Pepperdine opens 2014 regular season against defending NCAA Champion UC Irvine on Jan. 10.
Rhein one of 43 players to earn MPSF All-Academic status in the sport of men's volleyball.
Two Waves make the first cut and selected to the junior national team's training roster.
Waves finish 2013 season with a 14-12 record.
Pepperdine makes its 19th appearance in the postseason MPSF Tournament.
CAREER: Through two seasons has appeared in 110 sets and 40 matches ... Averaging 1.60 kills and 0.95 digs.
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.