The Waves have winning all-time records against both USC (8-7 since 2012) and UCLA (3-2 since 2013).
USC, Florida State, UCLA, Pepperdine and Hawai'i round out the top-five.
Student-athletes were recognized for achieving a 3.0 grade-point average or better.
The Waves will take on No. 4 UCLA to begin the elimination bracket on May 7.
For non-television matches, the NCAA Tournament will be streamed live on NCAA.com.
Waves top Florida State to reclaim the national championship crown. (Photos by Xtreme Photo FX/Bobby McDuffie)
Sand Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. Long Beach State (Photos by Ron Hall)
Pepperdine at USAV Collegiate Challenge in Hermosa Beach (Photos by Tyler Daugherty/USAV)
Sand Volleyball: USAV Beach Collegiate Challenge Pairs Championship (Photo by USAV/Tyler Daugherty)
Sand Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. CSU Bakersfield - Photos courtesy of USA Volleyball/Tyler Daugherty
SAMANTHA CASH CAREER STATISTICS
CAREER: Completed four-year indoor career averaging 2.15 kills earned at a .324 hitting percentage, and a blocks average of 1.06 … Totaled 447 blocks to rank third in program history … Block assists total of 415 ranks second … Career hitting percentage ranks seventh … Has appeared in 112 matches and 420 sets … Freshman season blocks total of 142 was just one block short of tying the program record set by Sophia Milo in 2005 … Totaled 903 kills … Member of the 2014 AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball national championship winning squad and of the team that earned a spot in the inaugural field of eight at the first-ever NCAA Beach Volleyball Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala. in 2016 … In three seasons of beach competition with the Waves, finished her career with a 45-17 overall record, including a 29-6 dual record and 16-11 pairs outing.
BEACH 2016: WCC All-Academic first team … Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete … WCC Commissioner’s Honor Roll “gold” honors … Finished her senior season with a 21-4 overall dual record from the number five position alongside junior partner Sarah Seiber … Went 10-4 when playing against opponents from a nationally ranked squad … Helped the Waves earn a spot in the inaugural field of eight at the first-ever NCAA Beach Volleyball Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala. … Helped lead the team to win the inaugural West Coast Conference Tournament Championship crown in Santa Monica, Calif. … Led the Waves to a #1 AVCA national ranking after taking down then-top-ranked USC with a 14-21, 21-11, 22-20 win over Jo Kremer and Zoe Nightingale in the five spot in the first tournament of the season … Undefeated through the first 14 matches of the season … Went undefeated in the WCC Championships with three straight wins to earn the title … Garnered an 18-21, 21-12, 15-9 win over Hailey Devlin and MacKenzie Kleespies in the 3-1 win over #6 Arizona in the NCAA Championships first round.
SAND 2015: Posted a 15-8 record, including 4-1 in dual play ... Teamed up with Leanna Schroeder for a 10-7 record ... Won the bronze bracket at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational (3/7) and the copper bracket at the USAV Collegiate Challenge (4/12) alongside Schroeder ... Earned a spot in the dual lineup at the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball Championships, teaming up with Corinne Quiggle at No. 5 for a 4-1 record ... Defeated USC's Jenna Belton and Bria Russ at the national championship (5/1), 21-15, 22-20, marking the Trojan pairs' only loss of the season in dual play ... Posted eight blocks in a two set win vs. Delaney Rohan and Natalie Wilson of Georgia State (5/1) to open the national championships.
INDOOR 2014: All-WCC honorable mention ... Senior CLASS Award top-30 candidate ... Preseason All-WCC pick ... UC Irvine and Residence Inn Invite All-Tournament selection ... Ranked fourth on the team with 2.15 kills/set for a total of 238 ... Led the Waves and ranked sixth in the WCC with a .317 (239-73-524) hitting percentage ... Paced Pepperdine with 117 blocks (1.05 blocks/set) ... Scored 10 or more points in 12 of the final 14 matches and in 17 contests overall ... Led Pepperdine with 37 aces, tied for the seventh most in the rally scoring era at Pepperdine ... Aces average of 0.33 ranked tied for second in the WCC ... Led the Waves in kills with a season-best 16 at Portland (10/4) and 12 vs. Pacific (11/20) ... Surpassed double figures in kills on 10 occasions ... Swung at a .733 (11-0-15) clip at Gonzaga (11/1) ... Threw the roof on 10 times at Saint Mary's (9/25) ... Credited with at least two blocks in all but two matches ... Handed out four aces in a single match twice ... Season-high dig total set at five vs. Utah State (9/5) ... Other season totals include 19 assists, 54 digs and 339 points ... Points total ranked second on the squad ... Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete ... Earned WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "bronze" honors.
SAND 2014: Went 9-5 in first season on the sand volleyball team ... Tallied a 4-1 record in dual play ... Partnered with Emily Cook for a 3-2 record, including a 2-0 tally from the No. 4 spot in the dual lineup ... Teamed with Taylor Racich for a 5-3 record ... Tallied a 1-1 record with Racich while playing at No. 5 ... Also won in lone match alongside Sophie Asprey ... Won the USAV Collegiate Challenge (Hermosa Beach) Copper Bracket pairs championship with Racich (4/13) ... Allowed just 10 points per set en route to the title ... Tallied a season-high 16 kills vs. Joy Miley and Makayla Taylor of Long Beach State (4/3) ... Picked up a season-best 12 digs in season opener vs. Cal State Northridge's Julie Haake and Stefﬁ Miller.
