Waves embark on 2013 season with road matches at UC Irvine and UC San Diego.
The Waves tally 113 votes in the MPSF preseason poll, and are predicted to finish in third place.
The #9-ranked Waves opened the 2012 season at home this Saturday at 7 p.m. versus Lewis. The Waves and Flyers meet again at 5 p.m. on Sunday.
PEPPREDINE 2013: Did not see action as a sophomore.
PEPPERDINE 2012: Did not see action as a freshman.
PENN STATE: Spent the fall semester of 2011 at Penn State before transferring to Pepperdine.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Whitehall High School in 2011 ... Earned All-State Fab 40 distinction as a junior and senior while setting for the Zephyrs ... Won the District XI Championship in 2010 ... Was both class president and student council president.
PERSONAL: Born in Chambersburg, Pa. ... Son of Brenda and Allen Fortna ... Has one older brother, Dustin ... Majoring in economics and mathematics ... Chose to come to Pepperdine "to play volleyball against the best competition for Marv Dunphy" ... Cites winning the District XI Championship in high school as him most thrilling accomplishment in sports to date.
FAVORITES: Favorite pro volleyball player is Luke Murray ... Favorite pro sports team is the New York Yankees ... Favorite book is Talent is Overrated ... Favorite movie is Rudy ... Favorite TV show is Seinfeld ... Favorite band is Coldplay ... Favorite food is steel cut oatmeal ... Lists Jerry Rice as sports hero because of his "legendary work ethic and commitment to excellence" ... enjoys reading books about personal development.