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James Gehrels
James  Gehrels


Tucson, Ariz.

High School:
Salpointe Catholic HS


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SAAC Co-President Lisa Santroch is leading a group of Waves that will be working with kids in Peru.


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Pepperdine goes for home win No. 20 in a row on Tuesday vs. UCLA. First serve inside Firestone Fieldhouse is scheduled for 7 p.m.


Pepperdine Shuts Down UC San Diego in Straight Sets

Scott Rhein scores a match-high 11 points behind 10 kills and an ace.


Block Party Lifts Waves to 3-0 Win vs. CSUN

Matt Tarantino charts eight blocks in three-set victory over Matadors.


#1 Pepperdine Sweeps North Greenville on the Road

Josh Taylor sends down 10 kills in the winning effort.

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 … 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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