Matt Tarantino charts eight blocks in three-set victory over Matadors.
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 men's volleyball team put on a clinic in Alumni Park.
Sophomore James Gehrels shares a glimpse into the Waves' trip to South Korea.
PEPPERDINE 2014: Appeared in two matches and two sets, coming in both times to serve ... Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete
CLUB: Played for the Arizona Premier Volleyball Club ... Took home back-to-back silver medals in the 18U Club Division at the Boy's Junior National Volleyball Championship ... All-tournament team selection.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Salpointe Catholic High School in 2013 ... Played four seasons on the varsity squad for head coach Amy Johnson ... Named All-Southern Arizona Player of the Year as a senior by the Tucson Citizen and the Arizona Daily Star ... 2011 and 2013 All-State second team selection by AZCentral.com ... First-team selection in 2012 ... Holds school record with 957 career kills ... Also holds the school record for career aces ... Led Salpointe Catholic to a runner-up finish at the 2011 5A state championship ... Member of the National Honor Society.
PERSONAL: Born in Tucson, Ariz. ... Son of Jennifer O'Brien and George Gehrels ... Has two older sisters, Aleida and Taiya ... Mother is a kindergarten teacher and father is a professor of geosciences at Arizona ... Majoring in sports administration ... Makes annual family trips to Alaska to spend time on the family's boat ... Chose Pepperdine "because of its prestigious academic and athletic reputation. That, plus the opportunity to be coach by Marv Dunphy was just too good to pass up."
FAVORITES: Favorite pro volleyball player is Matt Anderson ... Cites Anderson as his favorite because "he exemplifies what I want to do in life and where I want to be. He is a role model athletically and someone I strive to play like" ... Favorite book is the Bible ... Favorite TV show is 24 ... Favorite food is Italian ... Favorite pro sports team is the Seattle Seahawks ... Favorite movie is The Hangover ... Favorite musical group is Blink-182 ... Favorite sport other than volleyball is basketball ... Enjoys spending time with friends and playing X-Box.