Women's Volleyball Commutes to Los Angeles to Face Regional Foe UCLA

Sept. 6, 2010


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MALIBU, Calif. - After placing second at the Asics Classic, the Pepperdine women’s volleyball team faces regional rival UCLA in Los Angeles at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evening.  Wave Casts will feature a live audio broadcast of the event and is free to all listeners.

LOOKING AHEAD - After a mid-week watch with the Bruins, the Waves travel to the City of Lights to compete at the UNLV Invitational.  Besides facing the hosting Rebels, Pepperdine will tangle with Cal State Fullerton and Eastern Kentucky.

ON THE WEB — Live video of all home matches and audio broadcasts of selected road matches are available to all fans for free at www.pepperdinesports.com via Wave Casts. Also, GameTracker will provide live statistics over the internet for all home matches, and links are provided to the home team’s live stats platform when the Waves are on the road.

RANKINGS — Pepperdine received 18 votes on the AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll
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SERIES HISTORY - The Waves are 11-48 all time against the Bruins ... The last time Pepperdine defeated UCLA was on Oct., 26, 2004 when the unranked Waves upset the No.-12 ranked Bruins 3-2 ... The first meeting between the two squads was on Oct. 23, 1976 - the second season in Pepperdine women’s volleyball history - and lost 3-0 ... The first time the Waves defeated the Bruins was on Nov. 4, 1978, when Pepperdine shut out UCLA 2-0.

SCOUTING THE BRUINS - UCLA opened the season 5-1 ... The Bruins lone loss came at then-No.5 Hawai’i ... Dicey McGraw and Rachael Kidder lead UCLA’s offense with 65 and 55 kills, respectively ... Katie Camp stands as the Bruins’ lead blocker ... As a team, UCLA averages 13.75 kills and 14.65 digs per set.

WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Victoria Adelhelm was named WCC Co-Player of the Week on Sept. 6 after hitting a team-best .520 (30-4-50) attack percentage, while denying attackers on defense on 12 occasions.  This is the first weekly award for the sophomore, and the first for the Waves during the 2010 season.

1K CLUB - Stevi Robinson tallied 52 digs during the Asics Classic including a season-best 27 versus Missouri.  Her 26th dig of the match gave the junior her 1,000 career dig.  She currently ranks first in the Pepperdine history books with a career average of 4.68 dps.

IT COULD HAPPEN - Junior libero Stevi Robinson jumped two spots in the career-digs standings at the Asics Classic.  She currently ranks eighth with 1,001 digs.  Eighty more and she’ll move into seventh while 82 would put her in the six spot.

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING - Known for her offensive prowess, Kim Hill showed her versatility on Friday night against Rice, recording a career-high 10 digs.  Coupled with her 12 kills, the junior registered her first-ever double double.

ASICS CLASSIC - They Waves took second at the Asics Classic after narrowly falling to a strong Missouri team.  Victoria Adelhelm led the team with a .520 hitting percentage and 12 blocks, while Lilla Frederick added 32 kills and 29 digs.  Both were voted to the all-tournament team.

DENIED - Brittney Clark kept attackers at bay during the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic, recording 13 blocks (2-11).  She followed that up with 11 at the Asics Classic.  She leads the team and the WCC with 1.33 bps.

THE DISH ON WOOLEVERr - Freshman setter Kellie Woolever has played well beyond her years thus far during the 2010 campaign.  She leads the WCC with 11.75 assists per set and has totalled 232 assists on the season.

STREAKING - Kim Hill has reached the double-digit kill plateau the last 19 matches dating back to last season.  Her career attack percentage of .382 tops the Pepperdine all-time list.

WCC RANKS - Pepperdine currently touts the best hitting percentage in the WCC with a .283 (272-85-662) clip ... The Waves also lead the WCC with 2.58 blocks per set and 13.00 assists per set ... Kellie Woolever leads the league with 11.75 aps ... Brettney Clark tops the rankings with 1.33 bps ... Victoria Adelhelm has the best hitting percentage in the league with a .460 clip while Hill’s mark of .326 ranks sixth... Stevi Robinson’s 4.10 dps ranks fifth. 

MCM ELEGANTE LOBO CLASSIC - The Waves faced three top-notch teams in the season-opening tournament, and walked away with a 1-2 record.  Pepperdine was able to take a game from then-No. 4 ranked Stanford, but eventually bowed out 3-1.  The Waves rebounded with a 3-0 shutout versus Tulane.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM - Junior middle blocker turned right side hitter Kim Hill led the way for the Waves at the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic, knocking down a team-best 39 kills off of a blistering .366 (39-9-82) attack percentage.  For her efforts, she was named to the all-tournament team.

