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Lara Dykstra
Lara  Dykstra


Redondo Beach, Calif.

High School:
Redondo Union HS

Last College:




Larsen, Woolever Repeat as AVCA All-Americans

Team Kell(i)ey ends their three-year run as a pair as AVCA All-Americans


Waves Falter in National Semifinals vs. Long Beach State

Pepperdine concludes the 2015 season with a 13-6 record, reaching the semifinals of the national championships.


Waves Survive and Advance at National Championships

Pepperdine plays Florida International in an elimination round match tomorrow at 9 a.m. (PT)


Sand Volleyball Opens National Championships on Friday

Pepperdine opens defense of its national title on Friday morning vs. Georgia State.


Waves Earn No. 4 Seed at AVCA National Championships

Pepperdine will play Georgia State in the first round of the team championships on May 1.


Sand Volleyball: AVCA All-Americans & Pairs Championship

Sand Volleyball: AVCA All-Americans & Pairs Championship (Photos by Xtreme Photo FX/Bobby McDuffie)


Sand Volleyball: AVCA National Championship vs. Florida State

Pepperdine def. Florida State, 4-1, in the quarterfinals of the AVCA National Championship (Photos by Bobby McDuffie)


Sand Volleyball: Waves Win AVCA National Championship

Waves top Florida State to reclaim the national championship crown. (Photos by Xtreme Photo FX/Bobby McDuffie)


Sand Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. Long Beach State

Sand Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. Long Beach State (Photos by Ron Hall)


Sand Volleyball: Pepperdine at USAV Collegiate Challenge

Pepperdine at USAV Collegiate Challenge in Hermosa Beach (Photos by Tyler Daugherty/USAV)

CAREER: Ended Pepperdine career with a three-season record of 75-20 (.789) … Win total ranks fifth in program history, while winning percentage ranks ninth … Two-time AVCA Sand Volleyball All-American … Won the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Team Championship in the spring of 2014 while playing in the No. 2 spot in the lineup alongside Becca Strehlow … Reached the quarterfinals of the 2014 AVCA National Pairs Championship alongside Strehlow … Went 47-13 (.783) in two years with Strehlow … Spent first two seasons playing indoor volleyball at Nebraska … Totaled 770 digs in two years as the libero, for a 3.34 digs/set average.

SAND 2015: Produced a 27-8 record as a senior … Win total ranked second on the squad … Paired with Becca Strehlow for a 24-6 record … Duo went 3-0 when playing at No. 1 and 11-3 from the No. 2 spot … Runner-up champion at the USAV Collegiate Challenge in Chula Vista, falling to teammates Kellie Woolever and Kelley Larsen in the finals … Won the Palmetto Invitational Gold Bracket, defeating Woolever and Larsen in the semifinals and FIU’s Kristine Monforte and Summer Nash in the finals … Runner-up champs in the Gold Bracket of the USAV Collegiate Challenge in Hermosa Beach, falling to eventual national champions Sara Hughes and Kelly Claes of USC … Represented the Waves in the 16-team AVCA Collegiate National Pairs Championship for the third-straight season, including the second year in a row alongside Strehlow … Went 3-2 during the team portion of the national championships … Also teamed up with Delaney Knudsen for a 3-2 record.

PEPPERDINE 2014: AVCA Sand Volleyball All-American for the second-straight season … Played exclusively with Becca Strehlow, going 23-7 overall and 16-3 in dual play … Tallied a 7-1 record while playing No. 1 and a 9-2 record from the No. 2 spot in the lineup … Produced a perfect 3-0 record during the team portion of the national championships, including dual clinchers vs. USC in the semifinals and Florida State in the finals … Topped Stephanie and Kristina Pellitteri 24-22, 21-17 to secure the 3-2 win vs. the Seminoles and clinch the AVCA National Championship … Reached the Gold Bracket finals of the Sand in the City Tournament, and advanced to the semifinals at both USAV Collegiate Challenge events … Opened the season with a 21-17, 21-14 win over Sara Hughes and Kirby Burnham (3/8), the eventual national pairs champions … Sent down 17 kills vs. Karissa Cook and Brittany Tiegs (3/15) … Collected a season-high 18 digs vs. the Pellitteri sisters in the national championship team finals (5/2) … Defeated Dagnija Medina and Kim Hildreth of North Florida in the opening round of the AVCA National Pairs Championship before bowing out to the eventual runner-up, Cook and Tiegs, 19-21, 21-15, 15-13 in the quarterfinals … Tallied 18 kills vs. Delaney Aigner-Swesey and Bojana Todorovic of Long Beach State (4/3).

