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Matt Tarantino
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Matt  Tarantino

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Van Nuys, Calif.

High School:
Bishop Alemany HS

Height:
6-8

Event:
Middle Blocker/Opposite

Experience:
3V

05/01/2015

Waves Fall in MPSF Final at UC Irvine

The men's volleyball team will hope to hear its name called in Saturday's NCAA Selection Show.

04/30/2015

Men's Volleyball Beats Hawaii in MPSF Semifinals

The Waves will play UC Irvine or USC in Friday night's championship match.

04/28/2015

Pepperdine Faces Hawaii in MPSF Semifinals on Thursday

The Waves play Hawaii at 5 p.m. on Thursday in the Bren Events Center.

04/25/2015

Waves Shut Out Gauchos in MPSF Tournament Quarterfinal

Pepperdine will play either Hawaii or Long Beach State next week Thursday in the MPSF Tournament semifinals in Irvine, Calif.

04/23/2015

Six Waves Recognized in All-MPSF Awards

Pepperdine leads the conference with six All-MPSF performers.

05/02/2015

Men's Volleyball at UC Irvine (5/1/2015)

Martin A. Folb's photos of the MPSF Championship match.

04/30/2015

Men's Volleyball vs. Hawaii (4/30/2015)

Martin A. Folb's photos of the Waves 3-1 MPSF semifinal victory over the Rainbow Warriors in Irvine, Calif.

04/25/2015

Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. UC Santa Barbara

MPSF Tournament quarterfinals: Pepperdine vs. UC Santa Barbara (Photos by Martin A. Folb)

04/02/2015

Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. USC

Pepperdine vs. USC on April 2. Photos by Martin A. Folb.

01/27/2015

Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. UCLA

Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. UCLA (Photos by Martin A. Folb)

Matt Tarantino Career Stats Get Acrobat Reader

CAREER: Through three seasons, has appeared in 271 sets and 74 matches … Averaging 1.65 kills and 0.96 blocks.

PEPPERDINE 2015: All-MPSF second-team performer for the second-straight year … Appeared in 25 matches and 91 sets … Missed the month of February on the disabled list … Averaged 1.56 kills per set while hitting .428 (142 kills-35 assists-250 attempts) … Hitting percentage ranked second in the league … Charted 36 aces for a 0.40 average to rank second in the MPSF and 14th in the NCAA … Aces total and average rank in the top-10 in Pepperdine’s single-season history … Averaged 0.88 blocks per set to rate 41st in the NCAA … Had an attack error-free streak that began in the fourth set vs. UC Irvine on March 14 and lasted through 3+ matches, 16 sets, 33 kills and 52 attempts … Put down 10 kills in back-to-back matches vs. Harvard (3/17) and BYU (3/20) without committing an attack error … Posted a career-best four aces and five digs vs. George Mason (1/11) … Credited with a season-high eight blocks vs. Cal State Northridge (1/21) … Handed out three assists at Cal Baptist (1/14) … Scored 220.5 points in 2015.

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: Redshirted as a sophomore.

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.

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