UNITED FRONT - Hill wasn’t the only force to be reckoned with up at the net.  Sophomore middle blocker Victoria Adelhelm averaged 2.60 kills per set, for a three-match total of 26.  She led the squad with a .400 (26-6-50) success rate.  Junior outside hitter Lilla Frederick also eclipsed the 20-kill total for the weekend.

AVCA TOP-25 - Pepperdine routinely faces some of the top opponents in the county.  The Waves, who have received votes in the last two AVCA Coaches Polls, will face No.13 ranked UCLA on Wednesday.  Since the ranking system was established in 1982, Pepperdine has amassed 81 victories over top-25 squads.

PRESEASON WCC COACHES’ POLL- The Waves were voted to finished third in the West Coast Conference in the coaches’ preseason poll.  San Diego was picked as the favorite with six first-place votes, while 2009 WCC Champion Saint Mary’s was predicted to finish in second.  In fourth, behind Pepperdine, is Santa Clara, followed by San Francisco, Gonzaga, Portland and Loyola Marymount.  The Waves finished third in the league last season with a 9-5 record.

PRESEASON ALL-WCC - Kim Hill was voted to the Preseason All-WCC Team.  Last season Hill led the conference with .425 hitting percentage and was awarded All-WCC first team honors.  In addition, she was named an honorable mention All-American by the AVCA.

WHO’S BACK — The Waves have five starters back from a year ago, including the junior triple threat of Kim Hill, Lilla Frederick and Stevi Robinson.  Hill, a 2009 AVCA All-American honorable mention and All-WCC first team selection led the WCC with a .425 attack percentage last season and is expected to have another stellar season at the middle blocker position.  Frederick, an outside hitter, returns as another solid two-way player, ranking third on the team in both kills and digs in 2009.  Robinson, who was the 2008 WCC Defensive Player of the Year and a 2009 All-WCC honorable mention, is predicted by Matthies to be “one of the best liberos in the country.”  WCC All-Freshmen team honoree Victoria Adelhelm is also back to compliment Hill in the middle, as is outside hitter Caitlin Racich and defensive specialist and senior Krista Friedman.

WHO’S NEW — The Waves could potentially see all three freshmen on the floor, with promising newcomers Kellie Woolever, Kelley Larsen and Emily Cook.  Woolever is touted as potentially being one of the best setters in the country, while Larsen and Cook have been hard at work in practice lobbying for the starting spot on the outside.

Nina Matthies — Now in her 28th season as head coach of the Waves, Nina Matthies enters the 2010 season with a career record of 513-308 (.624), which includes 10 conference championships and 18 NCAA Tournament appearances.  She is by far the WCC’s all-time winningest coach and is a nine-time WCC Coach of the Year. 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.

ROSTER — The Waves return four starters plus the libero and lost only two starters from the 2009 squad. Twelve returners (11 letterwinners and one redshirt) are joined by three newcomers (all true freshmen) to bring the squad total to 15. What was once considered a young team has given way to experienced veteran status as the squad breakdown includes two seniors, four juniors, five sophomores, and four freshmen in terms of eligibility.

2009 RECAP — It was another solid year for the Pepperdine women’s volleyball team. Kim Hill earned AVCA All-American honorable mention honors. She led the conference with a .425 attack percentage and ranked fifth in the NCAA. The Waves finished the league in third place after posting a 9-5 record and finished with an overall record of 16-11.  Kiah Fiers, Rachel Grochmal and Hill claimed All-WCC first team honors, while Victoria Adelhelm and Stevi Robinson were named to the All-WCC honorable mention squad.

TICKETS — Single-match tickets to all home women’s volleyball games are $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and free to all Pepperdine students and faculty with a university ID.

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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 25 times in 35 seasons, including 11 trips to the NCAA Championships in the last 13 seasons. Pepperdine’s best finishes in recent years came when the team made the regional final of the 2002 NCAAs, and then in 2003 when the Waves posted 27 victories (most in the Nina Matthies era).

ABOUT PEPPERDINE — Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won a total of nine NCAA championships in five different men’s sports — one of just 14 schools to have accomplished this feat. Of the 14, Pepperdine is the only non-BCS school and has by far the smallest enrollment. The majority of Pepperdine’s teams are ranked nationally year after year and compete for conference and national titles.




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