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Team National Championships (12)
9 NCAA - 3 Others
2012 Women's Sand Volleyball - AVCA Champions
In the inaugural season of collegiate sand volleyball, Pepperdine was unmatched among the first set of schools to adopt the NCAA emerging sport. Led by former beach great Nina Matthies, the Waves steamrolled the competition and posted a 14-0 overall record. At the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala., the Waves posted wins in the double-elimination team event over College of Charleston (5-0), Long Beach State (3-0) and Long Beach State again (4-0). It was Pepperdine's 12th national championship by its teams, but first by a women's program. Lilla Frederick, Kim Hill, Caitlin Racich and Summer Ross were named All-Americans.
 
2006 Men's Tennis - NCAA Champions
The Pepperdine men's tennis program reached the pinnacle of its sport in 2006, as the Waves captured the national championship at Stanford's Taube Tennis Center. The Waves had lost their only two matches of the regular season to Texas and Georgia. In the semifinals, the Waves beat the Longhorns, 4-1, and in the championship, Pepperdine upset the top-ranked and previously unbeaten Bulldogs, 4-2. Head coach Adam Steinberg's squad led the Waves to an incredible 36-2 season, which marked the most wins ever accumulated by a national championship team. Ivor Lovrak was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Performer, and he, Pedro Rico, Andre Begemann and Omar Altmann were named to the All-Tournament Team in singles.
 
2005 Men's Volleyball - NCAA Champions
The 2005 men's volleyball team resembled the team that won the titles 20 years earlier, having ended the season with the same 25-2 overall record, posted a 15-match win streak, was known as being one of the top blocking teams in the nation and won the national title at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. Marv Dunphy coached the Waves to the program's fifth national title and his fourth in as many decades. In the championship match against the Bruins, Pepperdine rallied back from being down 2-1 and handed UCLA its first postseason loss at Pauley Pavilion. AVCA National Player of the Year Sean Rooney was also tabbed the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, while John Parfitt and Jonathan Winder were selected to the all-tournament team.
 
1997 Men's Water Polo - NCAA Champions
Senior driver Andy Bruininga scored the game-winning goal with 44 seconds remaining in the second overtime period to lift Pepperdine to its first-ever NCAA water polo championship, as the Waves edged local rival USC by a final score of 8-7 at the International Swimming Hall of Fame Aquatics Complex in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Making its 12th appearance at the NCAA Championships, Pepperdine completed its dream season with a sparkling 25-3 record. Alan Herrmann, Jeremy Pope and Merrill Moses were named the tri-Most Valuable Players of the NCAA Championships. Herrmann, Jack Kocur, Moses and Pope each were named All-American first teamers, and Terry Schroeder was tabbed the national Coach of the Year.
 
1997 Men's Golf - NCAA Champions
Pepperdine posted a three-over-par score of 287 to hold off a furious final day charge by Wake Forest and claim its first-ever NCAA men's golf title at the Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill.. Heading into the final round, Pepperdine held a two-shot lead over tournament host Northwestern. The Waves withstood the pressure with a final-round 287. They watched their closest challengers fall off the pace and completed the four-day, 72-hole tournament with a team total of a 12-over-par 1,148 to beat runner-up Wake Forest by three shots. Pepperdine seniors Jason Gore and Michael Walton finished in a tie for third place and fifth place, respectively, to lead the Waves.
 
1992 Baseball - NCAA Champions
In an all-California championship game, Pepperdine bested local rival Cal State Fullerton by the score of 3-2 to claim the 1992 College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb. Under the direction of head coach Andy Lopez, the Waves quickly became a crowd favorite at Rosenblatt Stadium after opening CWS action with impressive shutout wins over Wichita State and Texas. In a second game against Texas, the Longhorns took a 4-1 lead in the top of the seventh, but Steve Rodriguez connected for a dramatic grand slam in the bottom half of the inning to propel the Waves to a 5-4 win. In the championship game, Eric Ekdahl's solo home run in the fifth inning proved to be the game-winning blow.
 
1992 Men's Volleyball - NCAA Champions
Combining a consistent hitting attack, a dominating block and tenacious defense, Pepperdine swept top-ranked Stanford by scores of 15-7, 15-13, 16-14 at Ball State's University Arena in Muncie, Ind., to claim its fourth NCAA volleyball championship. Head coach Marv Dunphy's team won the MPSF Tournament, then recorded a three-game sweep over Penn State in the semifinal round before defeating Stanford in the championship match. Alon Grinberg was named the event's Most Valuable Player and was joined on the All-NCAA Championships squad by teammates Chip McCaw and Tom Sorensen. Pepperdine completed the season with a 24-4 record.
 
