Rachel Ahrens, Julia DiBona, Lily Dyer, Shannon Scully and Madison Shields will all join the team in 2018.
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.
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 fourth season at the helm of the Waves’ program in 2018.
In his premier season, 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. He 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.
In his second season, the Waves highlighted the end of the season with a 3-1 win over No. 11 San Diego. He 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 as a freshman, beating the previous record which stood since 2005.
The pair continued to grow together in Wong’s third season at the 2017 season as Gross once again broke the all-time single season block record including both sideout and rally scoring eras with 179 blocks on the season. Gross went on to earn AVCA All-Pacific South Region honors. Wong now holds an even .500 winning percentage with a 46-46 all-time record for Pepperdine.
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.
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 and Olivia Magill and Emily Maglio tabbing honorable mention accolades.. In the sand, he’s mentored Jane Croson, Katie Spieler, Nikki Taylor, Brittany Tiegs and Karissa Cook to All-American status. For the Pepperdine women, Wong has coached Becca Strehlow, who earned All-American honorable mention status early in her career. 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.
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.
He also spent time coaching for USA Volleyball, making a trip as the coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team in the summer of 2009, where he coached them to a gold at the NORCECA tournament.
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.