Women's Volleyball Signs Three Recruits

MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's volleyball team, under the direction of head coach Nina Matthies, announced today that three future student-athletes have signed letters-of-intent: setter Kellie Woolever and outside hitters Emily Cook and Kelley Larsen.

The Waves lose two senior starters off the 2009 squad - setter Kiah Fiers and outside hitter Rachel Grochmal - so the trio could have the opportunity to make their mark immediately. Each of the three ranked in the top 115 on prepvolleyball.com's Senior Aces list.

"Our freshman class will be coming in with a great deal of experience," Matthies said. "All three played at good high schools that did well in their league, have been successful playing at the club level and are used to winning. We're getting three kids who will be ready to contribute right away. They've been playing at a very high level that's not too far away from what they'll see at the college level. These are great kids from great families and we're really looking forward to having them join us."

Following is capsule information on each recruit:

Emily Cook
Outside Hitter, 5-foot-11, Murrieta, Calif. (Murrieta Valley HS)
Ranks #96 on the prepvolleyball.com Senior Aces list ... A 2009-10 AVCA/Under Armour All-American second team selection ... A four-time all-league first team selection and a three-time all-valley honoree ... Team won the league title in 2009 ... Plays for Orange County Volleyball Club ... Also a beach standout that was named the 2007 AAU Beach Volleyball Player of the year, and a two-time beach national champion.

Cook says: "I chose Pepperdine because I loved the coaching staff and all the girls on the team, and of course the campus is beautiful. It's perfect!"

Matthies says: "Emily is a really athletic, very explosive player. She has a real live arm. He has a great court demeanor and I'm looking forward to the depth she's going to provide at outside hitter."

Kelley Larsen
Outside Hitter, 6-foot-2, Jamul, Calif. (Christian HS)
Ranks between #101-#115 on the prepvolleyball.com Senior Aces list ... Made the all-league first team as a senior and sophomore and second team as a junior ... Earned scholar-athlete honors her final two years ... Most recently played club with the Coast Volleyball Club 17-1s ... Attended the same high school as former Pepperdine All-American Katie Wilkins.

Larsen says: "Pepperdine was my top choice and for me, it's a dream come true. I chose Pepperdine because of the volleyball program, the coaching staff, the location of the campus, the academic reputation and the Christian background."

Matthies says: "Kelley is going to develop into a fine college player. She's perhaps the sleeper of our three recruits, but she's improved tremendously. She has played for a small high school, but did really well there and was the leader of that team. She adds depth and can play on either the left or the right."

Kellie Woolever
Setter, 6-foot, Long Beach, Calif. (Wilson HS)
Ranks #38 on the prepvolleyball.com Senior Aces list ... A member of the Long Beach Press-Telegram's Dream Team as a sophomore and junior ... Made the All-CIF second team as a junior and was co-MVP of the Moore League ... A four-year starter ... Team won the Moore League three times ... At the club level, played with Mizuno Long Beach for four years and Cal Juniors for three ... Won a 2009 Junior Olympics title with Mizuno Long Beach as well as a silver medal in 2008 ... Was a JO All-American both years ... Played on the high performance USA Youth National blue team."

Woolever says: "I chose Pepperdine because the campus is amazing and I feel comfortable with the coaches."

Matthies says: "Kellie is a tremendous setter and leader. She has a really calm, competitive manner. She played for a great high school team, her club team won JOs and she was the quarterback of that team. We may miss a beat with Kiah graduating but we think Kellie can come in and pick up where Kiah left off."

Pepperdine concluded its regular season with a 16-11 overall record and in third place in the West Coast Conference with a 9-5 mark. The NCAA Tournament field will be announced on Sunday (Nov. 29) at noon PT on ESPNews.




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