The Waves have won two AVCA national championships in 2012 and 2014.
Pepperdine opens defense of its national title on Friday morning vs. Georgia State.
The Waves hosts the 49ers on Wednesday, before concluding the regular season in Hermosa Beach this weekend.
Pepperdine in action twice more at home, April 4 and April 8, before concluding the regular season at the USAV Collegiate Challenge in Hermosa Beach.
The Waves play in Honolulu for the first time in program history this weekend, but face familiar foes in Hawaii and Loyola Marymount.
Pepperdine def. Florida State, 4-1, in the quarterfinals of the AVCA National Championship (Photos by Bobby McDuffie)
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)
CAREER: Became Pepperdine's first sand volleyball scholarship recipient when the Waves announced they would sponsor the sport in its first season at the NCAA level ... Two-time AVCA All-American in sand volleyball ... Inaugural AVCA National Pairs Champion in 2012 with partner Summer Ross ... Won the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Team Championship in the spring of 2012 while playing in the No. 1 spot in the lineup alongside Ross ...Won the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Team Championship in the spring of 2014 while playing in the No. 3 spot in the lineup alongside Delaney Knudsen ... Left squad ranked #1 in the program record book with a career win tally of 77 ...Through two seasons on the indoor squad, appeared in 23 matches and 67 sets ... Averaged 1.70 kills, 1.60 digs and .36 blocks.
SAND 2014: Went 18-8 in final season with the Waves, including a 14-5 tally in dual matches ... Paired with Delaney Knudsen for an 11-6 record (9-4 in duals) ... Also played alongside sister Taylor Racich for a 7-2 record ... Found mostly in the No. 3 spot in the lineup, going 13-5 ... Won in sole appearance at No. 2 ... Defeated Sam Hirschmann and Natasja Siljkovic of USC, 21-18, 21-16 during the semifinals of the AVCA National Championship (5/2) ... Tallied 21 kills and 13 digs in a 21-19, 19-21, 15-8 triumph over Rachelle Suaava and Taylor Akana of LMU (3/20) ... Reached the pairs championship quarterfinals at both USV Collegiate Challenge events, as well as the Sand in the City tournament.
SAND 2013: AVCA Sand Volleyball All-American for the second-straight season ... Partnered with Lara Dykstra 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 ... Reached the semifinals of the gold bracket at both USAV Collegiate Challenge events in 2013 ... Posted a season-high 18 kills against Cinnamon Sary and Katie Fuller of USC during the quarterfinals of the AVCA National Team Championship ... Surpassed double-digits in digs four times including a season-best 13 against Hawaii's Ashley Kastl and Jane Croson (4/6) ... Averaged 5.29 kills/set, 3.49 digs/set and 0.97 service aces/set ... Represented the Waves at the 2013 AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball Pairs Championship but fell in the first round ... Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete ... Honored as the Wave of the Year for outstanding contributions in spirit and service to the athletics program.
SAND 2012: Won the first-ever AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Pairs Championship along with partner Summer Ross ... Rallied back from a 11-14 deficit in the third set of the title match to win 16-14 vs. Tara Roenicke and Caitlin Ledoux ... Member of the inaugural AVCA All-American class ... Went 35-3 overall including 15-2 in duals ... Went 20-1 in pairs play ... 29-0 in two set matches ... 6-3 in three set matches ... Battled Roenicke and Ledoux six times throughout the course of the year, and won the season series 4-2 ... Placed second to Aurora Newgard and Brittany Tiegs of Florida State during the pairs championship of the USC Tournament ... Won pairs titles at the USA Volleyball Collegiate Challenge and the Pepperdine vs. USC dual ... Won the No. 1 Flight at the USC Tournament on March 17 ... Finished the season on a 16 match win streak ... Posted a season high 20 kills versus Roenicke and Ledoux on March 17 ... Credited with a season-high 35 digs against Elyse Chubb and Lizzie Theesfeld on April 28 ... Handed out 11 aces to Haleigh Hampton and Libby Fontanilla on April 5 ... Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete.
INDOOR 2010: Appeared in four matches and five sets ... Recorded one kill vs. Eastern Kentucky (9/11) at the UNLV Invitational ... Tallied a dig against Stanford (8/28) at the MCM Elegante Classic, and against Eastern Kentucky (9/11) at the UNLV Invitational ... During spring 2011, won the "gold" bracket of the USA Volleyball Collegiate Challenge, a sand event, with Kim Hill ... Earned WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "bronze" honors.
INDOOR 2009: Won a starting position on the outside midway through the year as a freshman ... Averaged 1.82 kills and 1.69 digs ... Started 15 of 19 matches and played in 62 sets ... Had four matches with double-figure kills and five with double-figure digs ... Had two kill-dig double-doubles ... Recorded season highs of 15 kills vs. San Francisco (10/22), 12 digs at Loyola Marymount (11/13), three blocks (several times) and two service aces (twice) ... Part of a freshman class ranked #12 by prepvolleyball.com ... Earned WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "bronze" honors ... During spring 2010, took second place in the "gold" bracket of the USA Volleyball Collegiate, a sand event, with Kiah Fiers.
USA VOLLEYBALL: Played on the USA Beach Volleyball Youth National Team in 2008 and 2009 ... Was a member of the U.S. Junior National Beach Volleyball Team and competed at the 2011 FIVB Junior World Beach Championships in Nova Scotia, Canada.
CLUB: Played five years with the Santa Barbara Volleyball Club ... Team took fifth place at the 2006 Junior Olympics and first place at the 2009 MLK Tournament.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Dos Pueblos High School, located in Goleta, Calif., in 2009 ... Played three years on the varsity ... Ranked #70 on prepvolleyball.com's "Senior Aces" list ... A three-time All-Channel League first teamer ... Made multiple all-tournament teams ... Earned a Phil Womble Sportsmanship Award ... Team won Channel League titles in 2007 and 2008 and was a CIF finalist in 2008 ... Named Dos Pueblos' Senior of the Year and was a member of the National Honors Society and the California Scholastic Federation.
PERSONAL: Born in Santa Barbara, Calif. ... Daughter of Randy and Linda Racich ... Has four siblings: Chase, Tristan, Taylor and Cole ... Sister Taylor is a member of Pepperdine's indoor and sand volleyball teams ... Chase played water polo at UC Santa Barbara ... Tristan is a member of the Azusa Pacific volleyball squad ... Named the 2007 East Beach Junior Lifeguard of the Year ... Studied abroad Buenos Aires, Argentina and in Spain ... Aspires to play professional beach volleyball after college and to coach and teach after that ... Chose Pepperdine because of "the volleyball program, the coaches, great academics and the beautiful location."
FAVORITES: Enjoys the beach, surfing, beach volleyball, boating to the Channel Islands and tennis ... Favorite pro volleyball player is Nicole Branagh ... Favorite pro sports team is the Los Angeles Lakers ... Favorite movies are Bridesmaids and Wedding Crashers ... Favorite TV shows are Planet Earth and So You Think You Can Dance ... Favorite musical artists are John Mayer and Coldplay ... Favorite foods are frozen yogurt and Mexican... Favorite things about volleyball are "it's fast paced and exciting."