Women's Volleyball Hosts Pepperdine Asics Classic This Weekend
Waves, who boast a 314-112 all-time home record, welcome Arizona, Cal State Fullerton and Jiangsu to Firestone Fieldhouse on Friday and Saturday.
Aug. 29, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - Fresh off a 2-1 start last weekend, the Pepperdine women’s volleyball team gears up to host the annual Asics Classic at Firestone Fieldhouse on Aug. 31-Sept. 1. The Waves, ranked #13 on the latest AVCA Coaches Poll, host Arizona, Cal State Fullerton and the Chinese club team Jiangsu.
SESSION 1 - Friday (Aug. 31) at Firestone Fieldhouse: Cal State Fullerton (2-1, 0-0 Big West) vs. Arizona (2-1, 0-0 Pac-12) at 5 p.m.; #13 Pepperdine (2-1, 0-0 WCC) vs. Jiangsu (exhibition) at 7:30 p.m.
SESSION 2 - Saturday (Sept. 1) at Firestone Fieldhouse: Jiangsu vs. Arizona (exhibition) at 11 a.m.; #13 Pepperdine vs. Cal State Fullerton at 1:30 p.m.
SESSION 3 - Saturday (Sept. 1) at Firestone Fieldhouse: #13 Pepperdine vs. Arizona at 7:30 p.m.
WAVECASTS - All Pepperdine women’s volleyball home matches are broadcast live and for FREE via WaveCasts. In addition to live broadcasts, WaveCasts also offers a large selection of game highlights, interviews, features and more!
TICKETS - Single-session prices are $8 for adults, $5 for students/seniors/children and free to all Pepperdine students, faculty and staff with a valid Pepperdine ID. An all-sports pass, which provides admission to all Pepperdine home sporting events, with the exception of men’s basketball, is $100. Call the Ticket Office at (866) WAVE-TIX for more information.
JIANGSU - The Chinese club team Jiangsu is currently in the U.S. as part of the 2012 AVCA College Volleyball Showcase. In addition to Pepperdine and Arizona, Jiangsu is scheduled to play USC (W, 3-1), UCLA, Cal and Stanford. Since its establishment in 1958, the Jiangsu women’s volleyball team has experienced 64 years of tremendous success nation-wide. An affiliate of Jiangsu Sports Administration, all team members, including the coaches and players, are citizens of Jiangsu Province, one of the most developed and affluent areas in the lower part of Yangtze river delta adjoining Shanghai City.
CAL STATE FULLERTON - The Titans went 2-1 last week at the Georgia Tech Courtyard Invitational, losing to the hosting Yellow Jackets before defeating SMU and Charleston Southern. Senior outside hitter Kayla Neto averaged 5.30 kills/set in the three matches, while Bre Moreland added 3.70 kills/set. The Waves hold a 16-2 all-time advantage vs. Cal State Fullerton and are 85-60 against all Big West programs. Pepperdine’s last loss to Fullerton came during the 1985 season.
ARIZONA - After hosting the Wildcat Invitational, Arizona is 2-1 heading into this weekend. Arizona defeated Evansville and Utah Valley, but lost to Cal State Northridge in a five set battle. Both Madi Kingdon and Taylor Arizobal are averaging over 4.45 kills/set, while Candace Nicholson paces the defense with 4.09 digs/set. The Waves are 7-7 all-time against the Cats.
DAYTON FLYER CLASSIC RECAP - The Waves had a solid start to 2012, shutting out Ohio and #7 Illinois in three sets before suffering a 3-1 set back to Dayton. Victoria Adelhelm was named to the all-tournament team after registering a team-best 2.70 kills/set, a .420 hit. % and 1.40 blocks/set. Kellie Woolever, with 10.90 assists/set and 2.60 digs/set, was also voted to the all-tournament team.
WHAT’S NEXT - Pepperdine continues the tournament portion of the season with the Rams Volleyball Classic on Sept. 7-8. The Waves travel to Fort Collins, Colo. and will face #24 Colorado State, New Mexico State and Florida International.
GRAND FINALE - The final week of the preconference schedule could prove to be the toughest for Pepperdine. The Waves open the week with a Wednesday night match at #3 UCLA, before challenging #8 Florida State, Ohio State (rv) and Houston at the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup on Sept. 14-15.
RANKINGS - Pepperdine opened the 2012 campaign listed at #11 in the AVCA Coaches’ Top-25 Preseason Poll and is currently sitting at #13 in the polls.
