The Waves play either North Florida and USC in the quarterfinals on Friday morning.
The Waves finish regular-season action this weekend before postseason play takes place in Gulf Shores, Ala. on May 3-5.
Sand volleyball concludes the home portion of the season this Wednesday starting at noon at Zuma Beach.
Waves return to Zuma Beach, where they are 3-0 all-time
Pepperdine set for five-straight dual matches on the road.
Pepperdine def. Florida State 3-2 in the semifinals of the AVCA National Championship
Waves def. USC 4-1 in the quarterfinals of the AVCA National Championship. Photos by Eric Bouscher
An expert in both indoor and sand volleyball, Marcio Sicoli begins his sixth season with the Pepperdine women's volleyball staff as an assistant coach in 2013.
Sicoli tutored Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor, arguably the best beach volleyball duo of all time, during the 2012 Olympics in London. Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor entered the Games as the No. 3 seed, and went a perfect 7-0 to claim an unprecedented third-straight gold medal.
Prior to London, Sicoli served as the assistant coach for the Waves during the inaugural year of collegiate sand volleyball. After an undefeated season, Pepperdine captured the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championship in Gulf Shores, Ala. The team's top pair of Caitlin Racich and Summer Ross won the individual pairs championship.
Pepperdine reached the finals of the sand national championship once again in 2013 after finishing the regular season with an 18-0 record.
Since joining the Waves' staff in 2008, the indoor squad has posted a record of 101-46 (.687), won one West Coast Conference Championship and reached the NCAA Tournament three times.
Sicoli, a native of
"His wisdom is well beyond his years," Walsh Jennings said of Sicoli. "There's also a youthfulness and enthusiasm that is really contagious. He makes practice every single day really fast, really challenging."
He has coached various other indoor and beach volleyball teams, including serving as the head coach for women's beach volleyball legend Holly McPeak and as head coach of the AVP women's beach volleyball team of Tatiana Minello and Semirames Marins during the 2005 and 2006 seasons. In 2007, Sicoli served as head coach for the women's beach team of Minello and Carrie Dodd and as coach of the men's beach team of Casey Jennings and Matt Fuerbringer.
"We're really excited to have Marcio," said head coach
Sicoli has also coached at the Beverly Hills-based Sports Shack Volleyball Club with fellow Pepperdine assistant Tim Jensen. Sicoli received the Sports Shack Coach of the Year Award in 2007 as the coach of the 18-2 team. Sicoli also recently served as the head coach of the Southern California Volleyball Club's
Sicoli received his bachelor's of physical education degree from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 2001 and competed for the men's volleyball team as the setter from 1999-2002. He holds a specialization in sports training (earned in 2002-03) and holds a Brazilian Beach Volleyball Level II coaching credential (earned in 2001).