1986 Men's Volleyball - NCAA Champions
In one of the most dramatic comebacks in Pepperdine volleyball history, the Waves rallied from a 14-12 deficit in the fifth and deciding game to defeat USC for the second consecutive year by scores of 7-15, 15-13, 15-11, 5-15, 16-14 at Recreation Hall in State College, Pa. Directed by former Pepperdine All-American and first-year head coach Rod Wilde, the Waves posted a 15-11, 13-15, 15-11, 15-12 win over host Penn State in the NCAA semifinals before rallying to defeat USC. Steve Friedman was named the event's Most Valuable Player and was joined on the All-NCAA Championships squad by teammates Matt Rigg and Rob Scott. Pepperdine completed the season with a 22-7 record.
 
1985 Men's Volleyball - NCAA Champions
Fielding perhaps the best team in the program's history, Pepperdine defeated local rival USC by scores of 10-15, 15-10, 15-7, 15-13 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion to claim its second NCAA title. The championship was a perfect farewell gift for Pepperdine head coach Marv Dunphy, who took a sabbatical from the Waves to coach the U.S. National Team. Pepperdine claimed the Western Intercollegiate Volleyball Association title with a perfect 18-0 mark. Bob Ctvrtlik was selected the event's Most Valuable Player and was joined on the All-NCAA Championships squad by teammates Mike Fitzgerald, Matt Rigg and Troy Tanner. Pepperdine completed the season with a sparkling 25-2 record.
 
1978 Men's Volleyball - NCAA Champions
Pepperdine won its first-ever NCAA team title in 1978, as the Waves outlasted local rival UCLA by scores of 15-12, 11-15, 15-8, 5-15, 15-12 in a match played at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Directed by second-year head coach Marv Dunphy, the Waves defeated San Diego State and Long Beach State in the Western Selection Tournament. Pepperdine notched a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over host Ohio State in the NCAA semifinals before defeating the Bruins in the title match. Mike Blanchard was named the event's Most Valuable Player and was joined on the All-NCAA Championships squad by teammates Jay Anderson and Rod Wilde. Pepperdine completed the season with a 21-4 record.
 

1952 Men's Tennis - NAIA Champions
At the inaugural NAIA Championship in Abilene, Texas, the Waves were victorious (no details are available about the event). Led by head coach Hubert Derrick, the team also won the CCAA league title. Harvey Grimshaw, the team's #1 player, won the CCAA singles crown, and also captured the NAIA doubles championship with Bill DeLay. The other members of the six-player team were Danny Broussard, Ronnie Prat, Fred Osmond and Arnold Fox.

 
1947 Football - Small College Champions
Pepperdine's inaugural football team of 1946 was outstanding, going 8-1 and winning the Will Rogers Bowl. The 1947 squad was even better, going a perfect 9-0 and outscoring its opponents by the total of 350-26 under the direction of head coach Warren Gaer. The final five wins were via shutout. Following the season, the Waves were awarded the title of Small College National Champions by the Helms Athletic Foundation. The star of the team was Darwin Horn, who was not only an Associated Press Little All-American first teamer, he made the AP All-American honorable mention list for all schools. Horn scored a whopping total of 115 points, tied for most in the nation.
 
Individual National Championships (10)
3 NCAA - 7 Others
2012 AVCA Women's Sand Volleyball (Pairs)
Caitlin Racich/Summer Ross
1988 NCAA Men's Tennis (Singles)
Robbie Weiss
1985 NCAA Men's Tennis (Doubles)
Carlos DiLaura/Kelly Jones
1984 NCAA Men's Tennis (Doubles)
Jerome Jones/Kelly Jones
1958 NAIA Track (Triple Jump)
Don Whitney
1957 NAIA Track (High Jump)
Bobby Sims
1954 NAIA Track (Pole Vault)
Bob Ferguson
1954 NAIA Track (Shot Put)
Virgil Elwess
1953 NAIA Track (400-Yard Hurdles)
Bill Johnson
1952 NAIA Men's Tennis (Doubles)
Bill DeLay/Harvey Grimshaw
 
NCAA Division I Team Runner-Up (9): Women's Golf (2003)
Men's Tennis (1982, 1986)
Men's Volleyball (1976, 1983, 1984, 1998, 2002, 2008*)
     * = later vacated
NCAA Division I Individual Runner-Up (4):

Brad Gilbert (1982 NCAA Men's Tennis Singles)
Kelly Gullett-Robert Lindstedt (1998 NCAA Men's Tennis Doubles)
Michael Putnam (2005 Men's Golf)
Scott Doerner-Andre Begemann (2006 NCAA Men's Tennis Doubles)

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