Pepperdine opens 2014 regular season against defending NCAA Champion UC Irvine on Jan. 10.
Pepperdine makes its 19th appearance in the postseason MPSF Tournament.
Pepperdine faces Bruins and Gauchos on the road before opening the 2013 MPSF Tournament next week Saturday.
Waves Host Final Two Regular-Season Home Matches, Celebrate Senior Night on Saturday vs. Long Beach State
Prior to Saturday's 5 p.m. match vs. the 49ers, Pepperdine will honors the program's three seniors: James Powers, Maurice Torres and Beau Vandeweghe.
Waves tied for fourth with UCLA in MPSF standings entering this week.
Pepperdine def. UC San Diego, 3-0, on March 15 inside Firestone Fieldhouse
Pepperdine def. BYU, 3-2 Photos by Martin A. Folb
Pepperdine vs. USC - Feb. 1, 2013
Pepperdine vs. Stanford: Jan. 20, 2013
Hawaii vs Pepperdine 01/12/12
CAREER: Through two seasons, has appeared in 127 sets and 39 matches ... Averaging 0.84 kills and 0.93 blocks ... Enters junior season with 107 total kills and 118 blocks.
PEPPERDINE 2013: Appeared in 29 sets and 22 matches with 21 starts ... Averaged 1.05 blocks which ranked 11th in the MPSF and 22nd in the NCAA ... Nailed down a season-best seven kills against USC (2/1), Cal Baptist (2/13) and Stanford (3/2) ... Established a career-high of nine blocks in a single match on March 21 vs. UC Irvine ... Tallied five or more blocks in eight matches ... Picked up a season-high four digs against UC San Diego (1/12) ... Delivered two aces at Long Beach State (2/6) ... Hit .875 (7 attacks-0 errors-8 attempts) vs. Cal Baptist (2/13) ... Averaged 1.03 kills while hitting .454 as a sophomore ... Also averaged 1.66 points ... Totaled 81 kills, 18 assists, six aces, 83 blocks and 131.5 points.
PEPPERDINE 2012: Appeared in 48 sets and 17 matches ... Made nine starts ... Recorded a season-high seven blocks vs. Long Beach State (1/14) ... Tagged down five kills against Lewis (1/8) and at UC San Diego (1/27) ...Totaled 26 kills as a freshman earned on a .238 hitting percentage ... Averaged 0.73 blocks/set for a total of 35 ... Logged aces against Lewis (1/8), Hawaii (1/20) and UC Irvine (1/25) ... Tallied five blocks in collegiate debut vs. Lewis (1/7) ... Picked up three digs at UC San Diego (1/27) ... Finished freshman season with 11 digs, 47 points and eight assists.
USA VOLLEYBALL: Two-year member of the U.S. Boys Youth National Team ... In 2010, the BYNT placed second at the NORCECA Continental Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico ... Won bronze at the 2011 Men's U19 Pan American Cup in Mexicali, Mexico ... Member of the 2012 U.S. Junior National training team.
CLUB: Played for the Rolling Thunder Volleyball Club, and advanced to the USA Volleyball Boys' Junior National Championship before joining Adversity's 17 Elite team in 2009.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Adlai E. Stevenson High School, located in Lincolnshire, Ill., in 2011 ... Began playing volleyball as a freshman, having never played the sport prior, and spent three seasons on the varsity squad ... Earned AVCA First-Team Boys' High School Senior All-America honors ... Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 selection ... Recognized as a Boys' High School All-American special mention by Volleyball Magazine ... Also lettered in soccer.
PERSONAL: Born in Phoenix, Ariz. ... Son of Sole and Mimi ... Parents run the Chicago Wind Soccer Club ... Volunteers time to teach soccer skills to kids the inner city Chicago ... Father was a professional soccer player in the former Yugoslavia ... Has one brother, Stefan, who plays soccer at Valparaiso ... Also has an aunt who medaled in team handball at two Olympic games ... Lists winning the silver medal at the NORCECA Championships in 2010 as his most thrilling athletic accomplishment to date.
FAVORITES: Favorite pro volleyball players are Alexander Volkov, Ivan Miljkovic and Kyle Masterson ... Favorite professional sports team is FC Red Star (pro soccer team in Serbia) ... Favorite book is My Bloody Life ... Favorite TV station is the Discovery Channel ... Favorite sports other than volleyball are soccer ... Favorite movie is Rocky IV ... Favorite musical artist is Jay-Z ... Favorite food is Serbian food.