It's the 19th medal ever earned by a Pepperdine alum at the Summer Olympics.
Voting for Sportswoman of the Year is now open and Pepperdine women's volleyball alumna Kim Hill is in the running.
Kim Hill (2008-11) named the 2014 USA Volleyball Female Indoor Most Improved Player of the Year.
Seniors Katie Messing and Samantha Cash combine for 24 kills to lead Pepperdine to its second-straight shutout.
Kim Hill, alum of both the Pepperdine indoor and sand volleyball teams, makes history for the U.S. at the FIVB World Championships.
Pepperdine vs. Santa Clara, Nov. 3, 2011
11/18/10 Women's Volleyball vs. San Diego
11/06/10 Women's Volleyball vs. Loyola Marymount
Dig Pink: Gonzaga vs. Pepperdine
Pepperdine at UCLA, Sept. 8, 2010
CAREER: Through four seasons, ranks sixth all-time at Pepperdine with 1,300 kills and is tied for third with 376 blocks ... Averaged 3.12 kills/set, 1.21 digs/set and 0.90 blocks/set ... Career hitting percentage of .322 ranks sixth ... In 2011, became the program's second ever AVCA First Team All-American, ninth WCC player of the Year and only (in any sport) Lowe's Senior CLASS finalist ... Became the Wave's 15th member of the 1,000 kills club on Sept. 22 at Portland in front of her hometown crowd ... Has appeared in 115 matches and 416 sets ... First and only student-athlete to make the AVCA All-American first team roster in both indoor and sand volleyball during the same season ... Earned AVCA All-American honors in sand a second time in 2013 ... Partnered with Lilla Frederick both seasons of sand volleyball for a two-year record of 52-9 including 32-4 in dual action.
SAND 2013: Earned AVCA All-American status for the second-straight season ... Paired with Lilla Frederick and went undefeated at 27-0 ... Went 18-0 with Frederick in dual action, all from the No. 1 spot in the lineup ... Won the gold bracket pairs championships at both USA Volleyball Collegiate Challenge events in 2013, first in Chula Vista and again in Hermosa Beach ... Went 3-0 with Frederick versus eventual AVCA National Pairs Champions Stevi Robinson and Kirby Burnham during the regular season ... 4-0 in three-set matches ... Tagged down a season-high 20 kills in the season opener versus FIU's Kate Stepanova and Maryna Samoday (3/9) ... Collected 18 digs against Burnham and Robinson of USC (4/6) ... Posted six blocks in a single match twice ... Averaged 6.12 kills/set, 3.81 digs/set and 1.35 blocks/set ... Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete.
SAND 2012: Member of the inaugural AVCA Sand Volleyball All-American class ... Reached the semifinals of the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Pairs Championship alongside partner Lilla Frederick ... Earned the No. 1 seed in the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Pairs Championship after going a perfect 3-0 in pool play ... Fell in a crossover semifinal match to teammates and No. 2 seeded Caitlin Racich and Summer Ross ... Finished the season with a 25-9 overall record, all with Frederick ... Went 14-4 in dual action and 11-5 in pairs competition ... Reached the finals of the USA Volleyball Collegiate Challenge Gold Division before losing to Racich and Ross in three sets ... Played mostly from the No. 2 spot in the lineup, posting a 14-3 record ... Went a perfect 3-0 during the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Team Championship ... Went 23-4 in two set matches and 2-4 in three set matches ... Tallied 23 kills against Long Beach State's Delainey Aigner-Swesey and Lauren Minkel on March 17 ... Picked up 20 digs against 49er pair Haleigh Hampton and Chelsea Cabrajac during the finals of the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Team Championship ... Season high of five blocks set on April 27 against Stetson's Kaley Melville and Julie Bassett ... Dropped in five service aces against Aurora Newgard and Brittany Tiegs of Florida State on March 17
INDOOR 2011: AVCA All-American first team ... AVCA All-Pacific Region first team ... WCC Player of the Year and first team honoree ... Volleyball Magazine All-American second team ... Voted to Lowe's Senior CLASS Award first team ... Earned All-Tournament team honors at the regional of the NCAA Tournament ... WCC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... Four-time WCC Player of the Week (9/27, 10/3, 11/7, 11/21) and two-time WCC Player of the Month (Oct. and Nov.) ... Totaled 472 kills as a senior to rank fourth in the Pepperdine single season rally scoring era record book ... Averaged 3.93 kills/set to pace the Waves and rank second in the WCC ... Hit 4.05 kill/set versus WCC opponents to lead the league ... Recorded 4.21 kill/set at the NCAA Tournament ... Clinched the match vs. Kansas State (12/9) with an ace to send the Waves to their second-ever Elite Eight appearance ... Terminated a career-high 25 kills versus Saint Mary's (9/29) earned on a .500 hitting percentage ... Surpassed double-digit totals in kills in 29 of the season's 33 matches ... Reached the 20-kills milestone five times ... Picked up at least 10 digs during 12 matches and achieved the kills-digs double double 11 times ... Tied a career best vs. Portland (9/22) and Kansas State (12/9) with 15 digs ... Recorded a season-best seven rejections vs. UCSB (9/3) ... Totaled 31 service aces ... Calculated a .962 receiving percentage as a secondary passer with 344 attempts ... With the most attack attempts on the team (1,171), hit for a .289 clip ... Tallied 16 kills on 21 swings for a season-high .714 success rate vs. Air Force (11/22) ... Tacked down 18 kills on an errorless 28 swings (.643) vs. Santa Clara (11/3) ... Committed just 13 attack errors during the month of November ... Led the Waves in kill totals on 22 occasions in 2011 ... Served up a season-high three aces versus San Diego twice (10/24 and 11/19) ... WCC All-Academic first team selection ... Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete ... Earned WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "bronze" honors.