PEPPERDINE 2013: Transferred to Pepperdine to play sand volleyball in January 2013 after playing two seasons of indoor volleyball at Nebraska … AVCA Sand Volleyball All-American … Partnered with Caitlin Racich at the No. 2 spot in the lineup … Posted a 24-5 record together … Went 19-1 in dual play … Went 3-0 during the team portion of the AVCA National Championship … Clinched the team win vs. Florida State (3/14) with a 15-21, 21-14, 16-14 win vs. Aurora Davis and Fatma Yildrim … Dished an ace at match point for the win … Tallied a season-high 19 kills vs. Cinnamon Sary and Katie Fuller of USC (3/26) … Picked up a season-best 27 digs in that same match … Surpassed 20 digs on three occasions … Averaged 6.11 digs/set and 5.57 kills/set … Played one match with Kelley Larsen at No. 2 vs. Grand Canyon (3/15) and won … Represented the Waves alongside Racich at the 2013 AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball Pairs Championship but fell in the first round … Reached the semifinals of the gold bracket at both USAV Collegiate Challenge events in 2013.

NEBRASKA 2012: Helped Nebraska to a 26-7 record and an appearance in the NCAA Regional Finals … Totaled 371 digs as a sophomore for a 3.09 digs/set average … Surpassed double-digit digs totals on 23 occasions and met the 20+ dig plateau three times … Picked up a season-best 24 digs against Michigan (11/2) … Saw action in 32 matches and 120 sets … Credited with a kill vs. Minnesota (10/14) and Michigan (11/2) … Tallied 24 total aces and registered two aces in a single match on six occasions … Distributed six assists against Notre Dame (8/26) … Totaled 50 assists on the season.

NEBRASKA 2011: Led the Huskers to a 25-5 record and an appearance in the NCAA Regional Semifinals … Set the NU freshman single-season digs record with 399 and finished second on the freshman single-season digs/set list with 3.59 … Averaged 3.59 digs, 0.33 assists and 0.14 service aces per set … Recorded 15 or more digs eight times in 2011 … Appeared in all 30 matches … Opened the season with one of her most impressive matches, recording 28 digs against New Mexico State in helping the Huskers to a 3-2 win … Reached double figures 22 times, including her season-high performance against New Mexico State … Recorded a season-best two aces twice in 2011, with the last coming at Iowa, in helping the Huskers clinch their first Big Ten title … Ranked third on the team in service aces.

USA VOLLEYBALL: Placed ninth alongside Becca Strehlow at the 2010 FIVB Beach Youth World Championships in Portugal … Represented the USA at the 2008 FIVB Youth/Junior World Championship in the The Hague, Netherlands … Played alongside Strehlow at the 2013 FIVB U21 World Championships in Umag, Croatia … Won silver alongside FSU’s Jace Pardon at the 2014 FIVB U23 World Championships in Myslowice, Poland … Made way through qualifying to compete in the main draw of the 2014 AVP Manhattan Beach Open.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Redondo Union High School and enrolled at Nebraska in January 2011 … CIF Division I-AA Player of the Year in 2010 … Made the Under Armour Girls’ High School All-American watch list … ESPN RISE Volleyball All-American honorable mention … Led high school squad to a Harbor League title in 2010 with a 29-8 record and carried team to the state semifinals … Played indoor club volleyball for Sports Shack, and won the 2010 USAV Girls’ Junior National Championship.

PERSONAL: Daughter of Lisa and Joe … Has three sisters, Jenna, Devon and Skylar, and one brother, Joey … Father played basketball at Western Illinois and was a ninth-round draft pick for the Phoenix Suns in 1983. Later went on to play professionally in Europe … Jenna played collegiate volleyball at Davidson … Devon and Skylar both played indoor volleyball for UCLA … Brother Joey played volleyball for USC for two seasons before turning to professional beach volleyball … Chose Pepperdine because “I wanted to be a part of a great sand volleyball team, get a great education and be closer to home” … Majoring in creative writing … Hopes to play professional beach volleyball after college while writing for a magazine.

FAVORITES: Favorite movie is The Notebook … Favorite foods are salmon and asparagus … Favorite professional sports team is the Los Angeles Lakers … Favorite book is the Bible … Favorite sport other than volleyball is basketball … Favorite professional volleyball player is Misty May-Treanor … Favorite professional athlete is Stephen Curry … Favorite TV show is New Girl … Favorite musical artist is Of Monsters and Men.

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