Lara Dykstra
Lara  Dykstra


Redondo Beach, Calif.

High School:
Redondo Union HS

Last College:




No. 3 Waves to Open NCAA Championships with No. 6 Long Beach State

The Waves faced the 49ers twice this season, winning both.


Beach Volleyball Season Begins Saturday with USC, UCLA

The Waves have winning all-time records against both USC (8-7 since 2012) and UCLA (3-2 since 2013).


114 Waves Make WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll

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


Waves Head to Gulf Shores for First-Ever NCAA Tournament

The Waves have won two AVCA national championships in 2012 and 2014.


Larsen, Woolever Repeat as AVCA All-Americans

Team Kell(i)ey ends their three-year run as a pair as AVCA All-Americans


Sand Volleyball: AVCA All-Americans & Pairs Championship

Sand Volleyball: AVCA All-Americans & Pairs Championship (Photos by Xtreme Photo FX/Bobby McDuffie)


Sand Volleyball: AVCA National Championship vs. Florida State

Pepperdine def. Florida State, 4-1, in the quarterfinals of the AVCA National Championship (Photos by Bobby McDuffie)


Sand Volleyball: Waves Win AVCA National Championship

Waves top Florida State to reclaim the national championship crown. (Photos by Xtreme Photo FX/Bobby McDuffie)


Sand Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. Long Beach State

Sand Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. Long Beach State (Photos by Ron Hall)


Sand Volleyball: Pepperdine at USAV Collegiate Challenge

Pepperdine at USAV Collegiate Challenge in Hermosa Beach (Photos by Tyler Daugherty/USAV)

CAREER: Ended Pepperdine career with a three-season record of 75-20 (.789) ... Win total ranks fifth in program history, while winning percentage ranks ninth ... Two-time AVCA Sand Volleyball All-American ... Won the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Team Championship in the spring of 2014 while playing in the No. 2 spot in the lineup alongside Becca Strehlow ... Reached the quarterfinals of the 2014 AVCA National Pairs Championship alongside Strehlow ... Went 47-13 (.783) in two years with Strehlow ... Spent first two seasons playing indoor volleyball at Nebraska ... Totaled 770 digs in two years as the libero, for a 3.34 digs/set average.

SAND 2015: Produced a 27-8 record as a senior ... Win total ranked second on the squad ... Paired with Becca Strehlow for a 24-6 record ... Duo went 3-0 when playing at No. 1 and 11-3 from the No. 2 spot ... Runner-up champion at the USAV Collegiate Challenge in Chula Vista, falling to teammates Kellie Woolever and Kelley Larsen in the finals ... Won the Palmetto Invitational Gold Bracket, defeating Woolever and Larsen in the semifinals and FIU's Kristine Monforte and Summer Nash in the finals ... Runner-up champs in the Gold Bracket of the USAV Collegiate Challenge in Hermosa Beach, falling to eventual national champions Sara Hughes and Kelly Claes of USC ... Represented the Waves in the 16-team AVCA Collegiate National Pairs Championship for the third-straight season, including the second year in a row alongside Strehlow ... Went 3-2 during the team portion of the national championships ... Also teamed up with Delaney Knudsen for a 3-2 record.

PEPPERDINE 2014: AVCA Sand Volleyball All-American for the second-straight season ... Played exclusively with Becca Strehlow, going 23-7 overall and 16-3 in dual play ... Tallied a 7-1 record while playing No. 1 and a 9-2 record from the No. 2 spot in the lineup ... Produced a perfect 3-0 record during the team portion of the national championships, including dual clinchers vs. USC in the semifinals and Florida State in the finals ... Topped Stephanie and Kristina Pellitteri 24-22, 21-17 to secure the 3-2 win vs. the Seminoles and clinch the AVCA National Championship ... Reached the Gold Bracket finals of the Sand in the City Tournament, and advanced to the semifinals at both USAV Collegiate Challenge events ... Opened the season with a 21-17, 21-14 win over Sara Hughes and Kirby Burnham (3/8), the eventual national pairs champions ... Sent down 17 kills vs. Karissa Cook and Brittany Tiegs (3/15) ... Collected a season-high 18 digs vs. the Pellitteri sisters in the national championship team finals (5/2) ... Defeated Dagnija Medina and Kim Hildreth of North Florida in the opening round of the AVCA National Pairs Championship before bowing out to the eventual runner-up, Cook and Tiegs, 19-21, 21-15, 15-13 in the quarterfinals ... Tallied 18 kills vs. Delaney Aigner-Swesey and Bojana Todorovic of Long Beach State (4/3).

