Women's Volleyball Opens Season with Annual Pepperdine Asics Classic
Join us inside Firestone Fieldhouse as the Waves take on Delaware (Friday, 7:30 p.m.), Iona (Saturday, 10 a.m.) and Wisconsin (Saturday, 7:30 p.m.).
Aug 28, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women’s volleyball team, receiving votes in the preseason AVCA Coaches’ Poll, opens the 2013 campaign with the annual Pepperdine Asics Classic on Aug. 30-31. Teams heading to Malibu include Delaware, Iona and Wisconsin.
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TICKETS - An all-tournament pass good for all three sessions costs $15, and $9 for children, non-Pepperdine students and seniors. Each session (Friday night, Saturday morning, Saturday night) costs $8 for adults and $5 for alumni, children, seniors and students. Tickets are free for Pepperdine students, faculty and staff with a valid Pepperdine ID.
DINNER ON US - Free burritos will be served to the first 100 students on Friday night.
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RETURNERS - Five student-athletes, all starters, return in 2013 in including seniors Kellie Woolever (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS) and Kelley Larsen (Jamul, Calif./Christian HS), juniors Samantha Cash (San Diego, Calif./Canyon Crest Academy) and Katie Messing (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands HS) and sophomore Taylor Racich (Santa Barbara, Calif./Dos Pueblos HS).
YOUTH MOVEMENT - Nine total newcomers were added to the roster this season, including seven freshmen. Rookies include outside hitters Jillian Bergeson (Friendswood, Texas/Friendswood HS) and Gabi Palmeri (Davis, Calif./St. Francis HS), middle blockers Brooke Honeycutt (Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Vista HS ), Emma Fuzie (Carmel, Calif./Carmel HS) and Reegan Dennis (Newport Beach, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) and setters Ryann Chandler (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) and Monique Domme (Colorado Springs, Colo./Cheyenne Mountain HS). In addition to the freshmen, two transfers joined Pepperdine this season including setter Becca Strehlow (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS/UCLA) and middle blocker Olivia Okoro (Carrollton, Texas/Hebron HS/Tennessee).
Nina Matthies - Now in her 31st season as head coach of the Waves, Nina Matthies’ career record currently stands at 575-332, which includes 11 conference championships and 20 NCAA Tournament appearances. She is by far the WCC’s all-time winningest coach and is a 10-time WCC Coach of the Year, most recently winning the award in 2011. Matthies was among the world’s top players and is a member of the Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame. In 2009, Dig Magazine rated her and former partner Linda Hanley as the second-best women’s beach team of all time. She won two AIAW national championships as a player at UCLA. In May of 2013, she was honored as the inaugural winner of the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball Coach of the Year award. Matthies will be inducted into the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Oct. 20. For more information on attending the Hall of Fame Ceremony, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
IN THE RECORD BOOK - Kellie Woolever enters this season with 3,761 career assists, good enough for fifth place all-time at Pepperdine ... Her career assists average of 11.23 also ranks fifth ... Woolever also is poised to rank in the top-10 in career hitting percentage and digs average ... Samantha Cash enters her junior campaign with a .322 hitting percentage, tied for eighth all-time … Check out the complete program record book here.
LOOKING AHEAD - The Waves welcome UC Santa Barbara, Virginia and Colorado State on Sept. 6-7 for the Pepperdine Invitational inside Firestone Fieldhouse.
LOOKING BACK - Pepperdine concluded the 2012 regular season with back-to-back three set wins, first over Gonzaga and then again versus North Dakota State. With the victory over the Bison, the Waves reached the 20-win plateau marking the 20th season in the program’s 39-year history that they have achieved the feat. After earning an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament, Pepperdine suffered a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to Dayton in the first round.
NOTING THE WAVES - Pepperdine is 25-13 all-time is season openers ... Matthies celebrate her 900th match with the Waves on Nov. 1, 2012 vs. Saint Mary’s ... Pepperdine is 1-0 all-time vs. Delaware, 1-2 against Wisconsin and has never faced Iona College in program history.
INDOOR VOLLEYBALL HISTORY — The Pepperdine women’s volleyball program is synonymous with the word excellence, as the Waves are a perennial national power. The Waves have advanced to postseason play 27 times in 38 seasons, including 13 trips to the NCAA Championships in the last 16 seasons. Pepperdine’s best finishes in recent years came when the team made the regional final of the NCAA Tournament in 2002 and again in 2011. Nine players have earned AVCA or Volleyball Magazine All-American honors a combined 16 times, while six players have been dubbed the WCC Player of the Year nine total times.
SAND VOLLEYBALL - In the inaugural season of collegiate sand volleyball, Pepperdine was unmatched among the first set of schools to adopt the NCAA emerging sport. Led by former beach great Nina Matthies, the Waves steam rolled the competition and posted a 14-0 overall record. At the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala., the Waves posted wins in the double-elimination team event over College of Charleston and Long Beach State twice. It was Pepperdine’s 12th national championship by its teams, but first by a women’s program. Lilla Frederick, Kim Hill, Caitlin Racich and Summer Ross were named All-Americans. Racich and Ross won the pairs title a day later, fighting off three match points in the third and final set to beat the 49ers’ Caitlin Ledoux and Tara Roenicke. In 2013, the Waves finished as runner-up champions. Frederick, Hill and Racich repeated as All-Americans, and were joined by teammate Lara Dykstra.
ABOUT PEPPERDINE - Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won NCAA Division I championships in five different men’s sports - one of just 16 schools to have accomplished this feat - and nine overall. Of this elite group, Pepperdine has the smallest enrollment and is the only school not in a major conference. Located in scenic Malibu, Calif., the university overlooks the Pacific Ocean and its campus and athletic facilities are regularly voted among the nation’s most beautiful. Pepperdine, which is affiliated with the Church of Christ, ranks #54 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s best colleges.