The men's volleyball team will hope to hear its name called in Saturday's NCAA Selection Show.
The Waves will play UC Irvine or USC in Friday night's championship match.
The Waves play Hawaii at 5 p.m. on Thursday in the Bren Events Center.
Pepperdine will play either Hawaii or Long Beach State next week Thursday in the MPSF Tournament semifinals in Irvine, Calif.
Pepperdine leads the conference with six All-MPSF performers.
Martin A. Folb's photos of the MPSF Championship match.
Martin A. Folb's photos of the Waves 3-1 MPSF semifinal victory over the Rainbow Warriors in Irvine, Calif.
MPSF Tournament quarterfinals: Pepperdine vs. UC Santa Barbara (Photos by Martin A. Folb)
Pepperdine vs. USC on April 2. Photos by Martin A. Folb.
Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. UCLA (Photos by Martin A. Folb)
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 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.