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Pepp Talk

Meet the coaches, student-athletes and administrators that make up the Pepperdine University Department of Athletics in this podcast interview series.

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Episode 57 - DeLisha Milton-Jones

First-year Pepperdine women’s basketball head coach DeLisha Milton-Jones returns to the podcast to help preview the 2017-18 season, which begins on November 10. We talk about what she’s trying to build and go down the roster to discuss each of the young women on the squad. www.PepperdineWaves.com Related Twitter accounts for this episode: @PepperdineWaves @WavesHoops @DelishaMJones @PepperdineRoger

35mins

30 Oct 2017

Rank #1

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Episode 53 - Nikki Lyons, Kevin Maeda

Student-athletes Nikki Lyons of volleyball (1:03) and Kevin Maeda of cross country/track (15:00) are our interview subjects this week. Lyons is a two-sport standout, being a key member of both the indoor and beach teams. Maeda, in addition to being a top runner, is co-president of Pepperdine Athletics’ Waves Leadership Council. www.PepperdineWaves.com Related Twitter accounts for this episode: @PepperdineWaves @WavesVolleyball @PeppXCTrack @nikkilyonss @kp_maeda @PepperdineRoger

43mins

25 Sep 2017

Rank #2

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Episode 80 - Sofia Shah

Sofia Shah is a senior on the Pepperdine women’s swimming and diving team, as well as a 2020 Olympic hopeful for her native Nepal. In addition to swimming for the Waves, she’ll be competing at a number of international meets over the coming months attempting to become Nepal’s representative at next year’s games in Tokyo. www.PepperdineWaves.com Related Twitter accounts for this episode: @PepperdineWaves @WavesSwimDive @PepperdineRoger

24mins

7 Oct 2019

Rank #3

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Episode 84 - Kameron Edwards

Kameron Edwards, a redshirt senior on the Pepperdine men’s basketball team, is looking forward to a hugely successful final season with the Waves amidst some pretty high expectations for this year’s team. Staying healthy is paramount for Edwards, who’s had a rough go at times the last three seasons. He gets one more year to play with his brother Kessler and leave his mark on the program. www.PepperdineWaves.com Related Twitter accounts for this episode: @_Kam20 @PeppBasketball @PepperdineWaves @PepperdineRoger

28mins

4 Nov 2019

Rank #4

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Episode 54 - Merrill Moses

With this being the 20th anniversary of Pepperdine’s NCAA water polo championship, we brought back Merrill Moses, the starting goalkeeper on that team and the Waves’ current associate head coach, for his second appearance on the podcast. This one is Pepperdine-centric, starting with the 1997 NCAA title and later going into his transition into coaching here. www.PepperdineWaves.com Related Twitter accounts for this episode: @PepperdineWaves @PeppWaterPolo @MerrillMoses @PepperdineRoger

26mins

2 Oct 2017

Rank #5

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Episode 87 - Rob Mullahey

Rob Mullahey has come a long way since being cut from his high school volleyball team. He was a Freshman All-American in 2018 and helped lead the Pepperdine men’s volleyball team to the MPSF title and a spot in the NCAA Tournament last season. Now one of two seniors on a very young team, he’s hoping for a successful end to his time with the Waves. www.PepperdineWaves.com Related Twitter accounts for this episode: @PeppVolleyball @PepperdineWaves @PepperdineRoger

26mins

6 Jan 2020

Rank #6

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Episode 90 - Wil Jensen

The 2020 season starts this week for Wil Jensen and the Pepperdine baseball team. Jensen is expected to be the Waves’ ace again this year. He was one of the nation’s top pitchers in the country as a 2018 sophomore when he unfortunately was injured and underwent Tommy John surgery. But he’s fully healthy after a long rehab process and hopes to lead Pepperdine to a great season. www.PepperdineWaves.com Related Twitter accounts for this episode: @PeppBaseball @PepperdineWaves @PepperdineRoger

32mins

10 Feb 2020

Rank #7

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Episode 88 - Paige Fecske

Paige Fecske is one of the top three-point shooters in Pepperdine women’s basketball history and she’s on the verge of scoring her milestone 1,000th career point. She came back for a fifth season after missing almost all of last year with a shoulder injury. www.PepperdineWaves.com Related Twitter accounts for this episode: @WavesHoops @PepperdineWaves @PepperdineRoger

25mins

13 Jan 2020

Rank #8

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Episode 81 - Marko Asic

Marko Asic, a redshirt senior on the men’s water polo team, makes his second Pepp Talk appearance. But since his first episode, he’s been through a lot, including shoulder surgery and a diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes. He’s had a lot of ups and downs in the last year and he’s very open about his experience about living and playing with diabetes. Episode 23 with Marko Asic www.PepperdineWaves.com Related Twitter accounts for this episode: @PepperdineWaves @PeppWaterPolo @PepperdineRoger

31mins

14 Oct 2019

Rank #9

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Episode 79 - Cori Persinger

Cori Persinger, a senior on the Pepperdine cross country and track teams, has developed from a “runner” to a “racer” and is one of the Waves’ top competitors. She’s an outstanding student who also serves on the Waves Leadership Council and works with the Pepperdine Volunteer Center. www.PepperdineWaves.com Related Twitter accounts for this episode: @PepperdineWaves @PeppXCTrack @PepperdineRoger

