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 wins 2012 AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championship
AVCA Collegiate Sand Championships - Day One Photos by Colette Boehm
SAND 2012: Transferred to Pepperdine in January 2012 ... Won the first-ever AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Pairs Championship along with partner Caitlin Racich ... 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 of Long Beach state ... Came up with 17 kills, 11 digs, five blocks in the contest ... 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 23 kills and 26 digs versus Elyse Chubb and Lizzie Theesfeld on March 28 ... Season high six aces achieved on March 18 versus Victoria Adelhelm and Kellie Woolever ... Tallied six blocks against Jane Croson and Ashley Lee on April 14.
WASHINGTON INDOOR 2011: Spent fall semester playing indoor volleyball for Washington ... Averaged 1.56 kills and 2.23 digs as a starting outside hitter for the Huskies ... Washington finished the season with a 24-8 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
USA VOLLEYBALL: Became the first athlete, male or female, to win both the FIVB Youth World Championships and the FIVB Junior World Championships in the same year in 2010, going a combined 14-0 over both tourneys ... That unprecedented dual feat helped earn her the 2010 USA Volleyball Beach Female Athlete of the Year, the first time the award was ever given to a junior player ... Nominated for the United States Olympic Committee SportsWoman of the Year in 2010 ... Distinguished herself as arguably the best junior beach volleyball player in the world during the 2010 season ... Made history when she and Jane Croson became the first U.S. team to win the gold medal at the FIVB Youth (Under-19) World Championships on Aug. 1, 2010 in Porto, Portugal ... Topped that achievement when she and partner Tara Roenicke became the first U.S. team to win the gold medal at the FIVB Junior (Under-21) World Championships in Alanya, Turkey, while Ross was still just 17 years old ... Along with Roenicke, qualified for the main draw of two AVP Tour pro beach events in 2010, becoming the youngest duo ever to make the main draw, and competed in the main draw against Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor ... Featured in Sports Illustrated's "Faces In The Crowd" after her Junior World Championships victory ... Placed fifth in both the 2009 FIVB Youth and Junior World Championships ... Placed ninth with Croson at the 2008 FIVB World Junior Championships in England, the youngest pair ever to compete.
CLUB: Played club ball for Encinitas WAVE from 2005-07, then played for Laguna Beach in 2008, followed by two years playing for Coast VBC in 2009-10 ... Coast VBC took fifth in the 18 Open division in both 2009 and 2010 at the USAV Girls' Junior National Championships.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Carlsbad Seaside Academy a semester early and was the 2011 valedictorian ... Ranked #15 on PrepVolleyball.com's Senior Aces list in 2010 ... Listed among Volleyball Magazine's "Fab 50" high school players ... Played for Carlsbad High School as a freshman and sophomore ... Carlsbad placed fifth at the CIF D-I state championships in 2007 after winning the Avocado League ... Ross was named a Palomar League first team selection as a sophomore as Carlsbad won the league title in 2008.
PERSONAL: Born in Carlsbad, California ... Daughter of Kathy and Tony Ross ... Older brother, Chase, was an outside hitter on the men's volleyball team ... Chose Pepperdine because "it's a Christian school, has a sand volleyball team with a great team and coaches, is located close to the beach and is close to home."
FAVORITES: Enjoys playing piano, swimming and biking.