WCC Action Continues as #14 Waves Play Loyola Marymount and Saint Mary's
Pepperdine looks to make it 14 wins in a row with contests versus LMU and Saint Mary's.
Nov. 8, 2011
MALIBU, Calif. - The #14-ranked Pepperdine women’s volleyball team hosts Loyola Marymount this Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. inside Firestone Fieldhouse before making a trip up to Saint Mary’s on Saturday to face the Gaels at 1 p.m.
MATCH #24 - Thursday (Nov. 10) at Firestone Fieldhouse: Loyola Marymount (14-12, 7-6 WCC) at #14 Pepperdine (18-5, 12-0 WCC) at 7 p.m.
MATCH #25 - Saturday (Nov. 12) at McKeon Pavilion: #14 Pepperdine at Saint Mary’s (13-12, 7-6 WCC) at 1 p.m.
WELLS FARGO PCH CUP -- Separated by 19.1 miles of scenic coastline, longtime crosstown rivals Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount have come together in an effort to boost their decades-long rivalry with the creation of the Wells Fargo Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) Challenge. The series, which is in its third year, serves as an annual scorecard for the NCAA-sponsored athletic contests between the Waves and Lions, and challenges each institution to rise above the other within the WCC. Currently, Pepperdine leads in the 2011-12 standings 4.5-2.0.
TICKETS - Single-game prices for home events are $8 for adults, $5 for students/seniors/children and free to all Pepperdine students, faculty and staff (and their dependents) 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.
WAVECASTS - All remaining 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!
RANKINGS - Pepperdine entered the AVCA Coaches’ Top-25 Poll for the first time since the 2007 season, on Sept. 19 at #21 and continue to climb. For the past two weeks, the Waves have sat at #14.
RPI - The Waves boast the highest RPI -- rating percentage index -- of any team in the West Coast Conference at 16. San Diego follows at 24, while Illinois current holds the top spot in the RPI index.
CONFERENCE CLINCHERS - With a 12-0 league record, the Waves need just two more wins to clinch their first West Coast Conference title since the 2003 season. San Diego is 2.5 games back in second place with three left to play, followed by BYU at 9-4.
NOTING THE WAVES - Pepperdine is 715-420-2 all time and 300-72 in West Coast Conference play ... Nina Matthies is 548-318 and is in her 29th season at the helm ... Kim Hill became the Waves’ 15th member of the 1,000 kills club against Portland on Sept. 22. She currently ranks 11th all-time at Pepperdine with 1,166 career kills ... Lilla Frederick met the 1,000 kills milestone on Oct. 15 at San Francisco and the 1,000 digs milestone on Oct. 20 at BYU. She’s just the fourth Wave in program history to meet the benchmark in both categories ... Pepperdine was voted to win the conference title in the preseason coaches’ poll ... Pepperdine’s freshmen class ranked #9 in Prepvolleyball.com’s list of top-30 recruiting classes, and the Waves currently utilize three rookies in the lineup ... The Waves set a record when Frederick was awarded the teams’ fourth-consecutive WCC Player of the Week award on Oct. 17. The longest streak prior to that was three by Pepperdine (1997, 2001, and 2002) and Santa Clara (1998) ... The last time the Waves were 12-0 in the WCC was during the 2003 season when they finished the conference slate undefeated.
LOOKING BACK - The Waves logged its fourth-consecutive shut out victory, after blanking Santa Clara 3-0 last week inside Firestone Fieldhouse. Kim Hill delivered 18 kills on 28 errorless swings for a season-high hitting percentage of .643 and was subsequently named WCC Player of the Week.
LOOKING AHEAD - The Waves wrap up the WCC season next week. They first host San Francisco on Thursday, Nov. 17 before facing San Diego on the road on Saturday, Nov. 19. A final nonconference match with Air Force on Tuesday, Nov. 23 wraps up the regular season.
SOLES4SOULS - The Soles4Souls RV will be here on Nov. 10 to help bring awareness to this year’s “Clothes4Souls” t-shirt campaign. Last year, Pepperdine collected new and gently used shoes for those in need. Be sure to stop by and say hello to Melissa and Heath, who are on a year-long trek across the United States to visit college campuses and bring awareness to the clothing and shoe drive. Start collecting your gently used t-shirts as Pepperdine will be collecting the items later this year.
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT - The Lions are 14-12 overall this season and fourth in the WCC at 7-6. Jasmine Rankins paces LMU with 3.22 kills/set while Betsi Metter has been dominant defensively with a league-best 5.00 digs/set.
THE LAST TIME LMU EDITION - In front of an ESPNU audience, the Waves topped Loyola Marymount 3-0 inside Gertsten Pavilion on Oct. 5. Lilla Frederick tallied a match-best nine kills.
SAINT MARY’S - The Gaels are 13-12 overall and 7-6 in the league. Saint Mary’s is on a three-match win streak after defeating San Diego, Portland and Gonzaga. Jordan Shaw leads the offense with 3.31 kills/set while Sarah Reams picks up 4.18 digs/set on defense.
THE LAST TIME SMC EDITION - The Waves ended their five-match skid versus Saint Mary’s on Sept. 29 when they defeated the Gaels in five sets. Kim Hill tallied a career-best 25 kills earned on an impressive .500 hitting percentage.
