocks (2.52), and hitting percentage (.325)

No. 4 Pepperdine (8-3 Overall, 8-3 MPSF)

  • Waves senior middle blocker Austin Wilmot was named MPSF Defensive Player of the Week
  • Pepperdine is the only MPSF conference team to be unbeaten at home this year. No visiting in- conference opponent has won in Firestone Fieldhouse since 2018.
  • No. 4 Pepperdine is the highest ranked team the Cougars have faced this season.  

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