Senior Matt Tarantino earned AVCA All-American second team honors.
Senior Matt Tarantino earned AVCA All-American second team honors.
This is Matt Tarantino's third All-MPSF recognition all-time.
Tarantino passed his single-match career-best in kills with 24 and aces with six tonights.
The Waves rallied back to pick up 31-29, 25-22 and 25-23 set scores.
Martin A. Folb's photos of the MPSF Championship match.
Martin A. Folb's photos of the Waves 3-1 MPSF semifinal victory over the Rainbow Warriors in Irvine, Calif.
MPSF Tournament quarterfinals: Pepperdine vs. UC Santa Barbara (Photos by Martin A. Folb)
Pepperdine vs. USC on April 2. Photos by Martin A. Folb.
Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. UCLA (Photos by Martin A. Folb)
CAREER: AVCA All-America second team (2016) … Three-time All-MPSF performer with one first team selection and two second team selections … MPSF All-Freshman team (2012) … AVCA National Player of the Week (3/18/14) … Three-time MPSF Player of the Week honoree (2016 – 3/14, 3/21; 2014 – 3/17) … In four seasons, played in 361 sets and started in 93 matches
of 98 matches played … Averaged 2.20 kills/set, 2.94 points/set, 0.24 aces/set, 0.69 digs/set and 0.92 blocks/set for the Waves … Totaled 796 kills and only 240 errors on 1,533 attempts for a .385 hitting percentage … Also amassed 333 total blocks with 25 solo rejections … Picked up 89 aces, 249 digs and 1,061 points throughout four seasons … Ranks 8th in the Waves’ record books in career hitting percentage with a .385 through the 2012-16 seasons … Tied for 5th in the record books with six aces in a single match vs. CSUN (4/2/16) … Tied for 6th in the single-match record books with a .812 hitting percentage after posting a 13-0-16 performance against Hawaii at home (1/15) … Finished his career with 30 double-figure kill matches, one double-figure block match, two double-figure dig matches and one double-double … Had a career-best 24 kills and six aces vs. CSUN (4/2/16) … Had a career-high 0.812 hitting percentage (13-0-16) against Hawaii (1/15/16), which ranks tied for 6th in the Pepperdine single-match record books … Had a career-high 11 blocks at Long Beach State in the MPSF Tournament first round (4/16/16) … Posted a career-high 11 blocks against USC (4/5/14).
PEPPERDINE 2016: AVCA All-American second team … All-MPSF first team … Back-to-back MPSF Player of the Week (3/14, 3/21) – was the only player in the MPSF to do so in 2016 … Played in all 90 sets and was one of three Waves to start in play all 24 matches … Averaged 4.61 points/set, 3.88 kills/set, 1.49 digs/set, 0.81 blocks/set, 0.30 aces/set and 0.19 assists/set … Posted a .309 hitting percentage after smashing down 349 kills with only 127 errors in 718 total attempts … Also amassed 73 total blocks with four solo efforts, 134 digs, 27 aces and 414.5 points for the Waves … Finished the season ranked nationally in five separate categories: 8th in points/set, 11th in kills/set, 35th in hitting percentage, 46th in aces/set and 49th in blocks/set … Tallied his only career double-double against UC Santa Barbara when he put up 21 kills and 10 digs, along with three aces … Led the team with 19 double-figure kill matches … Led the team in kills in 14 matches, aces in 12 matches, hitting percentage in eight matches, blocks in four matches and digs in three matches … Had a career-best 24 kills and six aces vs. CSUN (4/2) … Had a career-high .812 hitting percentage (13-0-16) against Hawaii (1/15), which ranks tied for 6th in the Pepperdine single-match record books … Had a career-high 11 blocks at Long Beach State in the MPSF Tournament first round (4/16) … Tallied over 20 kills in five separate matches … Marked 21 kills on a .459 hitting success rate with three aces at #3 Stanford in the Waves five-set upset in Palo Alto (3/6) … Posted 20 kills and three aces in Pepperdine’s upset over top-ranked BYU in Provo (3/19).
