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Matt Tarantino
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Matt Tarantino

Class:
RS Sophomore

Hometown:
Van Nuys, Calif.

High School:
Bishop Alemany HS

Height:
6-8

Position:
Middle Blocker/Opposite

Experience:
1V

04/17/2014

MPSF Announces All-Conference Team

West, Taylor, Kalmbach and Tarantino all recognized by league coaches in this year's all-conference team.

04/12/2014

Waves Win, Tie for First in Final MPSF Standings

Josh Taylor reaches 1,000 career kills milestone in 3-1 win over Hawaii.

04/05/2014

Pepperdine Holds Off USC in Five Set Thriller

Matt Tarantino sets new career high with 11 blocks tonight vs. the Trojans.

03/29/2014

Men's Volleyball Takes Down Pacific, 3-1

Pepperdine sits in second place in the MPSF with a 1.5 match lead on UC Santa Barbara, Long Beach State and Stanford, all tied for third place.

03/22/2014

#4 Waves Sweep Matadors, Win Fifth Straight

Pepperdine wins five in a row for the first time since the start of the 2012 season.

03/20/2014

Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. Long Beach State

Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. Long Beach State (Photos by Martin A. Folb)

03/12/2014

Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine at UCLA

Pepperdine defeats UCLA 3-1 on March 11 to sweep the season series vs. the Bruins. Photos by Martin A. Folb.

02/05/2014

Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. UCLA

Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. UCLA Photos by Martin A. Folb.

01/31/2014

Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. BYU

Pepperdine def. BYU 3-2. (Photos by Martin A. Folb)

01/22/2014

Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. CSUN

Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. CSUN (Photos by Jeff Golden)

Matt Tarantino Career StatisticsGet Acrobat Reader

PEPPERDINE 2013: Redshirted as a sophomore.

PEPPERDINE 2012: MPSF All-Freshman team ... Played in 86 sets and 23 matches ... After coming to Pepperdine as an opposite side hitter, transitioned to the middle blocker position and won the starting spot part way through the season ... Made first career start at UC San Diego (1/27) and started in 21 matches .... Set a season-high with 11 kills earned on a .692 (11-2-13) attack percentage at Stanford (2/24) ... Eclipsed double-digit kill totals on four occasions ... Averaged 1.51 kills for a total of 130 as a freshman ... Recorded a season hitting percentage of .396 which ranked 11th in the MPSF ... Totaled nine service aces and 26 digs ... Averaged 0.99 blocks for a total of 85 ... Concluded the year with seven blocks at Stanford (4/21) ... Posted a season-best eight blocks vs. Pacific (3/31).

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.

CLUB: Played for Santa Monica Beach Volleyball Club's 14s, 16s, 17s and 18s squads.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Bishop Alemany High School in 2011 ... Four-year varsity letterwinner ... As a senior, broke the Bishop Alemany High School record for kills in one season with 510 ... A Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 selection, and was also named a Boys' High School Second Team All-American by VBM ... Senior accolades include Mission League MVP and All-CIF ... Earned second-team all-league honors as a freshman and junior ... Also played football for two seasons.

PERSONAL: Born in Mission Hills, Calif. ... Son of Vince and Shannyn Tarantino ... Has one brother, Anthony ... Father played football at Weber State ... Great grandfather, Buck Gilmore, was a member of the UCLA football team.

FAVORITES: Favorite pro volleyball player is Clay Stanley ... Favorite pro sports team is the Oakland Raiders ... Favorite book is Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss ... Favorite TV show is the Simpsons ... Favorite food is seafood ... Favorite sport other than volleyball is football ... Favorite movie is 300 ... Favorite musical artist is Bob Marley.

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