INDOOR 2013: All-West Coast Conference first-team selection ... Pepperdine Invitational All-Tournament Team ... Blocks average of 1.31 ranked third in the WCC and 38th in the NCAA ... Blocks average also ranks second in Pepperdine's single season (rally scoring era only) record book ... Season hitting percentage of .337 (208-55-454) led the team, ranked fourth in the conference and 10th in the Waves' program history ... Blocks total of 119 ranks 10th in the single-season Pepperdine annals ... Tallied a career-high 11 blocks vs. Loyola Marymount (11/16) which ranks tied for fourth in Pepperdine's single-match (rally scoring era only) record book ... Put down a season-best 14 kills in back-to-back matches at Pacific (10/10) and Saint Mary's (10/12) ... Posted nine kills on 12 errorless swings vs. Iona (8/31) for a hitting percentage of .750 ... Recorded five or more blocks in 14 matches ... Set a season high with six digs vs. the Lions (11/16) ... Surpassed double digits in kills on nine occasions ... Appeared in 23 matches and 91 sets ... Totaled 208 kills, 15 assists, eight aces, 40 digs and 119 blocks as a junior ... Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete ... Earned WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "bronze" honors.
INDOOR 2012: Averaged 1.96 kills and 0.70 blocks as a sophomore ... Saw action in 98 sets and 27 matches ... Forced to miss five matches due to an ankle injury ... Totaled 192 kills hitting .295, 26 assists, seven aces, 39 digs, 69 blocks and 237.0 points ... Dished out a season-high 14 kills vs. Illinois (8/25) ... Led team with 10 kills in an exhibition match vs. the Chinese professional team Jiangsu (8/31) ... Picked up a career record nine digs vs. Saint Mary' (11/1) ... Season high in blocks set at six vs. Loyola Marymount (11/8) ... Tallied 13 kills while hitting .462 against Dayton (11/30) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament .... Set a career high with three aces vs. North Dakota State (11/20) ... Credited with at least one block in all but two match appearances ... Earned WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "bronze" honors.
INDOOR 2011: WCC Freshman of the Year ... All-WCC first team selection ... Ranked first on team and second in WCC with 1.18 blocks/set ... Averaged 1.40 blocks/set in conference matches ... 142.0 total blocks ranks second in the Pepperdine singles season rally scoring era record book ... Tallied at least two rejections in all but three matches ... Terminated 264 kills for a 2.20 kill/set average ... Tacked down a career-best 17 kills vs. USC (12/10) at the NCAA Tournament Regional Final ... Hit for a .343 hitting percentage which ranks in the top-10 in a single season at Pepperdine ... Dished a season-best five assists against the Trojans in the season finale ... Eclipsed double-digit kill totals on nine occasions ... Registered a career-high .769 (10-0-13) clip vs. Air Force (11/22) which ranks as the fifth-best in the Waves' single match rally scoring era record book ... Paced Pepperdine at Gonzaga (9/24) with 16 kills earned on a .542 hitting percentage ... Totaled 34 digs ... Started in all 32 matches and 120 sets.
USA VOLLEYBALL: Captain of the USA Youth Olympic Team that won a silver medal at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in August 2010 ... Won a gold medal at the NORCECA Championships in Tijuana, Mexico in July 2010 with the U.S. Junior National Team ... Captain of the 2011 U.S. Junior National A2 Team that toured Europe and won the gold medal at the Global Challenge in Pula, Croatia ... Team also won the bronze medal at the 2011 Junior National Championships ... A member of the 2009 U.S. Youth National A2 Team that won gold at the Team USA High Performance Championships ... Member of the 2012 U.S. National A2 team that competed in Columbus, Ohio in July ... Made roster for the U.S. Beach U21 National Training Team.
CLUB: Played with Coast Volleyball Club from 2007-2011 ... Placed 11th with the 17s at the 2009 Junior National Championship Open Division ... Has led the 18-1 team to several top-10 finishes in last two seasons and earned a bid to the 2011 Junior National Championships in Atlanta.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Canyon Crest Academy in 2011 ... Part of a recruiting class ranked #9 by Prepvolleyball.com ... AVCA Under Armour Girls' High School All-America honorable mention ... Also named a high school All-American by Prepvolleyball.com and was ranked #65 on its "Senior Aces" list ... As a senior, was the North County Times and Valley League Player of the Year ... A three-time All-CIF Division 3 first team selection ... Earned All-League distinction in the North County Conference as a senior ... Led Canyon Crest Academy to a North County Conference Valley League championship in 2010 and a runner up finish in the CIF San Diego Section ... Also lettered in soccer.
PERSONAL: Hails from San Diego, Calif. ... Born in Oklahoma City, Okla. ... Daughter of Alan and Kathy Cash ... Has two sisters, Alice and Gretchen ... Majoring in film studies ... Chose Pepperdine "because of the small school, religious environment"
FAVORITES: Enjoys painting and reading ... Loves "the unity of the sport of volleyball" ... Favorite pro volleyball players are Misty May-Treanor, Clay Stanley and Kerri Walsh ... Favorite books are those in the Game of Thrones series ... Favorite TV show is Game of Thrones ... Favorite foods are anything gluten free ... Favorite pro sports team is the San Diego Chargers ... Favorite movie is Monty Python and the Holy Grail ... Favorite musical artist is Augustana.