Pepperdine was the only institution that had all its competing pairs go undefeated throughout opening day.
The Waves have two AVCA titles. This will be the first time the team battles for a NCAA Championship crown.
No. 3 Pepperdine will challenge top-seeded USC in the next round at 1 p.m. PT on Saturday.
The Waves faced the 49ers twice this season, winning both.
This is the second-consecutive year the Waves have gone into the NCAA Championships as the No. 3-seed.
BVB: NCAA Championships Round One vs. Long Beach State
BVB: NCAA Championships Round Two: UCLA
Beach Volleyball: No. 2 Pepperdine vs. Grand Canyon, No. 5 Long Beach State
Beach Volleyball: No. 2 Pepperdine vs. Cal Poly, CSU Bakersfield
Beach Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. CSUN, Colorado Mesa
PEPPERDINE 2017: WCC All-Freshman Team … Amassed a 26-6 overall dual record with partner Anika Wilson for a .813 winning percentage … Posted a 14-6 record against nationally ranked opponents and tabbed a 51-17 sets record … At home (stats only kept at home), averaged 5.6 kills/set, 0.95 blocks/set and 1.25 aces/set … Led the Waves to a NCAA Championship runner-up finish and a second-consecutive West Coast Conference Championship title … Earned a spot in the USAV Collegiate Beach Pairs Championship and went undefeated through pool play to advance to the elimination bracket alongside Wilson … In the NCAA Tournament final against USC, Kraft and Wilson defeated Abril Bustamante and Joy Dennis 21-14, 21-17 in the first wave of competition … The duo defeated Hawai’i’s Ari Homayun and Carly Kan 9-21, 21-15, 15-9 to clinch the semifinal match and put the Waves in the NCAA final.
CLUB: Member WVBA U16-18 Mizuno … Finished 3rd at the Las Vegas US Open and 6th in AAU’s Nationals … Garnered Emerald City Classic 16 Open All-Tournament team honors … Picked up Emerald City U18 Open All-Tournament Team honors in 2015 and was named Emerald City MVP at the U18 Open in 2016 … Earned 18U All-American status at AAU’s in 2016.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Garfield High School in Seattle, Wash. in 2016 … Lettered three seasons as an outside hitter in the Metro League under head coach Jake Putnam … Throughout her three-year career at GHS, posted 151 sets played, 772 kills, 44 blocks, 382 digs and 125 aces … Garnered All-League MVP in her senior and junior campaigns … In her senior season, totaled 403 kills on a .306 hitting percentage, while adding 65 aces, 21 blocks and 230 digs … In her junior campaign, posted 369 kills on a .276 success rate, while adding 60 aces, 20 blocks and 152 digs … Also played soccer in high school and earned Rookie of the Year honors.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Tom Kraft and Mary Kraft … Has one sister, Carolyn … Majoring in Sport Administration ... Chose Pepperdine because of “the beautiful campus, the amazing beach volleyball team and incredible academics.
FAVORITE: Favorite professional athlete is Nick Lucena … Favorite movie is Zoolander … Favorite TV show is Modern Family … Favorite musical artist is Jack Johnson … Favorite food is a cheeseburger.