Jasmine Gross' 156 blocks mark the second-straight season that she has broken the Pepperdine women's volleyball program's single season block record in the rally scoring era.
The home opener will take place on Thursday, August 31 at 7 p.m. in Firestone Fieldhouse.
The Waves return 10 letterwinners and five starters and a libero in 2017.
Julie (Rubenstein) Bennett is a former All-American for the Waves.
Kim Hill was selected to the current bronze-medal winning U.S. Women's National Team after attending one of these tryouts.
Women's Volleyball vs. Gonzaga
Women's Volleyball vs. Saint Mary's (9/30)
Women's Volleyball vs. Missouri (Sept. 15, 2017)
Women's Volleyball vs. Washington (Sept. 9, 2017)
Women's Volleyball vs. Wyoming (9/8/17, Asics Classic)
Pepperdine alum Scott Wong was named the Waves’ head women’s volleyball coach in December of 2014, becoming the fifth head coach in the program’s history. He enters his third season at the helm of the Waves’ program in 2017. In two seasons, he has amassed a 30-31 (.492) record for the Waves.
In his premier season, Wong led Pepperdine to a 17-14 overall record and a tied-5th place overall finish in the West Coast Conference with an 8-10 record. He led the squad to an 8-5 record at home, 5-1 record on neutral soil and a 4-8 record on foreign ground. Wong coached freshman standout Tarah Wylie to WCC Freshman of the Year status. He led Wylie and Heidi Dyer to WCC All-Freshman recognition and senior Becca Strehlow to garner All-WCC first team accolades.
In his second season, the Waves produced a 13-17 overall record and a 7-11 record in the conference for an 8th place finish in the WCC. He led the squad to a 7-6 record at home and a perfect 4-0 record on neutral ground. Pepperdine downed the 11th-ranked Toreros of San Diego 3-1 to close out the regular season. Wong coached another freshman standout Jasmine Gross to All-WCC first team and WCC All-Freshman team honors. Under his tutelage, Gross became the Pepperdine Rally Scoring Era Single-Season Block Leader with 154 blocks, beating the previous record which stood since 2005.
Wong was a three-time All-American for the Pepperdine men’s volleyball team from 1998-01 before serving as an assistant coach for two legendary volleyball instructors. He first assisted Marv Dunphy on the Waves’ sideline for four men’s seasons between 2005 and 2009. From 2010-14, Wong was the associate coach for Dave Shoji and the Hawaii women’s volleyball squad. Shoji is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I women’s volleyball history.
The 2001 graduate of Pepperdine University grew up in Pearl City, O‘ahu, and played his high school ball at Punahou School in Honolulu.
The Rainbow Wahine enjoyed tremendous success during Wong’s time with the program. UH won four league titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament all five seasons with Wong on the sideline. Hawaii reached as far as the regional semifinals in 2011, losing a tightly contested match to USC. The ‘Bows just recently concluded the 2014 season with a 22-7 record after reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Wong’s coaching experience also extends to the sand, where he was head coach of the Hawaii sand volleyball team from 2012-14. He guided the ‘Bows to a 30-17 record across three seasons. The Rainbow Wahine earned their first bid as a team to the AVCA National Championships last spring, upsetting top-seeded USC in the quarterfinals before falling to Florida State in the semifinals.
Prior to joining the Hawaii coaching staff, Wong assisted Coach Dunphy and helped the Waves win the 2005 NCAA Championship, its fifth NCAA title in program history. Pepperdine swept Ohio State in the national semifinal before rallying from a 2-1 deficit to defeat UCLA, 3-2, in the championship match at Pauley Pavilion, capping off its 25-2 season.
The Waves made NCAA championship runs again in 2008 and 2009. The 2008 team entered the MPSF Tournament as the No. 5 seed, but after an improbable run, Pepperdine found themselves in the NCAA Championship title match against Penn State. The Waves would fall to the Nittany Lions and finish the season ranked #2 nationally. The following season Pepperdine came within one point of returning to the NCAA Tournament but fell in five sets to USC and closed the season at #3 in the final national poll.
In Wong’s four seasons at Pepperdine, the Waves went 81-26 (.757), won two MPSF Tournament Championships and made three NCAA Tournament appearances.
Wong has coached his fair share of AVCA All-Americans. With UH, he saw Kanani Danielson and Kanoe Kamana‘o named to the first team, with Emily Hartong, Brittany Hewitt, and Jamie Houston all earning second team honors during their careers. In the sand, he’s mentored Jane Croson, Katie Spieler, Nikki Taylor, Brittany Tiegs and Karissa Cook to All-American status. On the men’s side, Sean Rooney (2005), Jonathan Winder (2007) and Paul Carroll (2009) won the AVCA National Player of the Year, with Andy Hein and Kasey Crider also garnering All-America honors.
As a player, Wong was a three-time All-American and four-time All-MPSF performer. In 1998, he was tabbed the Freshman of the Year by both the AVCA and MPSF. He remains one of the top players to ever play at Pepperdine. Wong holds the program’s record with 807 career digs, and ranks in the top five in aces (4th, 140), kills (5th, 1700), and fifth in total points.
Prior to coaching, Wong enjoyed a seven-year career as a beach volleyball player. He also enjoyed a brief stint on the U.S. Men’s National Team, serving as an outside hitter and libero, helping the team to a gold medal at the 2001 World University Games and a strong finish in the 2001 FIVB World League. The U.S. was the only team in the world to beat Brazil, the eventual world champions that year.
Wong is married to the former Tamar Hassing. The couple has two children: Elyse Ahonuiaola and Dylan Kahn.