22mins

30 Sep 2019

Rank #10

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Episode 91 - Momoka Kobori

The Pepperdine women’s golf team hopes to make another successful postseason run and if the Waves do so, it’ll be senior Momoka Kobori leading the way. She had a very good first three seasons but has taken things to another level as a senior, including her first career victory. The New Zealand native is by far the Waves’ most experienced player. www.PepperdineWaves.com Related Twitter accounts for this episode: @WavesGolf @PepperdineWaves @PepperdineRoger

23mins

17 Feb 2020

Rank #11

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Episode 86 - Colbey Ross

Colbey Ross, junior point guard for the Pepperdine men’s basketball team, has had an extraordinary 2 1/2 seasons so far with the Waves. He’s already set numerous school records, with the most notable one happening recently when he became the school’s all-time assist leader. He’ll break the career points record either this season or next. His competitive fire sets him apart and makes him one of the nation’s top players. www.PepperdineWaves.com Related Twitter accounts for this episode: @cdot_ross @PeppBasketball @PepperdineWaves @PepperdineRoger

33mins

30 Dec 2019

Rank #12

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Episode 76 - Joshua McCarthy

Joshua McCarthy has played in three NCAA Men’s Golf Championships in his first three years at Pepperdine and the senior left-hander hopes to not only make a fourth appearance, but to win a national championship next spring. We talk about the Waves’ unprecedented collection of talent and depth and all about his golfing career. www.PepperdineWaves.com Related Twitter accounts for this episode: @PepperdineWaves @PeppGolf @PepperdineRoger

23mins

9 Sep 2019

Rank #13

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Episode 82 - Laura Ishikawa

Laura Ishikawa is a redshirt sophomore defender on the Pepperdine women’s soccer team. She’s gone from redshirt to part-time starter to full-time starter over her three seasons and is an important part of a young Waves’ defense that has played very well in the 2019 season. www.PepperdineWaves.com Related Twitter accounts for this episode: @IshikawaLou @WavesSoccer @PepperdineWaves @PepperdineRoger

21mins

21 Oct 2019

Rank #14

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Episode 77 - Hailey Stenberg

Hailey Stenberg is a senior midfielder/forward with the Pepperdine women’s soccer team who’s been a big part of two West Coast Conference championship teams, and is looking for a third title in her final season. www.PepperdineWaves.com Related Twitter accounts for this episode: @PepperdineWaves @WavesSoccer @hsten_ @PepperdineRoger

22mins

16 Sep 2019

Rank #15

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Episode 89 - Sahith Theegala

Sahith Theegala is one of the top golfers in Pepperdine men’s golf history, as he’s a two-time All-American who ranks #1 all-time in scoring average in the program’s record book. He heads into the final semester of his college career fully healthy after having to sit out last year with a wrist injury. He leads an incredibly talented Waves team that expects to be a contender for the NCAA championship. Sahith’s first appearance on the Pepp Talk podcast (episode 34, March 2017) www.PepperdineWaves.com Related Twitter accounts for this episode: @SRTheegala @PeppGolf @PepperdineWaves @PepperdineRoger

26mins

20 Jan 2020

Rank #16

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Episode 85 - Barbara Sitanggan

Barbara Sitanggan, a senior point guard for the Pepperdine women’s basketball team, helped the Waves to their best season in a decade last year, and now she’s back and ready to break the program’s all-time assist record in her final year. She earned the West Coast Conference’s annual Sportsmanship Award last summer. www.PepperdineWaves.com Related Twitter accounts for this episode: @barb_sitanggan @WavesHoops @PepperdineWaves @PepperdineRoger

21mins

11 Nov 2019

Rank #17

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Episode 83 - Hana Lishman

Hana Lishman, a senior on the Pepperdine women’s volleyball team, is one of the top liberos in the program’s history. This past summer, the Hawai'i native earned a spot on the USA Volleyball Collegiate National Team. www.PepperdineWaves.com Related Twitter accounts for this episode: @hana_lishman @WavesVolleyball @PepperdineWaves @PepperdineRoger

28mins

28 Oct 2019

Rank #18

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Episode 78 - Tarah Wylie

Tarah Wylie, a senior middle blocker for the Pepperdine women’s volleyball team, is a former West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year who’s in the midst of her final season with the Waves. We talk about her terrific playing career and other fun things like her love of dogs. www.PepperdineWaves.com Related Twitter accounts for this episode: @PepperdineWaves @WavesVolleyball @tarahwylie @PepperdineRoger

23mins

23 Sep 2019

Rank #19

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Episode 97 - Tim Ward

Pepperdine women’s soccer head coach Tim Ward and his veteran group of Waves are looking forward to a great fall 2020 season – whatever that ends up looking like. We discuss the 2018 and 2019 seasons, how his spring exhibition season was cut short due to the pandemic and students being sent home, what life’s been like at home (with a lot of talk about music) and his hopes for this fall. Plus, you’ll get to hear his rendition of “Sweet Pepperdine” that was played at the Pepp Espys. Episode 11 with Tim Ward www.PepperdineWaves.com Related Twitter accounts for this episode: @WavesSoccer @HeadCoachWard @PepperdineWaves @PepperdineRoger

39mins

25 May 2020

Rank #20