Two starters, Scott Rhein and Mitchell Penning, honored for academic achievements by the MPSF.
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.
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. UC Irvine (Photos by Martin A. Folb)
CAREER: Through four seasons has appeared in 283 sets and 94 matches … Averaged 1.60 kills and 1.02 digs.
PEPPERDINE 2015: All-MPSF honorable mention … Only member of the team to play in all 112 sets of the season … Started in all 30 matches … Averaged 2.28 kills as an outside hitter … Swung at a .268 (255 kills-91 errors-612 attempts) clip to rate 49th in the country … Surpassed double figure kill totals in 13 matches … Earned first-ever double-double with a career-high 15 kills and a career-high 16 digs vs. BYU (3/20) … Digs total vs. BYU ranks in the top-five for most digs in a five-set match during the rally-scoring era … Totaled 43.0 blocks … Sent down three aces vs. Stanford (2/6) and tallied 20 on the season … Hit .562 (10-1-16) at UC San Diego (2/13) … Other season totals include 255 kills, 27 assists, 163 digs and 298.0 points … Averaged 1.46 digs per set … Posted a serve receive percentage of .951 (27 errors-550 attempts) … MPSF All-Academic Scholar-Athlete … Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete.
PEPPERDINE 2014: MPSF All-Academic Scholar-Athlete … Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete … Appeared in 61 sets and 24 matches … Made three starts as outside hitter … Averaged 1.80 kills per set in his three starts and 0.34 on the season … Sent down a career-high five aces vs. Cal Baptist (2/22) … Recorded a season-high nine kills at UC San Diego (2/15) … Often came in off the bench to provide serving support … Has been clocked at upwards of 70 MPH when serving … Totaled 21 kills, three assists, nine aces, 22 digs, five blocks and 32.5 points.
PEPPERDINE 2013: Appeared in 65 sets and 24 matches as a sophomore … Started in 14 matches … Averaged 1.63 kills, 0.71 digs and 0.46 blocks … Had a breakout performance vs. UC San Diego on March 15 … Posted 13 kills off of 16 errorless swings for a .812 hitting percentage … That clip ranks fifth in Pepperdine’s single-match record book (rally scoring era only) … Rhein is the only outside hitter in the category, all the others being middle blockers … Posted 13 kills at Pacific (3/1) … Collected a season-high eight digs at Stanford (3/2) … Credited with five blocks vs. BYU (2/15) and UC Santa Barbara (2/19) … Totaled 106 kills, four assists, 10 aces, 46 digs and 30 blocks in 2013 … MPSF All-Academic Scholar-Athlete
PEPPERDINE 2012: Played in 45 sets and 16 matches as a freshman … Made first career start vs. Cal Baptist (2/15) and made six total starts during rookie season … Averaged 1.56 kills and 1.29 digs … Tagged down 11 kills in back-to-back appearances against Pacific (3/31) and UC Irvine (4/5) … Collected a career-high 12 digs at Long Beach State (4/14) … Posted five blocks vs. Pacific (3/31) … Recorded a serve receive percentage of .944 (12 errors-215 attempts) … Delivered service aces vs. Stanford (3/30) and at Long Beach State (4/14) … Totaled 70 kills on a .128 hitting percentage, seven assists, two aces, 58 digs and 17 blocks as a freshman.
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. … Member of the 2013 U.S. Men’s Junior National team training squad.
CLUB: Played for Impact VBC from 2009-11 … Also competed with the Southern Region Volleyball Club and Maryland Volleyball Program … Led Impact VBC to several top-10 finishes, including a win in the 17U division at the Great Lakes Asics Tournament in Chicago … Earned Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 distinction.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Aaron Academy in 2011 … Was dual enrolled at Volunteer State Community College and earned 23 college credits by the time he earned his high school diploma.
PERSONAL: Born in Finksburg, Md. … Resides in Pleasant View, Tenn. … Son of Frank Rhein Jr. and Carol and Richard Green … Mother Carol is a volleyball coach … Has three older siblings, Stephen, Katie and Amanda … Sister Amanda played collegiate volleyball at Lipscomb … Majoring in international business with a minor in German … Chose Pepperdine because he “wanted to attend a Christian university as well as play Division I volleyball” and also “to be coached by Marv Dunphy” … Has held various summer jobs including driving a delivery truck, working at a sportsplex, house and pet sitting, and coaching at volleyball camps.
FAVORITES: Favorite professional volleyball player is Todd Rogers … Lists Ric Lucas and Stu Russell, his first volleyball coaches, as his biggest sports heroes … Favorite movies are in the Harry Potter series … Favorite musical artist is Jack Johnson … Favorite sports other than volleyball is table tennis … Favorite television show is NCIS … Favorite book is the Bible … Favorite food is Maryland steamed crabs … Also enjoys playing paintball.