Waves Face Crosstown Rival Loyola Marymount on Thursday Night

Taylor Racich

Oct. 15, 2013


MALIBU, Calif. - After going 1-1 during last week’s NorCal road trip, the Pepperdine women’s volleyball team plays a little closer to home this week with a Thursday night match at Loyola Marymount. The Waves and Lions enter the contest tied in the West Coast Conference standings. Additionally, the winner will earn valuable points in the Wells Fargo PCH Cup, which LMU currently leads 1-0.

WHAT IS THE WELLS FARGO PCH CUP? - Separated by 19.1 miles of scenic coastline, longtime crosstown adversaries Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine have come together in an effort to boost their decades-long rivalry with the creation of the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) Cup. The series serves as an annual scorecard for the NCAA-sponsored athletic contests between the Lions and Waves, and challenges each institution to rise above the other within the West Coast Conference. With just one water polo match in the books, LMU leads the PCH Cup standings 1-0.

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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

NEXT BEST THING - Can’t make it out to the match? No problem! PepperdineSports.com offers a wide variety of FREE options to follow along with all your favorite teams. WaveCasts broadcasts most home matches for free on your computer or for a monthly subscription on mobile devices. Links to any available live stats, video and audio can always be found by clicking on a particular event on the schedule page. The Pepperdine mobile app is also available for iPhone, Android and iPad users. Download the free app today!

ROAD COVERAGE - FREE live statistics coverage, as well as video coverage via the LMU Sports Network, is being offered on Thursday. Visit the Pepperdine women’s volleyball schedule page for links to all available coverage.

LOOKING AHEAD - The Waves return home for their annual DIG PINK match on Thursday, Oct. 24 when they host Gonzaga at 7 p.m. ... Free pink items will be given away to the first 100 students who show up to the match wearing pink ... The homestand concludes on Saturday, Oct. 26 vs. Portland at 1 p.m.

LOOKING BACK - Pepperdine issued Pacific its first home loss of the season with a 3-2 triumph inside the Spanos Center ... Jillian Bergeson led the way with a career-high 19 kills, while Katie Messing delivered a double-double performance with 17 kills and 17 digs ... Saint Mary’s earned the “W” against the Waves last Saturday ... Samantha Cash tied a career-high with a team-best 14 kills ... Messing followed with 10 and a personal best seven blocks.

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 holds a 51-17 all-time record vs. the Lions, including 22-12 when playing in Westchester ... 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 1,078 which ranks 10th all-time at Pepperdine ... She is just the 10th player in Pepperdine history to reach 1,000 digs ... Her assists total also stands at an even 3,900, fifth in Pepperdine history ... If the season ended today, Samantha Cash’s season blocks average of 1.41 would set a new Pepperdine record. Sophia Milo, the program’s all-time blocks leader (517, 1.29 blocks/set) currently holds the top honor with her 2005 average of 1.38.

STREAKING - Katie Messing has reached double-digit kill totals in the last 13 consecutive matches ... Messing has pounded down 10 or more kills in 14 of her season’s 15 starts ... Jillian Bergeson has collected at least 10 digs in her six starts as libero, including three 20+ digs performances ... She has started the last two matches as an outside hitter ... Samantha Cash has been credited with five or more blocks in 10 of her last 12 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 Ryann Chander 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 583-338, 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 jamil.macias@pepperdine.edu.

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.



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