Waves Tangle with BYU Thursday on ESPNU, Face #13 San Diego on Saturday
A crucial week in West Coast Conference play is in store for Pepperdine with two home matches vs. the Cougars and Toreros.
Oct. 1, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - A big week is in store for the Pepperdine women’s volleyball team, with home matches against BYU and #13 San Diego. First, the Waves aim to “Orange Out” Firestone Fieldhouse for Thursday’s 8 p.m. match against the Cougars, which will air live on ESPNU. Pepperdine closes the week against the Toreros at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
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PROMOTIONS - The first 400 students to arrive at Thursday's match vs. BYU will receive a FREE orange t-shirt in support of the "Orange Out." Additionally, 200 chicken sandwiches will also be distributed to 200 students, so come hungry!
TICKETS - Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for alumni, children, seniors and students. Admission to regular-season home events is free for Pepperdine students, faculty and staff with a valid Pepperdine ID. The Pepperdine All-Sports Pass includes admission to all 2013-2014 regular-season home athletics events at excluding all men’s basketball competitions. a
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LOOKING BACK - Pepperdine got back on track last week with a pair of West Coast Conference wins at Portland and Gonzaga. The Waves got 3.33 kills per set out of Katie Messing, followed by 3.20 courtesy of Taylor Racich. Becca Strehlow helped the offense with 9.22 assists per set and a 3.78 digs average.
COMEBACK QUEENS - The “never-say-die” Waves were the comeback queens of the Bluegrass Battle. Last month vs. #19 Kentucky, Pepperdine rallied from a 12-16 deficit in set one to win 26-24. They did so again in set three, scoring eight unanswered points to win 25-23 after finding themselves down 17-23. Against Louisville, the Waves found themselves in danger of going five sets after the Cardinals took a 24-22 lead in set four. Pepperdine put down four consecutive kills to clinch the set and match 26-24. A week later, they stormed back from down 9-16 vs. San Francisco to win the set 26-24.
NOTING THE WAVES - Pepperdine is 7-14 all-time vs. BYU, but lost both meetings last season ... Prior to that the Waves won five in a row, including the pair of meetings in 2011 when BYU was playing its first season as a member of the West Coast Conference ... The Waves are 39-21 all-time against San Diego ... The Toreros won both meetings in 2012, while Pepperdine swept the series in 2011 ... When playing at home, Pepperdine owns a 2-2 record vs. BYU and 24-8 against USD ... Matthies celebrate her 900th match with the Waves on Nov. 1, 2012 vs. Saint Mary’s.
UPDATING THE RECORD BOOK - Kellie Woolever picked up her 1,000th career dig on Aug. 31 vs. Wisconsin ... Her career total currently stands at 1,071 which ranks 10th all-time at Pepperdine ... She is just the 10th player in Pepperdine history to reach 1,000 digs.
STREAKING - Both Katie Messing and Kelley Larsen have reached double-digit kill totals in the last nine consecutive matches ... Messing has pounded down 10 or more kills in 10 of her season’s 11 starts ... Jillian Bergeson has collected at least 10 digs in her four starts as libero, including two 20+ digs performances ... Samantha Cash has been credited with five or more blocks in eight of her last nine outings.
TOURNAMENT SEASON - The Waves placed second at both the Asics Classic and Pepperdine Invitational to open 2013. In both instances, Pepperdine won its first two matches before falling 3-1 in the finales. Katie Messing earned all-tournament status at both events. Kellie Woolever and Taylor Racich earned all-tournament nods at the Asics Classic, while Taylor Racich and Samantha Cash received accolades at the Pepperdine Invitational.
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). Okoro will redshirt in 2013.
NINA MATTHIES - Now in her 31st season as head coach of the Waves, Nina Matthies’ career record currently stands at 583-336, 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.
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. Check out the complete program record book here.
SAND VOLLEYBALL NEWS - Summer Ross, who helped the Waves win both the team and individual titles at the inaugural AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championship, won the AVP Cincinnati Open on Monday. She and partner Emily Day entered the tournament as the No. 14 seed and beat No. 2-seeded pair Kerri Walsh Jennings and Whitney Pavlik twice en route to the title. A week later, Ross and Day placed second at the AVP stop in Atlantic City, followed by a tie for first (finals canceled due to weather) in St. Petersburg, Fla.
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 undergraduate enrollment and is the only school not affiliated with a BCS-level conference. The Waves have earned the Division I-AAA All-Sports Trophy, an award based on postseason success that’s given to the top non-football school, three times (most recently in 2011-12). 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 #57 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s best colleges.