Emily Tanaka
Emily  Tanaka


Kailua, Hawaii

High School:
'Iolani School





Visalli Named to WCC All-Academic Team

Visalli has been named to every WCC All-Academic team since she became eligible as a sophomore.


Season Outlook: Pepperdine Women's Soccer

The Waves play their first home game on Aug. 25 against Texas Tech.


109 Waves Named to WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll

Women's soccer led all teams with 17 honorees.


Thirteen Student-Athletes Named Arthur Ashe Sports Scholars

More than 1,000 student-athletes were nominated from across the nation.


114 Waves Make WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll

Student-athletes were recognized for achieving a 3.0 grade-point average or better.


Women's Soccer vs. Portland

The Waves celebrated Senior Day and a WCC title on Saturday. Photos by Stephen Wandzura and Blake Rovai.

Tanaka Career Stats Get Acrobat Reader

PEPPERDINE 2016: Appeared in nine games for the Waves as a junior, starting one … Played 111 minutes on the season … Was an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar and a Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete.

Appeared in nine games, making three starts as a sophomore in 2015 … Scored one goal for the Waves against Cal Poly (9/27) in a 1-1 draw … Took four shots, putting one on target … Played 190 minutes … Earned WCC Commissioner’s Honor Roll silver honors and was named a Pepperdine Scholar Athlete … Also earned Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar recognition.

PEPPERDINE 2014: Did not see playing time for the Waves in 2014.

Played six years with the Honolulu Bulls under head coach Phil Neddo ... Team won the Hawaii State Championship in 2013 and 2014 ... Were West Coast Regional semi-finalist in 2013.

HIGH SCHOOL: Prepped four varsity seasons at `Iolani School under head coach Kristin Masunaga ... Named All-Interscholastic League of Honolulu first team as a junior and senior ... Earned All-State honorable mention as a junior and senior ... Was a Gatorade Player of the Year nominee ... Was a Walter Goo Award winner for her success both on the field and academically ... Helped lead team to a 2013 State Championship ... Team won league championships in 2013 and 2014.

PERSONAL: Born in Honolulu, Hawaii to Tod Tanaka and Kathryn Matayoshi ... Has one brother, Kevin ... Majoring in political science ... Says she chose Pepperdine, "because of the high academic standard, competitive soccer program and gorgeous campus."

FAVORITES: Athlete: Mia Hamm ... Pro Team: FC Barcelona ... Book: The Great Gatsby, Pride and Prejudice ... Movie: She's the Man ... TV Shows: Friends, The Good Wife, Suits ... Food: Pepperoni Pizza ... Sport (besides soccer): Volleyball

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