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Mitchell Penning
Mitchell  Penning


St. Louis, Mo.

High School:
Westminster Christian Academy


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Four Waves Earn MPSF All-Academic Honors

Gehrels leads the team with a 3.649 grade point average in his junior season.


Tarantino's Career-Highs Leads Waves to 3-1 Victory over CSUN

Tarantino passed his single-match career-best in kills with 24 and aces with six tonights.


No. 6 Waves Sweep USC at Home

The Waves rallied back to pick up 31-29, 25-22 and 25-23 set scores.


No. 8 Pepperdine Upsets No. 1 BYU in Provo, 3-1

The Waves disrupted top-ranked BYU's 13-match winning streak with the win.


No. 9 Pepperdine Upsets No. 3 Stanford in Five

Wieczorek posted his first career double-double with a career-high 20 kills and 10 digs. Harriman, Tarantino and Carr also saw career-high performances.


Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. UC Santa Barbara

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


Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. USC

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


Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. UC Irvine

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


Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. Stanford

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


Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. UCLA

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

Mitchell Penning Career Stats Get Acrobat Reader

PEPPERDINE 2015: The Waves' most improved player from 2014, going from a non-travelling squad member as a freshman to a full-time starter as a sophomore ... Appeared in 28 matches and 97 sets, earning starting bids in 26 contests ... Averaged 1.33 kills per set while hitting .333 ... Paced the Waves with 1.16 blocks per set to rank ninth in the MPSF ... Earned 11 kills off of 13 error-free swings vs. BYU (3/20) for a career-high hitting percentage of .846 ... Hitting percentage rates fourth in Pepperdine's single-match record book ... Charted 10 kills, hitting .412 vs. Harvard (3/17) ... Posted a season-best seven blocks in back-to-back matches vs. Cal State Northridge (1/21) and Long Beach State (1/24) ... Scored five aces vs. Cal Baptist (4/4) ... Season totals include 129 kills, nine assists, 15 aces, 28 digs, 113.0 blocks and 205.0 points ... MPSF All-Academic Scholar-Athlete ... Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete.

PEPPERDINE 2014: Made collegiate debut vs. Cal Baptist (2/22) ... Appeared in one match and one set as a freshman ... Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete

USA VOLLEYBALL: Selected to the U.S. Boys' Youth National Team in 2012.

CLUB: Member of the STL High Performance Volleyball Club.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Westminster Christian Academy in 2013 ... Played four seasons of varsity volleyball for head coach Jean Evans ... Saw action as a middle blocker, outside hitter and right side hitter ... Averaged 5.45 kills/set and 1.56 blocks/set as a senior ... Senior-year accolades include Missouri All-State first team and Most Valuable Player ... Also named to the Saint Louis All-Metro first team ... Named to Volleyball Magazine's "Underclassmen to Watch" list in 2012 ... Named to the 2012-13 AVCA Boys' High School Senior All-America first team ... Volleyball Magazine Boys' High School All-American second team selection.

PERSONAL: Son of David and Debra ... Younger brother of Kelly and Marci ... Born in Peoria, Ill. ... Grew up in St. Louis, Mo.. ... Chose Pepperdine because of its "academics, coaching, great team dynamics, location, religion and future opportunities."

FAVORITES: Favorite pro athlete is Karch Kiraly ... Favorite book is the Bible ... Favorite tv show is NCIS ... Favorite food is steak ... Favorite movie is Anchorman ... Favorite sport other than volleyball is water polo ... Biggest sports hero is Kevin Durant.

Our favorite photos from Mitchell Penning's sophomore season.

Posted by Pepperdine Men's Volleyball on Monday, June 1, 2015
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