Former Waves beach and indoor volleyball player Kelley Larsen won her first AVP title this week, alongside teammate Betsi Metter Flint.
The Waves begin their 30th season of West Coast Conference play this week with an all-time league record of 320-90.
Pepperdine opens season vs. South Alabama on Friday night, faces Nevada and Oral Roberts on Saturday.
More than 1,200 WCC student-athletes received the award.
The school year was highlighted by sand volleyball's national championship and baseball's postseason run.
Women's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. LMU (Photos by Jeff Golden)
Women's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. BYU (Photos by Martin A. Folb)
Women's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. Delaware (Photos by Ron Hall)
Pepperdine vs. BYU on Nov. 15, 2012 Photos by Martin A. Folb
11/18/10 Women's Volleyball vs. San Diego
CAREER: Leaves Pepperdine as the sand program’s all-time winningest player with 101 victories … Through four seasons, went 101-20 (.835) … Winning percentage ranks fifth all-time … Played three seasons alongside Kellie Woolever for a record of 76-14 (.844) … Larsen and Woolever left Pepperdine ranked #1 for their win total together, and second for their winning percentage … 2014 and 2015 AVCA Sand Volleyball All-American … Won the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Team Championship in the spring of 2012 while playing in the No. 3 spot in the lineup alongside Stevi Robinson … Won the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Team Championship in the spring of 2014 while playing in the No. 1 spot in the lineup alongside Woolever … In three seasons on the indoor squad, appeared in 74 matches and 234 sets … Averaged 1.88 kills and 2.15 digs.
SAND 2015: AVCA Sand Volleyball All-American for the second-straight season … Went 26-9 overall, all with Kellie Woolever … Produced a 12-7 record in dual matches, going 9-7 at No. 1 and 3-0 at No. 2 … Won the Gold Bracket at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational with Woolever (3/7) … Also won the pairs championship at the USAV Collegiate Challenge in Chula Vista (3/15) … Reached the semifinals of the Gold Bracket at the Palmetto Invitational (3/29) … Won the Silver Bracket at the USAV Collegiate Challenge in Hermosa Beach (4/12) … Went 3-2 during the team competition at the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championships … Reached the quarterfinals of the AVCA National Pairs Championship … Defeated Madison and McKenna Witt of Arizona in the first round before falling in three sets Madi Kingdon and Kaitlyn Leary, also of Arizona … Was a part of the first four-year class to graduate out of the sand program, along with Emily Cook and Woolever … Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete.
SAND 2014: AVCA Sand Volleyball All-American … Produced a team-best record of 28-4 … 17-2 in duals … Teamed with Kellie Woolever for a 23-4 record, including a 12-2 tally in dual action … Also teamed with Delaney Knudsen for a 5-0 record … Reached the quarterfinals of the AVCA National Pairs Championship with Woolever … Went 2-1 during the team portion of the national championship … Topped Jace Pardon and Aurora Davis of Florida State twice at the team championship … Kept Waves alive in the national championship dual (5/2) with a 21-19, 11-21, 15-13 triumph over Pardon and Davis to tie the dual score at 2-2 … Despite a season-best 24 kills, was edged by eventual national pairs champions Sara Hughes and Kirby Burnham of USC 19-21, 22-20, 18-16 during the national championship semifinals … Went 9-2 with Woolever from the No. 1 spot in the lineup and 3-0 at No. 2 … With Woolever, defeated Katie Spieler and Nikki Taylor of Hawaii, 21-18, 16-21, 15-10, to win the USAV Collegiate Challenge Gold Bracket pairs championship in Chula Vista (3/16) … Tallied five blocks and 11 digs in the victory … Also won the Sand in the City Gold Bracket pairs championship (3/30) … Reached the USAV Collegiate Challenge Gold Bracket finals in Hermosa Beach (4/13) … Dished eight aces against Grand Canyon’s Chloe Jenkins and Kami Dickerson (3/16) in a 21-7, 21-9 triumph.
INDOOR 2013: WCC All-Academic first-team selection … Ranked second on the team with 2.73 kills/set … Paced Pepperdine with 10 kills-digs double doubles … Started in all 26 matches and appeared in 101 total sets … Played mostly outside hitter, but started three matches at libero … Set a career high vs. Saint Mary’s (11/7) with 20 kills and duplicated that output vs. Loyola Marymount (11/16) … Set new career bests in nearly every other statistical category as a senior including the aforementioned 20 kills, 55 attempts (vs. LMU, 11/7), .382 (16-3-34) hitting percentage (vs. Virginia, 9/7), six blocks (at Gonzaga, 9/28) and five assists (at Portland, 9/26; vs. Portland, 10/26) … Reached double digits in kills in 17 matches … Surpassed double digits in digs in 14 matches … Set a season high vs. UC Santa Barbara (9/6) with 18 digs … Dished two aces in four different matches … Led the Waves in kills in six different contests … Totaled 276 kills while hitting .178 (276-136-786), 41 assists, 17 aces, 271 digs and 32 blocks … Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete … Earned WCC Commissioner’s Honor Roll “silver” honors.
