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James Gehrels
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James  Gehrels

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Tucson, Ariz.

High School:
Salpointe Catholic HS

Height:
6-4

Position:
Outside Hitter

Experience:
2V

05/26/2016

Four Waves Earn MPSF All-Academic Honors

Gehrels leads the team with a 3.649 grade point average in his junior season.

03/19/2016

No. 8 Pepperdine Upsets No. 1 BYU in Provo, 3-1

The Waves disrupted top-ranked BYU's 13-match winning streak with the win.

03/02/2016

No. 10 Waves Comeback to Win 3-2 at UC San Diego

Wieczorek tabs a career-high 19 kills on the night.

01/20/2016

No. 11 Waves Down UC San Diego in Three

David Wieczorek led the team with 10 kills and three service aces.

01/08/2016

Wieczorek's 28 Kills Leads Waves to 3-1 Defeat of British Columbia

David Wieczorek tabbed a career-high 28 kills and Joshua Stewart posted his first double-double with 46 assists and 10 digs.

James Gehrels Career Stats Get Acrobat Reader

PEPPERDINE 2015: Appeared in eight matches and 10 sets ... Credited with three kills and three digs at UC San Diego (2/13) ... Totaled seven kills and 8.5 points on the season ... Delivered an ace at North Greenville (1/5) ... Teamed up with Mitchell Penning for a block at match point vs. Cal State Northridge (1/21) ... Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete.

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.

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