Men's Volleyball Q&A: Matt Tarantino

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With fall scrimmages in the books and men's volleyball season getting its official start next month, senior Matt Tarantino discusses his time as a Wave and his hopes for this season. The only returning starter from last year, Tarantino has appeared in 74 matches and 271 sets over three seasons.

Matt  Tarantino

Q: Are you excited to head into your senior season?

A: I am very excited for the season. Each year has something new, and is such a fun experience.

Q: What are your hopes for your final collegiate season?

A: My hopes for this final season are to continue to improve my game each and every match and leading the team to compete at the highest level that we know we are capable of.

Q: How is the team looking so far this fall?

A: The team this year is very different from last year. We graduated quite a few guys from last year but the young guys have done a great job of stepping in and being ready to play at a high level. The entire team is very competitive and working hard to improve every day.

Q: What is one piece of advice you would give your teammates as they head into the season?

A: One thing I want my teammates to know before going into the season is that it is a long process and we have to continue to compete and improve each day. Each match brings a different challenge and we must be able to adjust.

Q: What is one piece of advice you would give to young athletes trying to play volleyball in college?

A: I would tell young athletes that the best way to compete at the college level is to have a high volleyball IQ. Watch as much film as possible and be able to know different situations of the game, as well as be able to read what is going on during each play.

Q: What is your favorite Pepperdine memory from your past four years?

A: There is no way to pick just one memory while being a part of this team. The whole experience of learning and growing with the guys is what makes this experience really special.

Q: What will you bring to the table as a senior with lots of on-court experience?

A: As an old guy on the court I will be able to help the younger guys to stay focused and not let their emotions get the best of them. I hope to lead the team to be as competitive as possible and play Waves volleyball.

Q: What impressed you the most with your teammates in the past scrimmages?

A: The thing that has impressed me the most with my teammates is how dedicated they are to improve as individuals and as a team. Many guys go beyond what is required to continue to improve. We work really well as a team and we are able to trust each other on the court.

Q: What newcomer do you think will make a big impact for the Waves this year?

A: I can't pick just one guy that I think will have a big impact. We have so many newcomers that will have a large and positive impact for us this year.

Q: Do you have any plans or hopes for after graduation?

A: My hope for after graduation is to be able to play professional volleyball in Europe. It would be an awesome experience to travel the world while playing the game I love.

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