Tune in live to WavesCasts at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday to watch Pepperdine open the 2014 season.
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 ... Plans to major in international business ... 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.