The Waves enter the 2015 season as the overwhelming favorite to place first in the MPSF.
The Pepperdine men's volleyball team will begin the 2015 season ranked #1.
Waves to host 14 regular-season matches inside Firestone Fieldhouse in 2015.
Kyle Gerrans saves his best for last, putting down a career-high 17 kills in his final Firestone Fieldhouse curtain call.
Pepperdine will host its first-round MPSF Tournament match on April 19.
Martin A. Folb photos of the Waves' 3-1 MPSF quarterfinal victory vs. the 49ers in Firestone Fieldhouse.
Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. Long Beach State (Photos by Martin A. Folb)
Pepperdine defeats UCLA 3-1 on March 11 to sweep the season series vs. the Bruins. Photos by Martin A. Folb.
Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. UCLA Photos by Martin A. Folb.
Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. UC San Diego (Photos by Martin A. Folb)
CAREER: Though three seasons (two at Ohio State, one at Pepperdine) has totaled 501 digs for an average of 2.53 ... Has appeared in 198 sets and 56 matches ... Left Ohio State after sophomore season ranked No. 1 in the program record book with a career digs average of 2.92 ... Set the Buckeyes' single-season record with a digs average of 3.12 in 2013.
PEPPERDINE 2014: Started in 26 matches as libero and appeared in 97 of 98 sets ... Averaged 2.12 digs per set, ranking in a tie for seventh in the program's single-season (rally scoring only) records ... Digs averaged ranked ninth in the MPSF and 30th in the country ... Totaled 206 digs in first year with Waves ... Picked up a season-high 18 digs in five set match vs. Long Beach State (1/24) which ranks tied for second in the Waves' single-match (rally scoring era only) record book ... Surpassed double-digits in digs in 11 matches ... Posted a serve-receive percentage of .963 (22 errors-598 attempts) ... Picked up 14 digs twice vs. Long Beach (3/20, 4/19) ... Reached double-digit digs plateau in six of the first eight matches to open the season ... Handed out five assists at Long Beach State (1/24) ... Totaled 52 assists for a 0.54 average ... Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete.
OHIO STATE 2013: Volleyball Magazine All-America third team ... MIVA All-Conference first team ... Started all 27 matches at libero ... Two-time MIVA Defensive Player of the Week (1/7, 2/18) ... Collected 16 double-digit dig performances ... Picked up a career-best 24 digs against IPFW (2/15) ... Credited with 18 digs at Saint Francis (1/20) ... Totaled 290 digs on the season (second all-time at OSU) for a 3.12 average to lead all of NCAA Div. I-II ... Season average of 3.12 set a new Ohio State record ... Had a career-high four assists in both matches at Grand Canyon (3/8, 3/9).
USA VOLLEYBALL: Selected to the U.S. Men's Junior National Team Training Team in 2013.
CLUB: Played for the Balboa Bay Volleyball Club and also for head coach Evan Alexander on the OCVC 18's.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Corona del Mar High School in Newport Beach, Calif., in 2011 ... Helped squad to the ESPN Rise 2011 National Championship ... Cal-Hi Sports State Team of the Year ... CIF Southern Section, Regional and State Champions in 2011 ... Earned All-Pacific Coast Conference and All-CIF acclaim after championship run ... Also earned a special mention on Volleyball Magazine's 2011 Boys' High School All-Americans list ... High school teammate with current Pepperdine student-athlete Evan Dean ... Selected for the 2010 Corona Del High School Coaches Award .
PERSONAL: Born in Newport Beach, Calif. ...Son of Rich and Kris Anderson... Father went to business school at Pepperdine ... Has one younger sister, Shelby ... Majoring in psychology ... Choose Pepperdine because "it goes perfectly with my personality and lifestyle. I love the beach and the ocean and the Southern California weather, so being on a campus with an ocean view from just about everywhere is perfect."
FAVORITES: Favorite pro athlete is Drew Brees ... Favorite pro team is the Anaheim Ducks ... Favorite movie is Pirates of the Caribbean ... Favorite television shows are Arrow, Survivor, and Top Gear ... Favorite musical artist is Portugal. The Man ... Favorite restaurant is Tender Greens ... Favorite sport other than volleyball is surfing.