Pepperdine aims to avenge its loss to UC Santa Barbara last week Wednesday this Saturday in the MPSF Tournament.
Pepperdine goes for home win No. 20 in a row on Tuesday vs. UCLA.
Brennan Anderson became the Waves' 27th AVCA National Player of the Week on Tuesday. He is the first and only Pepperdine libero to receive the award.
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.
After a brief hiatus to coach internationally, David Hunt returns to the Pepperdine sideline for his sixth season as an assistant coach in 2015. He has been working with the men's volleyball team for eight seasons overall.
"He is one of the best young coaches is our sport," praised head coach Marv Dunphy upon Hunt's return. "He teaches well, scouts well, recruits well and is great to work with. We are lucky to have him."
Following the 2013 collegiate campaign, Hunt resigned from his post to serve as an assistant coach for the Japanese Men's National Team. Hunt was hired by Gary Sato, a former coach for both the Pepperdine men's and women's squads.
While Hunt was in Japan, the team moved up two spots in the FIVB World Rankings and earned its first FIVB World League win in over two years.
He returned to the Pepperdine sideline just prior to the start of the 2014 collegiate campaign.
Before being elevated to the role of assistant coach prior to the 2010 season, he was Pepperdine's video coordinator and a volunteer assistant the previous two years. As a full-time assistant, his duties include film exchange, preparing scouting reports, recruiting, travel and summer camps.
In 2010, he received the AVCA's Thirty Under 30 award, given to standout volleyball coaches under the age of 30.
In his five seasons as an assistant, the Waves put together a record of 74-59 (.556)*.
Hunt's coaching expertise has also been extended to the USA Volleyball community. In 2014, Hunt was picked as head coach for the U.S. Women's National Team as they battled at the NORCECA World Championship Qualification Tournament at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Under Hunt's leadership, Team USA was dominant, posting four shutout victories to punch its ticket into the 2014 FIVB World Championship.
Hunt later helped the U.S. Women's National Team make history in October 2014. He served as a consultant coach during Team USA's gold-medal run at the FIVB World Championships in Italy. It was the U.S. women's first-ever gold medal at any major tournament, including the World Championships, World Cup and Olympic Games.
He traveled to Tijuana, Mexico in July 2012 as an assistant coach for the U.S. Boys' Youth National Team where the squad won the bronze medal at the NORCECA Boys' Youth Continental Championship and qualified for the 2013 FIVB Youth World Championships.
In the summer of 2011, he worked as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men's Junior National Team that competed at the FIVB World Championships in Brazil. The squad earned its highest-ever finish with a fourth-place showing.
In the fall of 2008, Hunt was selected to travel with the U.S. Men's National Team to the Pan American Cup in Cuiaba, Brazil, where he was the technical coordinator.
Prior to joining Pepperdine, Hunt worked at
Hunt graduated from UCLA in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in history. A native of
*Pepperdine later vacated all wins (66), NCAA Tournament loses (1), Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament titles (1) and NCAA Tournament appearances (1) accrued during the 2008, `09, `10 and `11 seasons due to self-reported NCAA violations. Records marked with an asterisk do not reflect this. The Waves have officially won three MPSF Tournament titles and made 14 NCAA appearances. Official season records are as follows: 2008, 0-10; 2009, 0-5; 2010, 0-10; 2011, 0-15. Pepperdine's official NCAA all-time record prior to the 2014-15 season is 662-344. Since 2010, Pepperdine's official NCAA record stands at 47-59.