The Waves enter the 2015 season as the overwhelming favorite to place first in the MPSF.
The Pepperdine men's volleyball team will begin the 2015 season ranked #1.
Waves to host 14 regular-season matches inside Firestone Fieldhouse in 2015.
The school year was highlighted by sand volleyball's national championship and baseball's postseason run.
Kyle Gerrans saves his best for last, putting down a career-high 17 kills in his final Firestone Fieldhouse curtain call.
Martin A. Folb photos of the Waves' 3-1 MPSF quarterfinal victory vs. the 49ers in Firestone Fieldhouse.
Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. Long Beach State (Photos by Martin A. Folb)
Pepperdine defeats UCLA 3-1 on March 11 to sweep the season series vs. the Bruins. Photos by Martin A. Folb.
Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. UCLA Photos by Martin A. Folb.
Pepperdine def. BYU 3-2. (Photos by Martin A. Folb)
CAREER: Through two seasons, has appeared in 180 sets and 49 matches ... Averaging 1.69 kills and 1.00 blocks.
PEPPERDINE 2014: All-MPSF second team ... Named MPSF (3/17) and AVCA National (3/18) Player of the Week after averaging 2.56 kills while hitting .719 (23 kills-0 errors-32 attempts) with no attack errors in wins over UCLA (3/11) and UC Santa Barbara (3/14) ... Had an attack error-free streak that began on March 8 vs. Pacific and lasted through 3+ matches, 14 sets, 39 kills and 57 attempts ... Averaged 1.86 kills per set while hitting .406 (175-41-330) on the season ... Hitting percentage ranked eighth in the MPSF and 12th in the NCAA ... Credited with 95.0 blocks for a 1.01 average ... Blocks average ranks 14th in the MPSF and 22nd in the NCAA ... Surpassed double figures in kills five times, including the first three matches of the attack error-free streak ... Sent down a season-best 14 kills vs. Cal Baptist (2/22) ... Posted a career-best 11.0 blocks vs. USC (4/5) ... Tallied at least one block in 25 of the season's 26 matches ... Appeared 94 sets and 26 matches with 24 starts ... Totaled 175 kills, eight assists, 14 aces, 43 digs, 95.0 blocks and 240.0 points.
PEPPERDINE 2013: Sat out 2013 season following injury.
PEPPERDINE 2012: MPSF All-Freshman team ... Played in 86 sets and 23 matches ... After coming to Pepperdine as an opposite side hitter, transitioned to the middle blocker position and won the starting spot part way through the season ... Made first career start at UC San Diego (1/27) and started in 21 matches .... Set a season-high with 11 kills earned on a .692 (11-2-13) attack percentage at Stanford (2/24) ... Eclipsed double-digit kill totals on four occasions ... Averaged 1.51 kills for a total of 130 as a freshman ... Recorded a season hitting percentage of .396 which ranked 11th in the MPSF ... Totaled nine service aces and 26 digs ... Averaged 0.99 blocks for a total of 85 ... Concluded the year with seven blocks at Stanford (4/21) ... Posted a season-best eight blocks vs. Pacific (3/31).
USA VOLLEYBALL: Two-year member of the U.S. Boys' Youth National Team ... In 2010, the BYNT placed second at the NORCECA Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico ... Won bronze at the 2011 Men's U19 Pan American Cup in Mexicali, Mexico ... Member of the 2012 U.S. Men's Junior National team that won a gold medal at the NORCECA Continental Championship in Colorado Springs, Colo.
CLUB: Played for Santa Monica Beach Volleyball Club's 14s, 16s, 17s and 18s squads.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Bishop Alemany High School in 2011 ... Four-year varsity letterwinner ... As a senior, broke the Bishop Alemany High School record for kills in one season with 510 ... A Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 selection, and was also named a Boys' High School Second Team All-American by VBM ... Senior accolades include Mission League MVP and All-CIF ... Earned second-team all-league honors as a freshman and junior ... Also played football for two seasons.
PERSONAL: Born in Mission Hills, Calif. ... Son of Vince and Shannyn Tarantino ... Has one brother, Anthony ... Father played football at Weber State ... Great grandfather, Buck Gilmore, was a member of the UCLA football team.
FAVORITES: Favorite pro volleyball player is Clay Stanley ... Favorite pro sports team is the Oakland Raiders ... Favorite book is Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss ... Favorite TV show is the Simpsons ... Favorite food is seafood ... Favorite sport other than volleyball is football ... Favorite movie is 300 ... Favorite musical artist is Bob Marley.