PEPPERDINE 2013: Transferred to Pepperdine to play sand volleyball in January 2013 after playing two seasons of indoor volleyball at Nebraska ... AVCA Sand Volleyball All-American ... Partnered with Caitlin Racich at the No. 2 spot in the lineup ... Posted a 24-5 record together ... Went 19-1 in dual play ... Went 3-0 during the team portion of the AVCA National Championship ... Clinched the team win vs. Florida State (3/14) with a 15-21, 21-14, 16-14 win vs. Aurora Davis and Fatma Yildrim ... Dished an ace at match point for the win ... Tallied a season-high 19 kills vs. Cinnamon Sary and Katie Fuller of USC (3/26) ... Picked up a season-best 27 digs in that same match ... Surpassed 20 digs on three occasions ... Averaged 6.11 digs/set and 5.57 kills/set ... Played one match with Kelley Larsen at No. 2 vs. Grand Canyon (3/15) and won ... Represented the Waves alongside Racich at the 2013 AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball Pairs Championship but fell in the first round ... Reached the semifinals of the gold bracket at both USAV Collegiate Challenge events in 2013.

NEBRASKA 2012: Helped Nebraska to a 26-7 record and an appearance in the NCAA Regional Finals ... Totaled 371 digs as a sophomore for a 3.09 digs/set average ... Surpassed double-digit digs totals on 23 occasions and met the 20+ dig plateau three times ... Picked up a season-best 24 digs against Michigan (11/2) ... Saw action in 32 matches and 120 sets ... Credited with a kill vs. Minnesota (10/14) and Michigan (11/2) ... Tallied 24 total aces and registered two aces in a single match on six occasions ... Distributed six assists against Notre Dame (8/26) ... Totaled 50 assists on the season.

NEBRASKA 2011: Led the Huskers to a 25-5 record and an appearance in the NCAA Regional Semifinals ... Set the NU freshman single-season digs record with 399 and finished second on the freshman single-season digs/set list with 3.59 ... Averaged 3.59 digs, 0.33 assists and 0.14 service aces per set ... Recorded 15 or more digs eight times in 2011 ... Appeared in all 30 matches ... Opened the season with one of her most impressive matches, recording 28 digs against New Mexico State in helping the Huskers to a 3-2 win ... Reached double figures 22 times, including her season-high performance against New Mexico State ... Recorded a season-best two aces twice in 2011, with the last coming at Iowa, in helping the Huskers clinch their first Big Ten title ... Ranked third on the team in service aces.

USA VOLLEYBALL: Placed ninth alongside Becca Strehlow at the 2010 FIVB Beach Youth World Championships in Portugal ... Represented the USA at the 2008 FIVB Youth/Junior World Championship in the The Hague, Netherlands ... Played alongside Strehlow at the 2013 FIVB U21 World Championships in Umag, Croatia ... Won silver alongside FSU's Jace Pardon at the 2014 FIVB U23 World Championships in Myslowice, Poland ... Made way through qualifying to compete in the main draw of the 2014 AVP Manhattan Beach Open.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Redondo Union High School and enrolled at Nebraska in January 2011 ... CIF Division I-AA Player of the Year in 2010 ... Made the Under Armour Girls' High School All-American watch list ... ESPN RISE Volleyball All-American honorable mention ... Led high school squad to a Harbor League title in 2010 with a 29-8 record and carried team to the state semifinals ... Played indoor club volleyball for Sports Shack, and won the 2010 USAV Girls' Junior National Championship.

PERSONAL: Daughter of Lisa and Joe ... Has three sisters, Jenna, Devon and Skylar, and one brother, Joey ... Father played basketball at Western Illinois and was a ninth-round draft pick for the Phoenix Suns in 1983. Later went on to play professionally in Europe ... Jenna played collegiate volleyball at Davidson ... Devon and Skylar both played indoor volleyball for UCLA ... Brother Joey played volleyball for USC for two seasons before turning to professional beach volleyball ... Chose Pepperdine because "I wanted to be a part of a great sand volleyball team, get a great education and be closer to home" ... Majoring in creative writing ... Hopes to play professional beach volleyball after college while writing for a magazine.

FAVORITES: Favorite movie is The Notebook ... Favorite foods are salmon and asparagus ... Favorite professional sports team is the Los Angeles Lakers ... Favorite book is the Bible ... Favorite sport other than volleyball is basketball ... Favorite professional volleyball player is Misty May-Treanor ... Favorite professional athlete is Stephen Curry ... Favorite TV show is New Girl ... Favorite musical artist is Of Monsters and Men.

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Posted by Pepperdine Sand Volleyball on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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