SAND 2013: Teamed up with Kellie Woolever for a 27-1 record … Went 20-0 in dual play together from the No. 3 spot in the lineup … Won the Silver Bracket pairs championship at the USA Volleyball Collegiate Challenge in Chula Vista with a 22-20, 21-16 triumph over Mallory Kiley and Sarah Wickstrom of Florida State … Placed second in the Silver Bracket at the USA Volleyball Collegiate Challenge in Hermosa Beach after suffering their only loss of the season, 23-21, 18-21, 15-11, to Long Beach State’s Tyler Jackson and Janisa Johnson … Held opponents to less than 10 points in a single set eight different times … Averaged 6.31 kills/set and 1.28 blocks/set … Chalked 17 kills twice, first versus Camila Rosado and Jessica Gehrke of FIU (3/29) and again vs. Eve Ettinger and Bria Russ USC (4/6) … Tallied a season-best five blocks against Rosada and Gehrke of FIU (3/29) … Also had four aces in that match … Credited with five rejections against Libby Fontanilla and Delainey Aigner-Swesey on March 21 … Picked up 32 digs versus Ettinger and Russ of USC (4/6) … Played one match at No. 2 with Lara Dykstra vs. Grand Canyon (3/15) and won.
INDOOR 2012: Appeared in all 32 matches as a junior and credited with 23 starts … Mostly played as a defensive specialist and back row offensive option, but did see time as a front row outside hitter and libero … Reached double figures in kills on four occasions and double figures in digs six times … Registered kills-digs double-doubles at San Diego (11/3) and vs. BYU (11/15) … Hit for a .333 (12-2-30) attack percentage vs. New Mexico State (9/8) … Averaged 1.12 kills and 1.87 digs as a junior … Handed out a career-high 13 kills against BYU (11/15) … Posted a career-high four blocks vs. New Mexico State (9/8) … Suited up as libero at Saint Mary’s (9/27) and picked up a career-record 25 digs … Totaled 115 kills, 23 assists, seven aces, 193 digs and 12 blocks on the season … WCC All-Academic Team honorable mention … Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete ... Earned WCC Commissioner’s Honor Roll “bronze” honors.
SAND 2012: Partnered with Stevi Robinson … Pair went 19-6 overall including 15-1 in duals … Went 4-0 when playing from the No. 4 spot in the lineup and 11-2 while playing No. 3 … Posted a 15-4 record in two set matches and a 4-2 record in three set matches … Defeated USC’s No. 1 duo of Geena Urango and Sara Shaw, 21-16, 24-22, during the pairs championship of the USC Tournament on March 18 … Went 2-0 at the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Team Championship … Won the No. 4 flight at the USC Tournament on March 17 … Earned 20 kills in the season opener versus Aurora Newgard and Brittany Tiegs … Tagged down 19 kills versus USC’s Kendal Bateman and Sam Hirschmann (3/17) and teammates Summer Ross and Caitlin Racich (4/7) … Also picked up 22 digs against Bateman and Hirschmann … Posted nine blocks versus Delainey Aigner-Swesey and Libby Fontanilla of Long Beach State during the semifinals (4/28) of the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Team Championship … Followed that up with eight blocks against Aigner-Swesey/Fontanilla during the finals … Dished a season-best seven aces versus Kenna Crouse Ashley Maxfeldt of Loyola Marymount (4/14).
INDOOR 2011: Suffered a knee injury in the offseason and redshirted her sophomore season.
INDOOR 2010: Appeared in 16 matches and 31 sets, including three starts … Averaged 1.65 kills and 1.35 digs as a freshman … Nailed down a season-high 10 kills versus both Tulane (8/28) and San Diego (11/18) … Single-match high in digs also set versus San Diego with nine … Recorded a .364 (10-2-22) hitting percentage against Tulane (8/28) … Recorded a season high of three blocks versus San Diego (11/18) … Came off the bench at San Diego with five kills on nine swings and no errors … During spring 2011, tied for ninth place in the “gold” bracket of the USA Volleyball Collegiate Challenge, a sand event, with Kelli Branning ... Earned WCC Commissioner’s Honor Roll “bronze” honors.
USA VOLLEYBALL: Reached the quarterfinals of the 2014 FIVB U23 World Championships in Myslowice, Poland alongside LMU’s Betsi Metter … Duo won their pool after earning a late lucky loser’s entry into the main draw … Reached main draw of 2014 AVP Salt Lake City Open, falling to April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings in the first round.
CLUB: Competed with the East Valley Volleyball Club for two years before playing for the Coast Volleyball Club for another two seasons… Coast Volleyball Club 18s placed fifth at the Junior Olympics.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Christian High School in San Diego, Calif., in 2010 … Played four years on the varsity squad … Three-time team captain … Named the team’s MVP during junior and senior seasons … Earned first team All-CIF Division IV honors as a senior … First team All-Western League in 2010 and 2008 … Second team All-Western League in 2009 … Earned second team All-San Diego County acclaim during senior campaign … competed on the soccer team as an underclassman … Given the President’s Award for academic achievements.
PERSONAL: Born in San Diego, Calif. … Daughter of Torrey and Carol Larsen … Has two brothers, Derek and Jake … Majoring in biology … Hopes to become a labor and delivery nurse … Chose Pepperdine “because of its Christian background, the beautiful campus, the location and the volleyball program.”
FAVORITES: Favorite TV show is the Fresh Prince of Bel Air … Favorite pro sports team is the San Diego Chargers … Enjoys going to the beach and being with friends and family … Favorite thing about volleyball is “the competitiveness and the action” … Favorite sport other than volleyball is soccer … Favorite book is Redeeming Love … Favorite pro volleyball player is Misty May-Treanor.