Katie Messing enters this week ranked fourth in the league with a 3.68 kills/set average.
Pepperdine looks to tally its first Wells Fargo PCH Cup points on Oct. 17 at LMU.
Waves bring a perfect road match record into matches. vs. the Tigers and Gaels this week.
A crucial week in West Coast Conference play is in store for Pepperdine with two home matches vs. the Cougars and Toreros.
Waves enter this week with a combined all-time record of 99-5 against the Pilots and Bulldogs.
PEPPERDINE 2013: Redshirted first season with Pepperdine.
TENNESSEE 2012: Started in 12 matches for the Lady Volunteers ... Appeared in 19 matches and 59 sets ... Averaged 1.14 kills/set for a total of 67 ... Averaged 0.85 blocks/set for a total of 50 ... Pegged down a season-best 10 kills vs. Auburn (11/16) while hitting .471 ... Credited with eight blocks in a win over then-#13 Florida (11/4) ... Lost to Michigan in the first round of the NCAA Championship.
UCLA 2011: Appeared in seven matches and 13 total sets as a freshman ... Started on three occasions ... Averaged 1.08 kills/set for a season total of 14 ... Added 11 assisted blocks ... Member of the 2011 NCAA Championship winning Bruin squad.
USA VOLLEYBALL: Member of the USA Volleyball Girls' Youth National Team in 2009 ... Finished 14th at the World Championships in Thailand ... Also made the USA Youth Olympic Squad that finished runner-up at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.
CLUB: Played club ball for Dallas Synergy (2007-08), Dallas Skyline (2008-09) and Dallas Premier (2009-10).
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Hebron High School in 2011 ... As a senior, led squad to the 2010 6-5A Texas State Championship ... Listed at #24 on PrepVolleyball.com's "Senior Aces" list ... Lone Star Volleyball All-Texas Team as a junior and senior ... Made the 6-5A All-District first team squad as a junior and second team as a senior ... 2009 District 6-5A Co-Blocker of the Year ... Ranked #9 on ESPN's Top Seniors list
PERSONAL: Born in Dallas, Texas ... Daughter of Ola and Emmanuel Okoro ... Has an older brother and sister, Chris and Ivuoma, and one younger brother, Bryan ... Chose Pepperdine because "I love the competitive nature in the gym and the coaching staff. It is in a great area and I have already played with some of the girls through USA Volleyball."
FAVORITES: Favorite pro athlete is Lebron James ... Favorite book is the Bible ... Favorite tv shows are Law and Order, CSI and Criminal Minds ... Favorite food is pizza ... Favorite movie is Love and Basketball ... Favorite musical artist is Beyonce ... Favorite sport other than volleyball is football.