WCC POW #5 - Kim Hill earned her third WCC Player of the Week nod on Nov. 7 after leading Pepperdine to a 3-0 shutout versus Santa Clara. The senior collected 18 kills earned on a season-high .643 clip.
1,000 KILLS/1,000 DIGS CLUB - Senior outside hitter Lilla Frederick met the 1,000 career digs milestone on Oct. 20 vs. BYU -- just one game after achieving the same feat in the kills category. She’s just the 16th member of the 1,000 kills club, the ninth to tally 1,000 digs, and just the fourth student-athlete in program history to do so in both. She has been a consistent two-way volleyball player for the Waves this season, hitting 3.03 kills/set and picking up 3.14 digs/set.
LOWE’S SENIOR CLASS - Senior Kim Hill was chosen as one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The winner is determined by a combination of fan , coach and media votes. Vote daily at www.seniorclassaward.com.
HILL’S RESUME - Senior Kim Hill has collected her fair share of awards already this season. She’s been honored as a preseason All-WCC selection, the October WCC Player of the Month and has earned Player of the Week recognition three times. Prior to this season, Hill has twice picked up AVCA All-American honorable mention status in addition to a multitude of conference awards. She is having perhaps her best season yet as a senior, and leads the Waves with 3.76 kills/set
WCC POW #3 - Kellie Woolever was tabbed WCC Player of the Week on Oct. 10 after leading the Waves to wins over LMU and BYU. Versus the Lions, the sophomore setter scattered 31 assists while nailing down five kills on a .571 hitting percentage. Later in the week against the Cougars, she collected 21 digs and dished 54 assists. She came through in the clutch, recording three blocks in the final five points to give Pepperdine the come-from-behind fourth-set win to clinch the match.
WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK - PARTS 1 & 2 - Senior Kim Hill earned her second consecutive West Coast Conference Player of the Week award on Oct. 3. Hill catapulted the Waves to a 3-2 victory over Saint Mary’s on Sept. 29 with a career-high 25 kills. The week prior, she averaged 3.67 kills/set versus both Portland and Gonzaga. She tallied a team-best 33 total kills in two matches, highlighted by her 10th kill of the contest versus Portland which counted as career kill No. 1,000. Hill has led the Waves all season long with a kills average of 3.68.
SENIOR SALUTE - Pepperdine will pay tribute to its senior class during the final home WCC contest of the season on Thursday, Nov. 17 versus San Francisco. The Waves will bid farewell to four seniors including Lilla Frederick, Kim Hill, Stevi Robinson and Janea Rosell.
CHART TOPPERS - When counting only league matches, the Waves rank first in every statistical category with the exception of service aces and digs. Pepperdine ranks first in kills (14.93), hitting percentage (.291), opponent hitting percentage (.128), blocks (2.96) and assists (13.93). They rank third in digs (15.09) and second in service aces (1.33). Individually, Kellie Woolever and Stevi Robinson lead the conference in the assist and service ace categories, respectively.
WCC STAT COMPARISON - Kim Hill boasts the second highest average in the league with 3.76 kills/set, and her 25 put aways versus Saint Mary’s counts as the most by any WCC student-athlete in a single match this season. Lilla Frederick ranks ninth with 3.14 digs/set and Stevi Robinson ranks seventh with 3.49 digs/set. Frederick also sits in eighth in the kills category with 3.03 and 10th with 0.27 service aces/set. Samantha Cash leads the Waves and ranks second in the conference with 1.19 blocks/set, and fifth with a .329 hitting percentage. Kellie Woolever dishes 11.04 assists/set to lead the conference (and 26th in the NCAA). Victoria Adelhelm sits in eighth place with 1.03 blocks/set
UPDATING THE PEPPERDINE RECORD BOOK - Kim Hill reached the 1,000 career kills milestone on Sept. 22 at Portland. She currently ranks 11th all-time with a tally of 1,148 put aways ... Lilla Frederick hit the millennium milestone in kills on Oct. 15 at San Francisco. She has 1,041 total kills to rank 13th ... Frederick became the Waves’ ninth member of the 1,000 digs club and just the fourth person to reach the 1,000 milestone in both kills and digs on Oct. 20 at BYU ... Hill’s current career hitting percentage of .319 ranks sixth all-time, while Victoria Adelhelm’s .315 clip ranks seventh .... Hill recently broke into Pepperdine’s top-10 in the blocks category, and is currently listed at #8 with 344 career rejections. Five more blocks will bump the senior up to seventh place ... Stevi Robinson ranks second all-time with a digs/set average of 4.34 and is the Waves’ all-time leader with 1,611 overall pick ups ... Robinson is eighth with 99 service aces.
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Nina Matthies - Now in her 29th season as head coach of the Waves, Nina Matthies’ career record currently stands at 543-318 (.630), 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.
SAND VOLLEYBALL - The Pepperdine University Department of Athletics added women’s sand volleyball as an intercollegiate sport, and will begin competing for the first time in the spring of 2012. Matthies and Marcio Sicoli will coach the Waves, who are one of around 20 schools to sponsor the emerging sport. Caitlin Racich was Pepperdine’s first sand volleyball scholarship recipient for Pepperdine, and will forego her junior season of indoor volleyball to compete with the U.S. Junior National Beach team in preparation for this spring.
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 36 seasons, including 11 trips to the NCAA Championships in the last 14 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 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. The 2011-12 school year marks Pepperdine’s 75th anniversary.