Tune in live to WavesCasts at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday to watch Pepperdine open the 2014 season.
Pepperdine returns five starters plus libero to its 2014 squad.
The women's volleyball team wants fans to wear orange on Thursday for its ESPNU game vs. BYU.
Waves finish 2013 season with a 14-12 record.
Waves clinch No. 5 seed in MPSF Tournament with the win and will play fourth seeded UCLA in the quarterfinals.
PEPPERDINE 2013: Appeared in 52 sets and 19 matches with five starts in first season with Pepperdine ... Earned first start vs. Cal State Northridge (4/4) ... Disposed of seven kills against Pacific (3/1) and Long Beach State (4/6) ... Posted six blocks against Cal State Northridge (4/4), UCLA (4/10) and UC Santa Barbara (4/12) ... Averaged 0.75 kills and 0.60 blocks ... Totaled 39 kills while hitting .300, 31 blocks, 58.5 points and seven digs.
PIERCE COLLEGE: Attended Pierce Junior College, located in Los Angeles, Calif., from 2010-12 ... Earned All-Western State Conference second team honors in 2011 ... Redshirted in 2012.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Grover Cleveland High School in 2010 ... Three-year varsity letterwinner in volleyball.
PERSONAL: Born in Mission Hills, Calif. ... Son of Jose and Young Granato ... Has one sister, Sofia ... Speaks English, Spanish and Korean ... Sister also played volleyball at Pierce College ... Chose Pepperdine because of "the academic and athletic excellence the school is known for. Also, I have always wanted to play for a program like this and for a coaching staff that is so invested in its players."
FAVORITES: Favorite pro volleyball player is Clay Stanley ... Favorite pro sports team is the Oklahoma City Thunder ... Favorite book is The Essential Wooden: A Lifetime of Lessons on Leaders and Leadership by John Wooden ... Favorite food is Argentinian BBQ ... Favorite sport other than volleyball is soccer ... Favorite movie is Big Daddy ... Favorite musical artist is Ryan Leslie ... Favorite tv show is Big Bang Theory ... Lists sports hero as Michael Jordan ... Loves volleyball because "it requires everyone to be on the same page at the same time. It is a very strategic game."