PEPPERDINE 2015: All-MPSF second-team performer for the second-straight year ... Appeared in 25 matches and 91 sets ... Missed the month of February on the disabled list ... Averaged 1.56 kills per set while hitting .428 (142 kills-35 assists-250 attempts) ... Hitting percentage ranked second in the league ... Charted 36 aces for a 0.40 average to rank second in the MPSF and 14th in the NCAA ... Aces total and average rank in the top-10 in Pepperdine's single-season history ... Averaged 0.88 blocks per set to rate 41st in the NCAA ... Had an attack error-free streak that began in the fourth set vs. UC Irvine on March 14 and lasted through 3+ matches, 16 sets, 33 kills and 52 attempts ... Put down 10 kills in back-to-back matches vs. Harvard (3/17) and BYU (3/20) without committing an attack error ... Posted a career-best four aces and five digs vs. George Mason (1/11) ... Credited with a season-high eight blocks vs. Cal State Northridge (1/21) ... Handed out three assists at Cal Baptist (1/14) ... Scored 220.5 points in 2015.
PEPPERDINE 2014: All-MPSF second team ... Named MPSF (3/17) and AVCA National (3/18) Player of the Week after averaging 2.56 kills while hitting .719 (23 kills-0 errors-32 attempts) with no attack errors in wins over UCLA (3/11) and UC Santa Barbara (3/14) ... Had an attack error-free streak that began on March 8 vs. Pacific and lasted through 3+ matches, 14 sets, 39 kills and 57 attempts ... Averaged 1.86 kills per set while hitting .406 (175-41-330) on the season ... Hitting percentage ranked eighth in the MPSF and 12th in the NCAA ... Credited with 95.0 blocks for a 1.01 average ... Blocks average ranks 14th in the MPSF and 22nd in the NCAA ... Surpassed double figures in kills five times, including the first three matches of the attack error-free streak ... Sent down a season-best 14 kills vs. Cal Baptist (2/22) ... Posted a career-best 11.0 blocks vs. USC (4/5) ... Tallied at least one block in 25 of the season's 26 matches ... Appeared 94 sets and 26 matches with 24 starts ... Totaled 175 kills, eight assists, 14 aces, 43 digs, 95.0 blocks and 240.0 points.
PEPPERDINE 2013: Redshirted as a sophomore.
PEPPERDINE 2012: MPSF All-Freshman team ... Played in 86 sets and 23 matches ... After coming to Pepperdine as an opposite side hitter, transitioned to the middle blocker position and won the starting spot part way through the season ... Made first career start at UC San Diego (1/27) and started in 21 matches .... Set a season-high with 11 kills earned on a .692 (11-2-13) attack percentage at Stanford (2/24) ... Eclipsed double-digit kill totals on four occasions ... Averaged 1.51 kills for a total of 130 as a freshman ... Recorded a season hitting percentage of .396 which ranked 11th in the MPSF ... Totaled nine service aces and 26 digs ... Averaged 0.99 blocks for a total of 85 ... Concluded the year with seven blocks at Stanford (4/21) ... Posted a season-best eight blocks vs. Pacific (3/31).
USA VOLLEYBALL: Two-year member of the U.S. Boys' Youth National Team ... In 2010, the BYNT placed second at the NORCECA Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico ... Won bronze at the 2011 Men's U19 Pan American Cup in Mexicali, Mexico ... Member of the 2012 U.S. Men's Junior National team that won a gold medal at the NORCECA Continental Championship in Colorado Springs, Colo.
CLUB: Played for Santa Monica Beach Volleyball Club's 14s, 16s, 17s and 18s squads.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Bishop Alemany High School in 2011 ... Four-year varsity letterwinner ... As a senior, broke the Bishop Alemany High School record for kills in one season with 510 ... A Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 selection, and was also named a Boys' High School Second Team All-American by VBM ... Senior accolades include Mission League MVP and All-CIF ... Earned second-team all-league honors as a freshman and junior ... Also played football for two seasons.
PERSONAL: Born in Mission Hills, Calif. ... Son of Vince and Shannyn Tarantino ... Has one brother, Anthony ... Father played football at Weber State ... Great grandfather, Buck Gilmore, was a member of the UCLA football team.
FAVORITES: Favorite pro volleyball player is Clay Stanley ... Favorite pro sports team is the Oakland Raiders ... Favorite book is Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss ... Favorite TV show is the Simpsons ... Favorite food is seafood ... Favorite sport other than volleyball is football ... Favorite movie is 300 ... Favorite musical artist is Bob Marley.