Team Kell(i)ey ends their three-year run as a pair as AVCA All-Americans
Pepperdine concludes the 2015 season with a 13-6 record, reaching the semifinals of the national championships.
Pepperdine plays Florida International in an elimination round match tomorrow at 9 a.m. (PT)
Pepperdine opens defense of its national title on Friday morning vs. Georgia State.
Pepperdine will play Georgia State in the first round of the team championships on May 1.
Sand Volleyball: AVCA All-Americans & Pairs Championship (Photos by Xtreme Photo FX/Bobby McDuffie)
Pepperdine def. Florida State, 4-1, in the quarterfinals of the AVCA National Championship (Photos by Bobby McDuffie)
Waves top Florida State to reclaim the national championship crown. (Photos by Xtreme Photo FX/Bobby McDuffie)
Sand Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. Long Beach State (Photos by Ron Hall)
Pepperdine at USAV Collegiate Challenge in Hermosa Beach (Photos by Tyler Daugherty/USAV)
CAREER: Won the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Team Championship in the spring of 2014 while playing in the No. 2 spot in the lineup alongside Lara Dykstra … 2013 AVCA All-American honorable mention in indoor, 2014 AVCA Sand Volleyball All-American … Pepperdine’s second student-athlete to earn AVCA All-American honors in both indoor and sand in the same academic year … Through two indoor seasons at Pepperdine, is averaging 9.18 assists per set and 3.15 digs per set … Enters senior indoor season with 1,855 assists, ranking in at #9 in program history … Also has been credited with 637 digs while a Wave … Has appeared in 53 matches and 202 sets … Through two sand seasons at Pepperdine, is 52-14 (.788) overall and 32-6 (.842) in dual matches.
PEPPERDINE SAND 2015: Paced Pepperdine with a team-high 29 wins in 2015 … Charted a 29-7 record overall, including a 16-3 tally in dual matches … Paired with Lara Dykstra for a 24-6 record … Duo went 3-0 when playing at No. 1 and 11-3 from the No. 2 spot … Runner-up champion at the USAV Collegiate Challenge in Chula Vista, falling to teammates Kellie Woolever and Kelley Larsen in the finals … Won the Palmetto Invitational Gold Bracket, defeating Woolever and Larsen in the semifinals and FIU’s Kristine Monforte and Summer Nash in the finals … Runner-up champs in the Gold Bracket of the USAV Collegiate Challenge in Hermosa Beach, falling to eventual national champions Sara Hughes and Kelly Claes of USC … Represented the Waves in the 16-team AVCA Collegiate National Pairs Championship for the second-straight season … Went 3-2 during the team portion of the national championships … Also paired with Emily Cook for a 5-1 record, including a 2-0 record from No. 3.
PEPPERDINE INDOOR 2014: All-WCC honorable mention … All-WCC preseason team … Averaged 8.31 assists/set to rank sixth in the WCC … Spent the first 16 matches of the season setting in a 6-2 offense, averaging 6.07 assists … Served as an outside hitter while in the front row during that time period and contributed 1.89 kills per set … Set from a 5-1 offense the final 14 matches of the season, averaging 11.04 assists/set … Charted three kills-digs-assists triple-doubles, including two at the UC Irvine Tournament, earning her all-tournament honors … Posted 12 kills, 16 digs and 26 assists vs. Nevada (8/30) … Charted 10 kills, 17 digs and 30 assists vs. the Anteaters (9/5) … Earned third triple-double the very next day, recording 12 kills, 10 digs and 22 assists vs. Idaho (9/6) … Averaged a team-best 3.45 digs/set to rank ninth in the conference … Surpassed double-digit dig totals in 20 matches, driving season total up to 383 … Set a new career high with 28 digs at Saint Mary’s (9/25) … Career-high kill total set vs. Nevada (8/30) with 12 and matched vs. Idaho (9/6) … Swung at a career-high .526 (10-0-19) clip at UC Irvine (9/5) … Matched a career high with 58 assists at San Francisco (11/13) … Credited with a season-best five blocks at BYU (10/25) … Also voted to the Asics Classic and Bluejay Invitational all-tournament teams … Season totals include 152 kills while hitting .222 (152-50-414), 922 assists, 20 aces, 60 blocks and 204.0 points.
PEPPERDINE SAND 2014: AVCA Sand Volleyball All-American … Played exclusively with Lara Dykstra, going 23-7 overall and 16-3 in dual play … Tallied a 7-1 record while playing No. 1 and a 9-2 record from the No. 2 spot in the lineup … Produced a perfect 3-0 record during the team portion of the national championships, including dual clinchers vs. USC in the semifinals and Florida State in the finals … Topped Stephanie and Kristina Pellitteri 24-22, 21-17 to secure the 3-2 win vs. the Seminoles and clinch the AVCA National Championship … Reached the Gold Bracket finals of the Sand in the City Tournament, and advanced to the semifinals at both USAV Collegiate Challenge events … Opened the season with a 21-17, 21-14 win over Sara Hughes and Kirby Burnham (3/8), the eventual national pairs champions … Sent down 28 kills vs. the Pellitteri’s during the national championship quarterfinals (5/1) … Collected a season-high 19 digs vs. Alexa Strange and Kelly Claes of USC during the national championship semifinals … Defeated Dagnija Medina and Kim Hildreth of North Florida in the opening round of the AVCA National Pairs Championship before bowing out to the eventual runner-up, Cook and Tiegs, 19-21, 21-15, 15-13 in the quarterfinals.
