Parker Kalmbach enters the road swing as the reigning MPSF Player of the Week.
Sophmore Mitchell Penning earns his first collegiate start and cashes in on five kills and five blocks.
The Waves open the season against North Greenville, playing on Saturday at the Upward Star Center and on Monday on the NGU campus in Tigerville, S.C.
Waves earn top spot in AVCA rankings for the first time since March 2010.
Tune in live to WavesCasts at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday to watch Pepperdine open the 2014 season.
PEPPERDINE 2014: Did not see official time as a freshman ... Averaged 10.40 assists and 2.07 digs in four exhibition matches vs. Canadian teams.
USA VOLLEYBALL: Captain of the 2014 U.S. Junior National Team that won bronze at the NORCECA Continental Championship ... Member of the 2013 USA Volleyball Boys' Youth National Team that competed at the FIVB U19 World Championships in Mexico ... Participated in several USA Volleyball High Performance camps.
CLUB: Member of the Santa Monica Beach Club since age 14 ... Won a bronze medal at the USAV Junior National Championships in the 15s club division ... Earned all-tournament honors at junior nationals twice.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Agoura High School in 2013 ... Played four seasons of varsity volleyball under head coach Marla O'Hara ... All-Marmonte League first team selection as a senior, second team as a junior and third team as a sophomore ... Two-time team MVP.
PERSONAL: Born in Santa Monica, Calif. ... Son of Peter and Gabrielle ... Youngest child of four ... Older siblings include Jacob, Lars and Anneliese ... Father played football at St. Olaf College in Minnesota ... Chose Pepperdine because "it's a great program with a long tradition of excellence and outstanding coaching."
FAVORITES: Favorite professional athlete is Chris Paul ... Favorite pro team is the Los Angeles Clippers ... Favorite book is Live By Night ... Favorite tv show is Psych ... Favorite food is his dad's homemade BBQ pulled pork sandwich ... favorite sport other than volleyball is basketball.