Former Loyola star Dave Wieczorek one of best to ever play volleyball for Pepperdine: After a decorated career with the Ramblers, Pepperdine University redshirt senior Dave Wieczorek (Class of 2014) was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation’s player of the year for a second consecutive season. A four-time all-conference selection — three on the first team — the 6-foot-8 outside hitter is the fourth player in program history to be selected as the league’s player of the year twice. 

Wieczorek is second in the MPSF in kills, aces and points and is fifth in hitting percentage. 

Making it more special, Wieczorek, who grew up in Chicago, led the Waves to their first conference championship in the regular season since 2014. The No. 1 seed for the league tournament, Pepperdine earned a bye and hosts a semifinal match Thursday. The final is April 20. 

Loyola alum Mark Dowdle approaching end of unique college career: A three-sport athlete in high school, Mark Dowdle (Class of 2015) joined a rare club when he chose to play two sports at University of St. Thomas. If that’s not enough, he was a key contributor on both the football and lacrosse teams. 

After concluding his football career in the fall, Dowdle plays his final home game with the lacrosse team Saturday. The Tommies  start the playoffs April 26. 

A Northbrook native, the senior midfielder is fourth on the team with 13 points (5 goals, 8 assists).