PEPPERDINE INDOOR 2013: AVCA All-American honorable mention as a sophomore … AVCA All-Pacific South Region first team … All-WCC Honorable Mention … Earned the starting setting spot partway through the season and played in 23 matches and 91 sets … Ranked third in the WCC with 10.25 assists/set … Earned the team’s only WCC Player of the Week award after posting a triple-double vs. Loyola Marymount (11/16) … Credited with 49 assists, 13 digs and 10 blocks vs. the Lions … Blocks total of 10 ties for sixth in the program’s single match (rally scoring era only) history … Just the 10th Wave to earn double-digit block totals in a single match, and the only setter in a list otherwise comprised of middle blockers … Totaled 933 assists … Averaged 2.79 digs/set to rank 10th in the WCC … Put down a season-best nine kills vs. Gonzaga (10/24) … Posted three or more blocks in 17 matches and at least two blocks in 21 or her 22 starts … Totaled 82 blocks, 254 digs, six aces and 95 kills.
UCLA SAND 2013: Member of the Bruins’ first-ever sand volleyball team … Competed in the pairs’ event at the 2013 AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championship … Played alongside Zoe Nightingale mostly from the #2 spot in the lineup … Pair finished the season with a 6-14 overall record.
UCLA INDOOR 2012: All Pac-12 Freshman Team honorable mention … Appeared in 64 sets and 26 matches, including 17 starts as a freshman … Averaged 10.39 assists/set and 2.08 digs/set … Set the Bruins to team hitting percentages of .519 (vs. Idaho, 9/7), .530 (at Colorado (11/9) and .537 (vs. Cal, 11/15), marking the three highest single-match team hitting percentages for UCLA during the rally-scoring era … Dished a season-high 52 assists at USC (9/19) and again at Utah (11/10) … Picked up a season-high 23 digs at Nebraska (8/25) … Surpassed double digits in digs a total of three times … Set a season-best with seven blocks at Utah (11/10) … Tacked down seven kills twice, first at Arizona State (11/3) and again at Utah (11/10) … Other season-highs include three aces and 12 points both vs. Utah (10/17) … Season totals include 53 kills earned on a .471 hitting percentage, 665 assists, six aces, 133 digs, 29.0 blocks and 74.5 points … Made the UCLA Athletic Director’s Honor Roll in the fall of 2012.
CLUB: Played for Sports Shack’s 18 Asics squad and won back-to-back USA Volleyball Junior Nationals 18 Open Championships … Served as the team’s captain from 2011-12 … Named to the all-tournament team three-straight years (2010-12) to become the first player to accomplish the feat in the 18 Open division.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Woodrow Wilson Classical High School in 2012 … Four-year varsity player with experience as a setter, opposite and outside hitter … Played alongside Kellie Woolever during freshman and sophomore seasons … All-CIF Southern Section Division I-AA First Team as a junior and senior … Long Beach Press Telegram Dream Team Player of the Year, MaxPreps California All-State First Team and Moore League Player of the Year in 2011 … All-Moore League first-team performer in each of her final three seasons … Helped lead team to three Moore League titles (2008, 09, 11) … Team captain and MVP as a junior and senior … Ranked #8 on PrepVolleyball.com’s list of Senior Aces and was a Fab 50 selection in 2012 by Volleyball Magazine … Also a PrepVolleyball.com Top-50 junior recruit and a Freshman and Sophomore of the Year finalist … Named Southern California Volleyball Player of the Year by VolleyballNow.net … Also an accomplished sand volleyball player and a member of the USA Beach Volleyball Youth and Junior teams … Finished ninth at the 2010 FIVB Youth World Championship in Portugal alongside fellow Wave Lara Dykstra … Placed fifth at the 2011 FIVB U21 World Championship in Halifax, Nova Scotia with Long Beach State player Tara Roenicke … Teamed up with Dykstra once again at the 2013 FIVB U21 World Championship in Umag, Croatia … Earned a SCVA High Performance Select Gold medal and a USA High Performance Select Bronze medal.
PERSONAL: Born in Long Beach, Calif. to parents Michelle and Eric … Stepfather is Richard Williamson … Has one older sister, Christina … Chose Pepperdine because of “the excellent education, the location, the beautiful campus, the volleyball coaches and their program” … Enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing rummikub and putting together puzzles … Majoring in psychology.
FAVORITES: Favorite pro athlete is Kerri Walsh Jennings … Favorite pro team is the Los Angeles Lakers … Favorite movie is Bridesmaids … Favorite musical artist is Luke Bryan … Favorite sport other than volleyball is baseball … Favorite tv show is How I Met Your Mother … Favorite foods are Mexican food and sushi.