Taylor Racich and Jillian Bergeson chalk kills-digs double doubles in 3-0 win vs. Iona.
The Waves open the season with back-to-back home tournaments beginning the weekend of August 30-31.
Pepperdine returns five starters to 2013 squad, while adding a proven crop of nine newcomers.
USA VOLLEYBALL: Member of the 2010 USA Volleyball A2 team.
CLUB: Played for Force Performance Volleyball Club from 2008-10 before finishing club career at the Northern California Volleyball Club ... Most recently placed fifth with her 18s club in the open division of the USAV Junior National Championship ... Picked up a third-place finish in the national division the year prior and a second-place showing in the national division in 2011 ... Member of the 2011 National Division MVP team.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from St. Francis High School in 2013 ... Sacramento Bee Player of the Year as a senior ... 2012 MaxPreps California All-State Division I MVP and first-team selection ... Delta River League MVP as a senior and co-MVP as a junior ... 2012-13 Sacramento River Cats Volleyball Player of the Year ... 2012 MaxPreps All-American second team honoree ... Ranked #67 on prepvolleyball.com's list of "Senior Aces" ... Earned a spot on the Delta River League first-team roster as a senior and junior and was an honorable mention as a sophomore and freshman ... Sacramento Bee All-Metro first team as a senior and junior, and a second-team selection sophomore ... Led squad to a second-place finish at the 2012 Division I State Championship and a fifth-place finish in 2011 ... Four-time Delta River League Champs ... Four-time San Joaquin section champs ... 2012 NorCal champions ... Played alongside teammates who went on to play at several different college programs including UCLA (Zoe Nightingale), UC Santa Barbara (Megan Sullivan, Noa Nightingale), Gonzaga (Paige Folger), Montana State (Loni Kreun, Dana Vestman) and UC Davis (Allie Wegner) ... Graduated in the top 3-percent of her class.
PERSONAL: Born in Dayton, Ohio ... Daughter of Mark Palmeri and Cynthia Ramos ... Father is an emergency room physician while mother works as an OB/GYN ... Has four siblings, Ivan, Jack, Sophia and Sidney ... Studying nutritional science and political science and aspires to work at the World Health Organization ... Chose Pepperdine because "Pepperdine offered the perfect combination of athletic competitiveness, academic diversity and international study opportunities. Plus, nothing beats Malibu" ... Is a black belt in karate ... An avid reader, hiker, kayaker, yogi, concert goer and biker.
FAVORITES: Favorite pro athlete is Philip Noel-Baker ... Favorite book is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ... Favorite movie is The Darjeeling Limited ... Favorite tv shows are Community, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report ... Favorite musical artist is Tame Impala ... Favorite food is fish tacos.