Parker Kalmbach enters the road swing as the reigning MPSF Player of the Week.
Pepperdine plays inside Firestone Fieldhouse for the first time in 2015 this weekend.
Josh Taylor sends down 10 kills in the winning effort.
The Waves open the season against North Greenville, playing on Saturday at the Upward Star Center and on Monday on the NGU campus in Tigerville, S.C.
The Waves enter the 2015 season as the overwhelming favorite to place first in the MPSF.
Martin A. Folb photos of the Waves' 3-1 MPSF quarterfinal victory vs. the 49ers in Firestone Fieldhouse.
Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. Hawaii, Senior Night. Photos by Martin A. Folb.
Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. Long Beach State (Photos by Martin A. Folb)
Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. UCLA Photos by Martin A. Folb.
Pepperdine def. BYU 3-2. (Photos by Martin A. Folb)
CAREER: Through three seasons, has appeared in 223 sets and 65 matches ... Averaging 0.92 kills and 1.04 blocks ... Enters senior season with 205 total kills and 231 blocks.
PEPPERDINE 2014: Started in all 26 matches as middle blocker, appearing in 96 of the season's 98 sets ... Averaged 1.02 kills per set while hitting .420 (98 kills-19 errors-188 attempts) ... Averaged 1.18 blocks per set ... Posted 107 block assists and six solo roofs for a total of 113.0 ... Blocks average ranked sixth in the MPSF and 10th in the NCAA ... Averaged 1.58 blocks per set through the first 10 matches of the season to lead the country ... Recorded a career-high 12 blocks at Cal State Northridge (1/22) ... Delivered 5.0 or more blocks on 11 occasions ... Sent down a career-high eight kills at Cal Baptist (2/27) while hitting .778 (8-1-9) ... Also tallied eight kills earned at a .500 (8-1-14) clip in the Waves' 3-1 win over Long Beach State (4/19) in the MPSF Tournament quarterfinals ... Dished six aces in 2014, including two vs. USC (4/5) ... Picked up a career-high five digs in season opener vs. UC Irvine (1/10) ... Totaled 98 kills, nine assists, six aces, 34 digs, 113.0 blocks and 163.5 points as a junior.
PEPPERDINE 2013: Appeared in 29 sets and 22 matches with 21 starts ... Averaged 1.05 blocks which ranked 11th in the MPSF and 22nd in the NCAA ... Nailed down a season-best seven kills against USC (2/1), Cal Baptist (2/13) and Stanford (3/2) ... Established a career-high of nine blocks in a single match on March 21 vs. UC Irvine ... Tallied five or more blocks in eight matches ... Picked up a season-high four digs against UC San Diego (1/12) ... Delivered two aces at Long Beach State (2/6) ... Hit .875 (7 attacks-0 errors-8 attempts) vs. Cal Baptist (2/13) ... Averaged 1.03 kills while hitting .454 as a sophomore ... Also averaged 1.66 points ... Totaled 81 kills, 18 assists, six aces, 83 blocks and 131.5 points.
PEPPERDINE 2012: Appeared in 48 sets and 17 matches ... Made nine starts ... Recorded a season-high seven blocks vs. Long Beach State (1/14) ... Tagged down five kills against Lewis (1/8) and at UC San Diego (1/27) ...Totaled 26 kills as a freshman earned on a .238 hitting percentage ... Averaged 0.73 blocks/set for a total of 35 ... Logged aces against Lewis (1/8), Hawaii (1/20) and UC Irvine (1/25) ... Tallied five blocks in collegiate debut vs. Lewis (1/7) ... Picked up three digs at UC San Diego (1/27) ... Finished freshman season with 11 digs, 47 points and eight assists.
USA VOLLEYBALL: Two-year member of the U.S. Boys Youth National Team ... In 2010, the BYNT placed second at the NORCECA Continental Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico ... Won bronze at the 2011 Men's U19 Pan American Cup in Mexicali, Mexico ... Member of the 2012 U.S. Junior National training team.
CLUB: Played for the Rolling Thunder Volleyball Club, and advanced to the USA Volleyball Boys' Junior National Championship before joining Adversity's 17 Elite team in 2009.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Adlai E. Stevenson High School, located in Lincolnshire, Ill., in 2011 ... Began playing volleyball as a freshman, having never played the sport prior, and spent three seasons on the varsity squad ... Earned AVCA First-Team Boys' High School Senior All-America honors ... Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 selection ... Recognized as a Boys' High School All-American special mention by Volleyball Magazine ... Also lettered in soccer.
PERSONAL: Born in Phoenix, Ariz. ... Son of Sole and Mimi ... Parents run the Chicago Wind Soccer Club ... Volunteers time to teach soccer skills to kids the inner city Chicago ... Father was a professional soccer player in the former Yugoslavia ... Has one brother, Stefan, who plays soccer at Valparaiso ... Also has an aunt who medaled in team handball at two Olympic games ... Lists winning the silver medal at the NORCECA Championships in 2010 as his most thrilling athletic accomplishment to date.
FAVORITES: Favorite pro volleyball players are Alexander Volkov, Ivan Miljkovic and Kyle Masterson ... Favorite professional sports team is FC Red Star (pro soccer team in Serbia) ... Favorite book is My Bloody Life ... Favorite TV station is the Discovery Channel ... Favorite sports other than volleyball are soccer ... Favorite movie is Rocky IV ... Favorite musical artist is Jay-Z ... Favorite food is Serbian food.