INDOOR 2010: Awarded AVCA All-American honorable mention honors as a junior for the second-consecutive season ... Was also named to the AVCA All-Pacific Region and All-WCC first teams ... Ranked fifth in the WCC with 3.27 kills/set and seventh with .97 blocks/set ... Also ranked seventh in the league with .30 service aces/set ... Tagged down a season-high 17 kill at LMU (10/9) ... Recorded a kills-digs double-double vs. Rice (9/3) and at Portland (11/11) ... Improved career-high digs total to 15 at Portland (11/11) ... Tallied season-high seven blocks versus UCSB (10/6) ... Eclipsed double-digit kill totals in 20 of the season's 28 matches ... Served up a personal-best five aces at Santa Clara ... Paced the Waves with 29 total aces ... Season-high attack percentage of .500 (17-2-30) set at LMU (10/9) ... Named WCC Player of the Week on Nov. 15 ... Earned all-tournament team honors at the Arizona Invitational, UNLV Invitational and MCM Elegante Lobo Classic ... Also made the WCC All-Academic first team ... Named Pepperdine Female Athlete of the Year ... During spring 2011, won the "gold" bracket of the USA Volleyball Collegiate Challenge, a sand event, with Caitlin Racich ... Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete ... Earned WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "bronze" honors.
INDOOR 2009: Awarded AVCA All-American honorable mention honors as a sophomore ... Was also named AVCA All-Pacific Region honorable mention and to the All-WCC first team ... Ranked fifth nationally and first in the WCC in hitting percentage (.425) ... That figure set the school single-season record for any era ... Hit .475 in conference play alone ... Also ranked seventh in the WCC in kills (3.01) and points (3.47) ... Also averaged 0.72 blocks ... Started all 27 matches and appeared in 98 sets ... Had double-figure kills in 16 matches, including the final 13 of the season ... Had 20 or more kills three times, all in the final four matches of the season ... Had a season-high 23 in the finale at San Francisco (11/21) ... Hit .500 or better with 10 or more kills nine times, including a season-best .625 (10-0-16) at Portland (10/10) ... Other season highs were six blocks vs. San Francisco (10/22), three digs (twice) and one service ace (six times) ... Named the WCC Player of the Month for November after averaging 4.22 kills with a .519 hitting percentage over five matches ... Also made the WCC All-Academic first team and earned WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "bronze" honors ... During spring 2010, took third place in the "gold" bracket of the USA Volleyball Collegiate Challenge, a sand event, with Lilla Frederick.
INDOOR 2008: Named the WCC Freshman of the Year ... Also made All-WCC honorable mention and the All-WCC Freshman team ... Chosen to Collegiate Volleyball Update's "Rising Stars" list as one of the nation's top freshmen ... Led the WCC in blocks (1.11) and was fifth in hitting percentage (.353) ... Those figures rank seventh and fifth on Pepperdine's single-season records list in the rally-scoring era, respectively ... Also averaged 2.14 kills ... Started all 28 matches and one of three players to appear in all 101 sets ... Reached double-figures in kills seven times ... Had season highs of 14 kills vs. Portland (10/18), nine blocks at Gonzaga (11/15), four digs vs. Pacific (9/6) and two service aces vs. Pacific (9/6) ... Hit a season-best .733 (12-1-15) at Nevada (9/13) ... Had seven kills and three blocks vs. Long Beach State in the NCAA Tournament (12/5) ... Part of a recruiting class ranked #8 by Volleyball Magazine ... Earned WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "bronze" honors ... During spring 2009, took second place at the USA Volleyball Collegiate Challenge, a sand event, with Stevi Robinson.
CLUB: Played with the Nike Northwest Juniors ... Team won championships at the Reno Festivals with the 16s and 17s.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Portland (Ore.) Christian High School in 2008 ... A four-year letterwinner ... A Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 selection and the nation's #8 recruit according to prepvolleyball.com ... A two-time Oregon state 2A player of the year ... Won the Gatorade Oregon Player of the Year award as a senior ... Recorded 952 kills, 137 blocks, 104 digs and 97 aces as a senior ... Earned all-state honors all four years and was a three-time Northwest League MVP ... Team won four league titles and won state championships in 2006 and 2007 ... Also was a standout in basketball, winning Oregon 2A state player of the year honors twice ... A member of the National Honor Society ... Receipient of integrity, leadership, ethics and sportsmanship awards from the Oregon School Activities Association and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
PERSONAL: Born in Portland, Ore. ... Daughter of Bradd and Terri Hill ... Has three older sisters: Shelby (who played basketball at Biola), Caitlin (who played volleyball at Azusa Pacific) and Kelsey (who plays basketball at Seattle Pacific) ... Chose Pepperdine because "I liked the fact it has a Christian base, small class sizes and a good international program."
FAVORITES: Enjoys shopping and watching television ... Lists her sports hero as Kerri Strugg ... Favorite pro volleyball player is Kerri Walsh ... Favorite pro sports team is the Portland Trailblazers ... Favorite book is Redeeming Love ... Favorite movie is Dreamgirls ... Favorite TV show is Friends ... Favorite musical artist is Beyonce' ... Favorite sport other than volleyball is speedwalking ... Favorite things about volleyball are "how emotional it is and how close you get to your team."