Nov. 13, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women’s volleyball team hosts three final matches to conclude the 2012 regular season. The Waves entertain #13 BYU (Nov. 12) and Gonzaga (Nov. 17) in West Coast Conference action, before a final non-conference showdown with North Dakota State (Nov. 20).
MATCH 29 - Thursday (Nov. 15) at Firestone Fieldhouse: #13 BYU (24-2, 12-2 WCC) at Pepperdine (18-10, 7-7 WCC) at 7 p.m.
MATCH 30 - Saturday (Nov. 17) at Firestone Fieldhouse: Gonzaga (9-18, 1-13 WCC) at 1 p.m. (SENIOR DAY)
MATCH 31 - Tuesday (Nov. 20) at Firestone Fieldhouse: North Dakota State (12-16, 8-8 Summit League) at Pepperdine at 4 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.
COVERAGE - Live stats and video will be available for all matches this week. Links to all available coverage can be found on the Waves’ schedule page.
LOOKING FURTHER AHEAD - The 64 team NCAA Championship field will be announced on ESPNU, Sunday, Nov. 25, at 1 p.m. (PT). First and second rounds will take place at 16 campus sites across the country on Nov. 30-Dec. 1. The four regional sites this year include Austin, Texas, Berkeley, Calif., Omaha, Neb. and West Lafayette, Ind. Louisville, Ky. will play host to the semifinals and finals of the NCAA Tournament on Dec. 13 and Dec. 15.
SENIOR SALUTE - The Waves will celebrate Senior Day on Saturday vs. Gonzaga. Lone senior Victoria Adelhelm, who has been in the starting lineup since her freshman year in 2009, enters the match with 860 career kills, 445 blocks and a career hitting percentage of .331. This season alone, she is firing for a .378 clip. She will end her tenure at Pepperdine ranked second all-time in blocks and should rank in the top-five in career hitting percentage. In 2012, her blocks/set average of 1.18 ranks third in the WCC. Against Cal State Fullerton, the senior pounded home 10 kills on 14 errorless attempts for a career-high .714 clip. She recently set new season-bests with 15 kills vs. USD on Oct. 6 and nine blocks against Santa Clara on Oct. 13.
BYU - The Cougars are half a game ahead of San Diego to currently sit in first place in the WCC Standings ... BYU’s record currently stands at 24-2 and 12-2 in the league ... The Cougars need one win this week to secure at least a share of the conference title and two wins to claim the championship outright ... Jennifer Hamson leads BYU’s offense and ranks second in the WCC with 3.90 kills/set ... The Cougar’s only two losses this season were to Saint Mary’s and Santa Clara.
GONZAGA - The Bulldogs are 9-18 overall and just 1-13 in conference play ... Gonzaga’s lone WCC victory came against Portland ... Savannah Blinn paces the offense with 3.46 kills/set ... Kristina Lavrisha picks up 3.81 digs/set to rank third in the conference.
NORTH DAKOTA STATE - North Dakota State is 12-16 overall and finished Summit League play with an 8-8 record ... Brynn Joki leads the offense with 3.49 kills/set followed by Megan Lambertson with 3.06.
NOTING THE WAVES - Pepperdine is 740-432-2 all time and 310-80 in West Coast Conference play ... Nina Matthies is 573-330 and is in her 30th season at the helm ... Matthies celebrate her 900th match with the Waves last Thursday vs. Saint Mary’s.
BEST OF THE WEST - Amongst the eight other WCC schools, Pepperdine averages the third most assists (13.55) ... The Waves are third in kills (14.48), third in hitting percentage (.254), sixth in opponent hitting percentage (.213), third in digs (15.34), fifth in blocks (2.22) and seventh in aces (1.13).
SINGLED OUT - Victoria Adelhelm has the second highest hitting percentage (.378) in the West Coast Conference and 30th overall in the NCAA ... Adelhelm also ranks third in the WCC in blocks (1.18) ... Kellie Woolever ranks second in assists (11.19) and 29th overall in the NCAA ... Michaela Christiaansen ranks sixth in digs (3.63) ... Jazmine Orozco ranks third in kills (3.79) ... Taylor Racich ranks eighth in service aces (0.33) ... When counting just league matches, Orozco is second with 3.98 kills/set while Woolever ranks No. 1 with a 11.37 assists/set average.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: WOOLEVER EDITION - Junior setter Kellie Woolever was tabbed the West Coast Conference Player of the Week on Nov. 6 marking the second week in a row the Waves took home the weekly honor. She averaged a staggering 12.44 assists/set in two matches vs. Saint Mary’s and San Diego. She opened with a record-setting performance against the Gaels. The 2011 AVCA All-American honorable mention distributed a career-high 63 assists in the four-set victory. Her previous career best was set at 58 in a five-set win against Loyola Marymount on Oct. 25. On defense, Woolever picked up a team-best 29 total digs in the two matches for a 3.22 average.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH - A day after Kellie Woolever’s Player of the Week nod, Jazmine Orozco was named the WCC October Player of the Month. Orozco delivered impressive performances night after night during the month of October, and led the Waves to a 7-1 record. She contributed a team-high 4.28 kills/set on offense.
RANKINGS - Pepperdine opened the 2012 campaign listed at a season-best #11 in the AVCA Coaches’ Top-25 Preseason Poll and is currently receiving votes in the rankings. The Waves RPI is currently 36 which ranks fourth amongst West Coast Conference schools.
CHECK THE RECORD - Victoria Adelhelm currently ranks second all-time at Pepperdine with 445 blocks, and will likely stay in that spot. Sophia Milo ranks first all-time with 517 blocks ... Kellie Woolever has dished 3,578 assists to rank fifth ... Adelhelm’s career hitting percentage entering her senior year as a Wave stood at .315 which counts as the seventh-highest clip all-time in Malibu. Her current career percentage of .331 ranks fifth ... With 142 blocks in 2011, Samantha Cash nearly set a new rally scoring era single-season record. Milo holds to top spot with 143 blocks in 2005.
HISTORY LESSON - Check out the complete Pepperdine women’s volleyball program’s record book online at: http://www.pepperdinesports.com/sports/w-volley/spec-rel/w-volley-media-guides.html
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 573-330 (.636), 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.
2012 WCC PRESEASON COACHES POLL - The Waves were picked to finish third in the West Coast Conference, behind Saint Mary’s and San Diego, who were tied for first in the vote. BYU was voted to finish fourth followed by San Francisco, Loyola Marymount, Santa Clara, Portland and Gonzaga. Kellie Woolever and Samantha Cash were voted to the preseason all-conference team.
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 #54 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s best colleges.