The Waves play in Honolulu for the first time in program history this weekend, but face familiar foes in Hawaii and Loyola Marymount.
Head coach Nina Matthies announces the addition of Kaity Bailey, Skylar Caputo, Corinne Quiggle, Madalyn Roh and Anika Wilson
Pepperdine avenges only regular season loss in program history with a 3-2 win over the Trojans in the national semifinal.
Pepperdine tops Florida State 3-2 to win its second national championship in three seasons.
Pepperdine to face either USC or Stetson in Saturday's semifinal.
Pepperdine def. Florida State, 4-1, in the quarterfinals of the AVCA National Championship (Photos by Bobby McDuffie)
Waves top Florida State to reclaim the national championship crown. (Photos by Xtreme Photo FX/Bobby McDuffie)
Sand Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. Long Beach State (Photos by Ron Hall)
Pepperdine at USAV Collegiate Challenge in Hermosa Beach (Photos by Tyler Daugherty/USAV)
CAREER: Won the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Team Championship in the spring of 2014 while playing in the No. 3 spot in the lineup alongside Caitlin Racich.
SAND 2014: Produced a 19-7 record as a freshman, including a 15-4 tally in dual play … Paired with Caitlin Racich for an 11-6 record (9-4 in duals) … Also saw time alongside Kelley Larsen (5-0) and Katie Messing (3-1) … Went 4-0 while playing at No. 2, 10-4 from the No. 3 spot in the lineup and won her lone match at No. 4 … Defeated Sam Hirschmann and Natasja Siljkovic of USC, 21-18, 21-16 during the semifinals of the AVCA National Championship (5/2) … Posted 16 kills, 19 digs and three aces in the victory … Put down 17 kills in a 21-13, 21-17 win over Hawaii’s Katie Spieler and Nikki Taylor (3/15) … Averaged 7.17 kills/set at the AVCA National Championship … Collected a season-high 21 digs vs. Jenelle Hudson and Alex Reid of Long Beach State to help lift her and Messing to a 21-9, 14-21, 15-3 win (3/18) … Dished seven aces in a 21-19, 19-21, 15-8 win over Rachelle Suaavaand Taylor Akana of LMU (3/20) … Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete.
USA VOLLEYBALL: Member of the USA Volleyball U19 A1 team … Placed second at the USAV High Performance Championship in 2013 … Placed ninth at the FIVB U19 World Championship in Portugal in 2013 … Made way through qualifying to compete in the main draw of the 2014 AVP Manhattan Beach Open … Placed ninth alongside USC’s Alexa Strange at the 2014 FIVB U19 World Championships in Larnaka, Cyprus.
CLUB: Competed for Legacy Volleyball Club.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Valencia High School in 2013 … Member of the varsity indoor squad for two seasons and junior varsity for one year … 2012 Foothill League Most Valuable Player … Also earned All-Foothill League first team honors as a junior … Put down 361 kills as a senior and 254 kills as a junior … Led Valencia to the 2012 league title.
PERSONAL: Born in West Torrance, Calif. … Daughter of Diane and Mark Knudsen … Older sister to Lindsey, Kelsey and Jacob … Majoring in sports medicine … Chose Pepperdine because of the “amazing team and coaches, beautiful campus and great spiritual environment … Father played volleyball at UCLA while mother was a member of the volleyball team at Long Beach City College … Favorite thing about sand volleyball is “you get to play all positions, pass, set and hit and it’s on the beach.”
FAVORITES: Favorite pro athlete is Stephen Gyde … Favorite book is the Bible … Favorite pro team is the Los Angeles Lakers … Favorite movie is The Lion King … Favorite musical artist is Jack Johnson … Favorite sport other than volleyball is basketball … Favorite tv show is Psych … Favorite food is Mexican.