USC, Florida State, UCLA, Pepperdine and Hawai'i round out the top-five.
Pepperdine has earned the most AVCA All-American honors of any school in collegiate beach volleyball history with 16.
The Waves will take on No. 4 UCLA to begin the elimination bracket on May 7.
The Waves have won two AVCA national championships in 2012 and 2014.
The tournament will be aired live, showing the opening rounds on truTV on May 6 and 7 and on TBS for the championship match May 8 on TBS.
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
Pepperdine falls to Long Beach State 3-2 in the national championship finals. Photos by Eric Bouscher
TAYLOR RACICH CAREER STATISTICS
CAREER: An AVCA All-American first team selection in 2016 ... Through four seasons on the beach squad, is 69-29 (.704) overall and 49-19 (.721) in dual matches … Has played in all five
positions for the Waves, collecting producing a 16-8 record from the #1 spot, a 1-0 record from #2, a 4-1 record from both #3 and #5 and a 24-9 record from the #4 slot … In her first three seasons, Racich collected a 20-10 (.667) overall record when going up in pairs competition (Pepperdine did not compete in any pairs competitions in 2016) … 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 … Helped lead the team to win the inaugural West Coast Conference Tournament Championship crown in Santa Monica, Calif. in 2016 … Also a member of the indoor team in 2012 and 2013 … Appeared in 199 sets and 56 matches … Averaged 2.41 kills/set on a career hitting percentage of .217 … Also averaged 0.17 service aces and 0.59 blocks.
BEACH 2016: AVCA All-American first team … DiG Magazine All-American first team … All-WCC second team … Finished her senior season with a 16-8 overall dual record from the number one position alongside freshman partner Heidi Dyer … Went 6-7 against opponents from nationally ranked squads … 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 victory with two wins in the WCC Championships, defeating Rachelle Suava and Avery Bush 21-10, 21-12 in the semifinal round against Wells Fargo PCH Cup Rivals Loyola Marymount and then turning around to down Dalas Dodd and Lindsey Knudsen 19-21, 21-11, 15-12 in the finals versus Saint Mary’s.
SAND 2015: Produced an 18-9 record as a junior, including a 10-5 tally in dual matches ... Paired up with Sophie Asprey for a 12-8 overall record and a 7-5 tally while playing at No. 4 in the lineup ... Also played alongside Corrine Quiggle for a 6-1 overall record, including a perfect 5-0 at No. 5 ... Teamed up with Asprey to defeat Hawaii's No. 1 pair of Brittany Tiegs and Nikki Taylor in straight sets, 21-16, 21-19, in Honolulu (3/6) to earn entry into the Rainbow Wahine Invitational Gold Bracket draw ... Runner-up champion of the Silver Bracket at the Palmetto Invitational ... Reached the semifinals of the Bronze Bracket of the USAV Collegiate Challenge in Hermosa Beach, alongside Quiggle.
SAND 2014: Went 15-6 as a sophomore, including a 6-2 record in dual matches ... Paired with sister Caitlin Racich for a 7-2 record ... Also teamed with Samantha Cash (5-3) and Sophie Asprey (3-1) ... Went 4-1 with Caitlin from the No. 3 spot in the lineup and 1-0 while playing at No. 2 ... Won the USAV Collegiate Challenge (Hermosa Beach) Copper Bracket pairs championship with Cash (4/13) ... Allowed just 10 points per set en route to the title ... Reached the finals of the Sand in the City Silver Bracket pairs championship with Asprey, and settled for runner-up after falling to teammates Katie Messing and Emily Cook ... Dished 11 aces against Taylor Scioscia and Alyssa Walton of Loyola Marymount (3/20) ... Put down 17 kills in a 21-13, 27-25 triumph over Bakersfield's Shayna Guitare and Mariah Alvidrez (3/16).