NOTING THE WAVES - Pepperdine is 724-423-2 all time and 303-73 in West Coast Conference play ... Nina Matthies is 557-321 and is in her 30th season at the helm.
Kellie Woolever - Junior Kellie Woolever is back and will once again manage the Waves’ offense as their starting setter. Dubbed “one of the best setters in the country” by Matthies, Woolever was an All-WCC preseason selection in 2012. She picked up AVCA All-American and All-Pacific Region honorable mention accolades, and was an All-WCC first team pick in as a sophomore 2011. She was named to the Dayton Flyer Classic All-Tournament team after averaging 10.90 assists/set and 2.60 digs/set.
Victoria Adelhelm - Senior Victoria Adelhelm, who has been in the starting lineup since her freshman year in 2009, put her veteran status on display last weekend in Dayton and was rewarded with all-tournament team accolades. The middle blocker played at a consistently high level the entire tournament, and finished the event with team-leading kill (27) and block (14) totals, and the Waves’ best hitting percentage (.420).
Samantha Cash - Middle blocker Samantha Cash had a phenomenal rookie season in 2011. She ranked second in the West Coast Conference with a season average of 1.18 blocks/set. Counting only league matches, Cash tied for first with 1.40 blocks/set. Her hitting percentage of .343 finished in fourth place amongst all WCC student-athletes and was by far highest of all the freshmen. She was voted WCC Freshman of the Year -- the Waves’ first since the 2008 season and 11th overall. Her season block total of 142 fell just two rejections shy of setting a new rally scoring era single-season record at Pepperdine. Prior to the start of the 2012 campaign, Cash was voted to the All-WCC preseason team.
PIN PLAYERS - Coach Nina Matthies has eight players at her disposal to play the outside and opposite side hitting positions. So far in 2012, returning starter Katie Messing, as well as Jazmine Orozco, Alyssa Mason, Lexi Weldon and Emily Cook have seen action at the pins. With her superb ball control, Kelley Larsen has emerged as a defensive specialist, but has also seen time in the front row. Natalie Riddering and Taylor Racich have also come off the bench to provide defensive, setting, serving and offensive support when needed.
CHECK THE RECORD - Victoria Adelhelm currently ranks ninth all-time at Pepperdine with 337 blocks. With 349, the senior will move up into the eight spot ... Kellie Woolever has dished 2,523 assists to rank seventh. With 160 more assists, the junior takes over sixth place ... Adelhelm’s career hitting percentage entering her senior year as a Wave stands at .315 which counts as the seventh-highest clip all-time in Malibu ... With 142 blocks in 2011, Samantha Cash nearly set a new rally scoring era single-season record. Sophia Milo holds to top spot with 143 blocks in 2005.
SOCIAL HUB - There are several ways to interact with the Waves online. Fans can follow the women’s volleyball team on Twitter @PepperdineWVB and “like” the team on Facebook by searching for Pepperdine Women’s Volleyball. You can follow “PepperdineWaves” on Instagram, or subscribe to “Pepperdine Athletics” on YouTube. Visit PepperdineSports.com for the Waves’ complete social media directory.
Nina Matthies - Now in her 30th season as head coach of the Waves, Nina Matthies’ career record currently stands at 557-321 (.634), which includes 11 conference championships and 19 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.
OLYMPIC CONNECTION - Pepperdine assistant coach Marcio Sicoli guided Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings to an unprecedented third gold medal at the London Olympics in 2012. He follows in the footsteps of the Waves’ Troy Tanner, who was May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings’ coach in 2008. In fact, a coach with Pepperdine ties has directed a gold-medal winning beach team at three of the last four Olympics.
2011 RECAP - The Waves had a banner year in 2011, finishing the season with a 25-7 record and ranked #6 in the final AVCA Coaches’ Poll. After winning the WCC title with a 15-1 record, Pepperdine played host to the NCAA first and second rounds. Pepperdine shut out Missouri State and North Carolina, before blanking Kansas State in the regional semifinals in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Waves nearly upset top-ranked USC in the regional final, but the Trojans escaped with a narrow 3-2 victory. Kim Hill was named an AVCA first team All-American, while Kellie Woolever earned a mention on the honorable mention squad. Pepperdine reaped several conference awards, including a WCC Player of the Year in Hill and a Freshman of the Year in Samantha Cash. All-WCC first team honors were given to Hill, Cash, Woolever and Lilla Frederick, while Stevi Robinson was voted to the honorable mention squad. Cash and Katie Messing were named to the WCC All-Freshman squad.
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 steamrolled 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.
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 #55 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s best colleges.