Scott Rhein Named to MPSF All-Academic Scholar-Athlete Squad
May 23, 2013
MALIBU, Calif.– Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Executive Director, Al Beaird, announced the MPSF All-Academic Scholar Athletes for the 2013 men’s volleyball season today, and Pepperdine’s own Scott Rhein made the cut.
In order to be selected, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average, be at least a sophomore academically, have completed one full academic year at the institution prior to the season for which the award is being received and have competed in at least 50-percent of the season's matches.
Rhein (Pleasant View, Tenn./Aaron Academy) becomes the Waves’ 34th MPSF All-Academic honoree. The sophomore is a pre-international business major with a 3.06 GPA.
In his second season with Pepperdine, Rhein appeared in 24 matches including 14 starts. He averaged 1.63 kills/set and surpassed double-digit kill totals in a single match twice.
Against UC San Diego on March 15, Rhein had a spectacular showing that will go down in the program record books. The outside hitter was hitting over .900 for most of the night - a would-be Pepperdine record - going an errorless 4-for-4 in the opening frame, followed by a 5-for-6 effort in set two. The Tritons dug two Rhein attacks in the third set to push his success rate down to .812 (13 kills-0 errors-16 attacks), which still ranks fifth all-time at Pepperdine (rally scoring era only).
Two-time All-American Andy Hein (2006-06) holds the record with a .909 (10-0-11) hitting percentage which was achieved vs. Long Beach State on April 30, 2005. Rhein is the only outside hitter to rank in the top-five in the single-match hitting percentage category. Hein also ranks second (.882), followed by Tyler Jaynes (2008-11, .875) and Brad Keenan (2000-03, .833) – all middle blockers.
Although Kyle Gerrans (Los Gatos, Calif./Valley Christian HS) boasts one of the highest GPAs on the team with a 3.35, the economics major missed out on making the all-academic team for the second season in a row. The junior only appeared in 11 of the season’s 26 matches, less than the 50-percent mark, before an injury cut his year short.
The Waves advanced to the 2013 MPSF Tournament for the 19th time in program history after finishing the regular season in fifth place in the conference standings. Additionally, Pepperdine finished the year ranked #5 in the AVCA poll – the highest since the 2010 season.
Forty-three student athletes met MPSF All-Academic Scholar Athlete criteria this season. UC San Diego and Stanford led the league with seven selections apiece.