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.
Tune in live to WavesCasts at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday to watch Pepperdine open the 2014 season.
Head coach Marv Dunphy adds Pepperdine alum Jonathan Winder to coaching staff.
CAREER: A four-time All-American (one of only eight in AVCA history) ... Also a four-time All-MPSF honoree and a three-time MPSF All-Academic selection ... An Academic All-American as a senior ... Finished as Pepperdine's all-time leader in assists (5,118) and fourth in digs (656).
PEPPERDINE 2008: Finished his career with repeat selections to the All-American and All-MPSF first teams as a senior ... Averaged 12.62 assists (fifth nationally and fourth in the MPSF) as well as 1.96 digs and 0.87 blocks ... Started all 28 matches and played in all 107 games ... Had seven assist-dig double-doubles ... Named Tournament MVP after averaging 13.00 assists, 1.83 digs and 1.08 blocks in three matches ... Also named to the NCAA Championships all-tournament team after averaging 14.14 assists and 1.86 digs ... Earned AVCA Player of the Week honors following the MPSF semifinals and final ... Named MPSF Player of the Week on Jan. 21 after setting the school's career record for assists ... His most assists were 67 in five games (4/5 vs. USC), 60 in four games (5/3 vs. Penn State in the NCAA final) and 47 in three games (3/28 vs. Stanford) ... Had a career-high 17 digs at Pacific (1/18) ... Other season highs were six kills vs. Hawaii (3/12), six blocks (several times) and three aces (several times) ... Was named Pepperdine Athletics' 2007-08 Scholar-Athlete of the Year, a CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American third teamer and All-District first teamer and MPSF All-Academic.
PEPPERDINE 2007: Became the fifth player in Pepperdine history to earn National Player of the Year honors, and was also named MPSF Player of the Year ... Averaged 13.38 assists as a junior, which ranked second nationally ... Started all 24 matches in which he played and appeared in 90 games ... Hit .465 with 62 kills on 101 swings ... Also averaged 1.92 digs, 1.00 blocks and 0.69 kills ... Missed the first five matches with a leg injury ... Named the AVCA National Player of the Week on Feb. 5 ... His most assists were 67 in five games (3/24 at Long Beach State), 59 in four games (2/9 at USC and 4/26 vs. UC Santa Barbara) and 51 in three games (3/15 vs. Rutgers-Newark) ... Had a triple-double with 63 assists, 14 digs and 13 blocks at Cal State Northridge (1/31) ... Had three other assist-dig double-doubles ... Tied a career high with 14 digs at Stanford (4/6) ... Earned MPSF All-Academic honors for the second time.
PEPPERDINE 2006: Named to the All-American second team and the All-MPSF third team following his sophomore season ... Averaged 13.30 assists per game, which ranked seventh nationally ... Started all 25 matches and played in 90 games ... Also averaged 1.64 digs, 1.14 blocks and 0.82 kills ... Hit .388 with 74 kills on 139 swings ... His most assists were 70 in five games (2/18 vs. Cal State Northridge), 64 in four games (1/14 vs. Pacific) and 52 in three games (4/8 vs. UC Santa Barbara) ... Other season highs were seven kills (3/18 at UC Irvine), three aces (2/24 at Pacific), nine digs (3/1 at UCLA and 3/16 vs. UCLA) and eight blocks (1/14 vs. Pacific) ... Earned MPSF All-Academic honors.
PEPPERDINE 2005: Named the AVCA's National Newcomer of the Year after his freshman season ... Also named an All-American second teamer, the MPSF Freshman of the Year and to the All-MPSF third team ... Set the Waves to the NCAA championship and earned a spot on the all-tournament team ... Averaged 13.40 assists in 27 matches and 102 games ... Also averaged 1.23 digs, 1.07 blocks and 0.54 kills ... Hit .368 with 55 kills on 114 attempts ... Named AVCA National Player of the Week on March 13 ... His most assists were 72 in five games (3/12 vs. UCLA), 68 in four games (3/4 at Hawaii) and 51 in three games (3/31 at Long Beach State) ... At the NCAA Championships, had 40 assists in the three-game win over Ohio State (5/5) and 52 in the five-game win over UCLA (5/7) ... Had two assist-dig double-doubles, getting 57-11 at Stanford (1/15) and 46-11 vs. Cal State Northridge (4/28) ... Had one assist-block double-double and narrowly missed a triple-double with 54 assists, 10 blocks and nine digs at Cal State Northridge (4/15).
CLUB: Helped the U.S. to a bronze medal at the 2007 World University Games in Thailand ... Starting setter for the U.S. Junior National Team that earned a silver medal at the 2004 NORCECA Championships in Winnipeg, Canada ... Member of 2003 Youth National Team that played at the World University Games ... Led his team to the 2002 gold medal and 2003 bronze medal at the Junior Olympics.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Woodbridge High School in Irvine, Calif., in 2004 ... A Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 selection ... A three-time high school All-American ... Earned 2003 and 2004 All-CIF and All-Orange County honors in volleyball ... A three-time All-Sea View League honoree ... The 2003-04 Sea View League Male Athlete of the Year ... Excelled in basketball as well and was recruited by some WCC schools in the sport ... Listed as the #11 small forward on the West Coast by Student Sports ... Was a 2004 McDonald's All-American nominee.
PERSONAL: Born in Walnut Creek, Calif. ... Son of Bill and Jean Winder ... Siblings are Jordan and Jenille ... His sister Jenille also attended Pepperdine ... Majoring in advertising.
FAVORITES: Favorite pro sports team is the Chicago Cubs ... Favorite book is Blue Like Jazz ... Favorite movie is Chariots of Fire ... Favorite TV show is The Office ... Favorite musical artist is Dizmas ... Favorite food is an artichoke ... Favorite thing about volleyball is "you have to be skilled and work to have better skills."