Take an in depth look at the Waves as they near the start of the 2014 season.
Katie Messing enters this week ranked fourth in the league with a 3.68 kills/set average.
Katie Messing pounds down 20 kills, while Becca Strehlow quarterbacks the offense with 56 assists.
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.
INDOOR 2014: Appeared in two matches and two sets ... Earned a solo block vs. North Carolina Central (9/19).
SAND 2014: Squad member during 2014 season.
INDOOR 2013: Appeared in two matches and six total sets as a freshman ... Started vs. Gonzaga (10/24) and Portland (10/26) ... Posted two kills, a dig and a block vs. the Bulldogs ... Put down one kill vs. the Pilots.
CLUB: Member of the Orange County Volleyball Club for season seasons ... Placed 11th at the 2013 USAV Girls' Junior National Championship in the 18s Open Gold division ... Team-best finish at Junior Nationals was a seventh-place showing in the 15s US Open Gold division ... Won the Volleyball Festival in Phoenix, Ariz. while competing with the 14s squad.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Orange Lutheran High School in 2013 ... All-Trinity League second team performer as a senior ... Also voted to the Orange County All-Star team ... Hit .396 as a senior and was named the Best Offensive Player ... Team twice won the Redondo Beach Tournament ... Reached CIF-SS third round two seasons in a row ... Member of the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... Has played in friendly beach volleyball matches with Pepperdine alums Andy Hein, Jonathan Winder and Brad Keenan, as well as David Smith and Christa Harmotto.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Bucky and Kathleen Dennis ... Father is a pastor at Watermark OC Church ... Has two older siblings, Rylee and Keelyn ... Chose Pepperdine because "I felt that God called me here to help equip me to be a better servant and leader on my team, campus and community" ... Cousin Jeff Powers is a member of the USA Men's Water Polo team ... Father played basketball at Biola ... Had the opportunity to travel to Israel and was baptized in the Jordan River.
FAVORITES: Favorite pro athlete is Christa Harmotto ... Favorite movie is Despicable Me ... Favorite musical artists is Luke Peach ... Favorite sports other than volleyball are surfing and skiing ... Favorite book is the Bible ... Favorite foods are ice cream and watermelon ... Favorite tv show is Psych.