The Waves ranked No. 5 in the AVCA and MPSF preseason polls earlier this month.
Colby Harriman led the squad with a career-high four service aces and 10 kills.
Men's Volleyball: No. 8 Pepperdine vs. No. 5 UC Irvine
NOLAN SHARP CAREER STATISTICS
PEPPERDINE 2016: Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete … Played in 15 matches and 31 sets as a libero or defensive specialist … Averaged 0.32 digs/set and 0.16 assists/set … Posted 10 digs and five assists throughout the season … One of the first Waves off the bench when in need of a defensive specialist … Tallied a career-best four digs and three assists in the season-opener against Concordia-Irvine (1/10) … Led the Waves in digs in one match.
USA VOLLEYBALL/CLUB: Played for the Youth Continental Team in 2013 … Finished 5th overall at the USA High Performance Tournament … Played for SCVS from ages 12 through 18 … Helped the team to 5th place at national in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015 … Named an All-Tournament selection at nationals in 2013.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from El Segundo HS in 2015 … In his senior campaign, broke the school records in digs and aces in both the career and single season categories … Named All-CIF First Team and All-Ocean League Defensive Player of the Year in 2015 … In his senior campaign, tallied 5.6 digs/set, .73 aces/set and 1.2 assists/set for ESHS … In junior season, earned All-CIF Honorable Mention and in both his junior and sophomore seasons was named All-Pioneer League Defensive Player of the Year (three consecutive times) … In freshman season, named All-Pioneer League Second Team … Led El Segundo to League Championship titles in 2013, 2014 and 2015 … Helped ESHS to a CIF Division 3 Championship in 2015 … Also ran cross countries for four seasons and was named Freshman MVP … Listed as a four-year scholar-athlete and finished in the top eight percent of his graduating class.
PERSONAL: Studying International Business at Pepperdine … Son of Stephen and Shaun Sharp … Has two siblings, Ryan and Logan … Said he chose Pepperdine “for the amazing coaching and top level volleyball environment, as well as the great academic opportunities the school can offer.”
FAVORITES: Favorite professional athlete is Kobe Bryant … Favorite professional team is the Lakers … Favorite book is Harry Potter … Favorite movie is Elf … Favorite TV show is How I Met Your Mother … Favorite musical artist is Justin Timberlake … Favorite food is pizza … Favorite sports other than volleyball is soccer … Favorite hobbies outside of volleyball include soccer, running and sailing … Favorite thrilling personal sports moment was when El Segundo came back from an 0-2 set deficit and with the score at 17-22 in the third set, to win the CIF title 3-2.