INDOOR 2013: Appeared in all 26 matches and 98 sets ... Credited with 22 starts ... Averaged 2.59 kills/set and 0.85 blocks/set as a sophomore ... Selected to the Pepperdine Invitational All-Tournament Team after averaging 3.00 kills/set earned at a .342 clip ... Reached double figures in kills in 13 matches ... Put down a season-best 15 kills in matches vs. Santa Clara (9/19), Gonzaga (9/28 & 10/24) and Saint Mary's (11/7) ... Hit at a season-best .481 (15-2-27) vs. Gonzaga (10/24) ... Handed out three aces against Colorado State (9/7) and Santa Clara (9/19) ... Earned two kills-digs double doubles, both on 8/31 vs. Iona and Wisconsin ... Delivered 14 kill and a career-high 15 digs vs. Iona, followed by a 13 kills-10 digs effort vs. Wisconsin ... Tied a career-best with seven blocks vs. Louisville (9/14) ... Totaled 254 kills while hitting .242, 11 assists, 19 aces, 83 digs and 47 blocks as a sophomore.
SAND 2013: Partnered with both Victoria Adelhelm and Emily Cook for a combined record of 20-6 ... Went 16-3 overall alongside Adelhelm, including 14-2 from the No. 4 spot in the lineup ... Opened partnership with Adelhelm part way through the season with 13 consecutive wins ... Defeated Hawaii's No. 1 team of Jane Croson and Ashley Castl 21-14, 21-17 in pairs play in Malibu on April 6 ... Went 2-1 with Adelhelm at the AVCA National Championship ... Clinched the dual, 3-2, vs. Florida State (5/4) during the semifinals of the national championship with a straight-set victory ... Teamed up with Cook for a 4-3 record ... Averaged a team-high 1.88 service aces/set ... Notched a season-best nine aces in a win versus USC's Brooke Fournier and Natasa Siljkovic ... Tallied five or more aces in a single match seven times ... Posted a season-high 21 kills against Jocelyn Neely and Lauren Minkel of Long Beach State (3/21) ... Averaged 10.57 digs/set at the AVCA National Championship ... Averaged 6.45 digs/set on the year with a season-best of 26 versus Minkel and Neely during the national championship finals (5/4).
INDOOR 2012: West Coast Conference All-Freshman Team selection ... Saw action in 30 matches and 101 sets ... Averaged 2.24 kills and 1.59 digs ... Credited with 32 aces for an average of 0.32 ... In first career start vs. Cal State Fullerton (9/1), pounded home a season high 17 kills earned on a .438 hitting percentage ... Surpassed double-digit kill totals on 10 occasions ... Achieved the kills-digs double-double in five matches ... Reached the 10+ plus digs plateau six times ... Season-high of 14 digs set at UC Santa Barbara (10/3) ... Hit .529 (11-2-17) at Gonzaga (10/20) ... Collected 18 service aces in a five-match span from Oct. 6-18 ... Sent down five aces vs. San Diego (10/6) followed by four ace outings vs. Bucknell (10/8) and San Francisco (10/11) ... Posted a season-best 7.0 blocks at Saint Mary's (9/27) ... Totaled 226 kills, 22 assists, 161 digs and 70.0 blocks as a rookie.
USA VOLLEYBALL: Competed at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championship in 2011 ... Won the A2 Red Team's best server award ... Also participated with the USA Volleyball Youth A1 Beach team.
CLUB: Competed with the Santa Barbara Volleyball Club from 2006-12 ... Won the 2009 Junior Olympics and was named to the all-tournament team in the 15 open division ... 2011 USA Volleyball Junior National Championships MVP.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Dos Pueblos High School in 2012 ... Ranked #63 on prepvolleyball.com's "Senior Aces" list ... Spent three years on the varsity squad playing for head coach Todd Garrett ... All-CIF Southern Section Division 1AA ... Two-year team captain ... Led team to the 2009 CIF Southern Section Championship ... Reached the semifinals of the 2011 CIF Championships ... Voted Most Valuable Player as a senior.
PERSONAL: Born in Santa Barbara, Calif. ... Daughter of Randy and Linda Racich ... Has four siblings: Caitlin, Chase, Tristan and Cole ... Sister Caitlin was a member of Pepperdine's sand volleyball team and was the program's first-ever scholarship recipient of the emerging sport ... Chase played water polo at UC Santa Barbara ... Twin sister Tristan is a member of the Azusa Pacific volleyball squad ... Enjoys singing and was a member of a group called Outburst in junior high ... Majoring in sports medicine.
FAVORITES: Favorite pro volleyball player is Nicole Branagh ... Favorite book is the Bible ... Favorite TV show is American Idol ... Favorite food is steak ... Favorite move is Titanic ... Favorite singer is Carrie Underwood ... Favorite sport other than volleyball is tennis and surfing.