Pepperdine Battles at Annual USAV Collegiate Challenge at Hermosa Beach
April 10, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - The #2 Pepperdine sand volleyball team battles against a tough lineup of opponents this weekend at the annual USAV Collegiate Challenge in Hermosa Beach. The Waves have been competing at this event dating back to 2009, before sand volleyball was even an ‘NCAA Emerging Sport.’
MATCH 12 - #2 Pepperdine (10-1) vs. Arizona (6-5) | Saturday, April 12 | 11 a.m. | Hermosa Beach
MATCH 13 - #2 Pepperdine vs. CSU Bakersfield (5-6)| Saturday, April 12 | 1 p.m. | Hermosa Beach
MATCH 14 - #2 Pepperdine vs. #3 Hawaii (13-2) | Saturday, April 12 | 3 p.m. | Hermosa Beach
PAIRS - A pairs championship will be contested on Sunday, beginning at 9 a.m. ... Pairs from all eight schools in attendance will be divided into a Gold, Silver or Bronze bracket, based on dual lineup position.
DUAL DAY LOWDOWN - The eight squads competing at the USAV Collegiate Challenge, #1 USC, #2 Pepperdine, #3 Hawaii, #6 UCLA, Arizona, CSU Bakersfield, Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara, will be divided up into two pools ... The teams will play everyone in their pool round robin style ... Different from last season, the winners of the two pools will not face off in a championship match at the conclusion of the day.
COVERAGE - Follow the Waves on Twitter @PeppSandVolley for available in-match updates and other news surrounding the team ... Use the hashtag #USAVSand to post and search for news on Twitter.
EVENT HISTORY - The Waves have experienced tremendous success in Hermosa Beach, even before sand volleyball was added to the NCAA’s list of emerging sports ... Lilla Frederick and Kiah Fiers won the pairs title in 2009, while Fiers and Caitlin Racich placed second a year later ... The Waves tied for first in the team standings with USC in 2010 ... Racich won alongside Kim Hill in 2011 before winning again with Summer Ross in 2012 -- the first season the event was “official” by NCAA standards ... Pepperdine won the team event in both 2011 and 2012 ... In 2013, the Waves edged Long Beach State 3-2 to win the team event ... Hill and Frederick won the gold pairs bracket, Kellie Woolever and Kelley Larsen placed second in the silver bracket, and Emily Cook and Katie Messing claimed victory in the bronze bracket.
HOME COOKIN’ - Senior Emily Cook, with a 9-1 record from the No. 4 spot in the lineup, could face her sister Allie this weekend ... Allie is a junior at Arizona and plays from the No. 4 and 5 positions for the Wildcats ... Lara Dykstra’s younger sister Skylar is a freshman on the UCLA squad, although it is not likely they will face each other ... Lara can usually be found playing at No. 1 or 2, while Skylar plays at No. 4 for the Bruins.
SCOUTING THE FIELD - Pepperdine faced both #3 Hawaii and CSU Bakersfield at the USAV Challenge in Chula Vista, and beat both squads by a 5-0 tally ... The Rainbow Wahine lost to USC 3-2 on March 19 but have posted nine-consecutive shutouts since.
LOOKING BACK - Pepperdine hosted Long Beach State last week at Zuma Beach and emerged with a 4-1 victory ... Kellie Woolever and Kelley Larsen avenged their sole loss in 2013, topping Janisa Johnson and Tyler Jackson in straight sets from the No. 1 spot in the lineup.
LOOKING AHEAD - Pepperdine wraps up the 2014 regular season on April 19, hosting a doubleheader featuring Pacific and Saint Mary’s.
ROSTER - Pepperdine boasts an experienced lineup made up of 10 student-athletes with at least one season of collegiate sand volleyball experience and four newcomers ... Five members of the 2014 squad were there in the beginning, when Pepperdine won the inaugural AVCA National Championship in 2012 ... Those student-athletes include Victoria Adelhelm (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Santa Fe Christian HS), Emily Cook (Huntington Beach, Calif./Murrieta Valley HS), Kelley Larsen (Jamul, Calif./Christian HS), Caitlin Racich (Santa Barbara, Calif./Dos Pueblos HS) and Kellie Woolever (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS.).
#PURPOSE – Pepperdine Athletics officially launched its “Competing with Purpose” campaign during Waves Weekend. The campaign highlights the commitment to our core values that student-athletes, coaches and staff dedicate themselves to daily. Competing with Purpose provides the foundation on which champions are built.
JON DAZE - The Waves’ volunteer assistant coach was recently recognized as one of the AVCA’s Thirty Under 30 Award recipients ... He was the only volunteer assistant coach honored this year and just the second in the history of the award ... Established in 2009, the award honors emerging coaching talent younger than 30 years old at all levels of volleyball.
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.