CAREER: Played in 154 sets and 52 matches in two seasons at Pepperdine.
PEPPERDINE 2011: Appeared in 74 sets and 25 matches ... Made eight starts ... Only player on the team to earn the starting role from multiple positions (middle blocker and opposite side hitter) ... Also used extensively as a serving specialist ... Served eight-straight points against Ohio State (1/10) to erase a 24-16 deficit ... Season highs include nine kills vs. UC San Diego (3/12), eight digs vs. Harvard (3/15), five blocks vs. USC (2/11) and two service aces at UC San Diego (2/4) ... Finished the season with 57 total kills, six aces, 31 digs and 25 blocks ... Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete ... MPSF All-Academic team selection.
PEPPERDINE 2010: Did not see any action and redshirted.
PEPPERDINE 2009: Appeared in 80 games and all 27 matches as a junior in his first season at Pepperdine ... Primarily came in as a serving specialist ... Recorded a total of six aces ... Briefly saw action at setter and had three assists against both UC San Diego (3/26) and Long Beach State (4/25) ... Recorded a kill on his only swing of the season vs. UCSD.
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE: Played two seasons at MPSF rival Cal State Northridge before transferring to Pepperdine ... Shared the setting duties as a 2007 freshman, as he played in 85 games and 31 matches ... Was second on the squad with 716 assists (8.42 per game) ... Posted season highs of 47 assists in three games (vs. California Baptist) and 51 assists in four games (vs. UC Santa Barbara) ... Appeared in only 22 games and 12 matches as a 2008 sophomore ... Recorded a season-high 26 assists in the season opener vs. Stanford.
CLUB: Played on a U-19 junior national team that traveled to Africa ... Competed at the adult nationals in Minneapolis in 2009.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Mount Carmel High School, located in Chicago, Ill., in 2006 ... A four-year starter on the men's volleyball team and a two-year team captain ... Also played football.
PERSONAL: Born in Evergreen Park, Ill. ... Son of Niels and Nancy Pedersen ... His father was previously the men's volleyball coach at Quincy University ... Has one brother, Niels ... Majoring in business administration.
FAVORITES: Enjoying going to the beach ... Favorite pro volleyball player is Lloy Ball ... Favorite TV show is Entourage ... Favorite movies are Gladiator and Transformers ... Favorite type of food is Chicago-style pizza ... Favorite sport other than volleyball is football ... Favorite things about volleyball are "it's fast-paced, it's exciting and it's a team sport."