The Waves enter the 2015 season as the overwhelming favorite to place first in the MPSF.
The Pepperdine men's volleyball team will begin the 2015 season ranked #1.
The school year was highlighted by sand volleyball's national championship and baseball's postseason run.
Kyle Gerrans and Scott Rhein rewarded for success both on the court and in the classroom.
Waves are now Provo, Utah bound to face MPSF standings leader BYU on Saturday. It will be Marv Dunphy's 800th match with Pepperdine.
Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. CSUN (Photos by Jeff Golden)
Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. UC San Diego (Photos by Martin A. Folb)
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
CAREER: Through three seasons has appeared in 171 sets and 64 matches ... Averaging 1.15 kills and 0.74 digs.
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.