April 18, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - The undefeated, #1-ranked Pepperdine women’s sand volleyball team spends the weekend, April 20-21, in Hermosa Beach, Calif. competing at the USAV Beach Collegiate Challenge. The event will feature both dual and pairs play and teams from Long Beach State, USC, Hawaii, UCLA, Loyola Marymount, Santa Clara and CSU Bakersfield are all scheduled to be in attendance.
THE SCHEDULE - Saturday is dual day and the eight teams will divide into two pools ... Pepperdine will play Hawaii, UCLA and Santa Clara ... The other pool includes Long Beach State, USC, LMU and CSU Bakersfield ... The winner, based on standings, of each pool will play in a championship match set for 3 p.m. ... Pairs play takes center stage on Sunday ... Action is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. with the last matches scheduled for 3:15 p.m. ... Three separate brackets will be played out ... The Gold Bracket will feature the No. 1 and No. 2 pairs from the eight schools in attendance ... The Silver Bracket will pit the No. 3 and No. 4 teams against each other, while the Bronze Bracket features the No. 5 duos.
LOCATION - The event will take place on the north side of the pier in Hermosa Beach in front of the Beach House Hotel at: 1300 The Strand, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. While admission to the event itself is free, parking structures surrounding the venue charge a nominal fee.
COVERAGE - Final results and recaps will be posted at www.PepperdineSports.com ... For in-match updates, follow the Waves on Twitter @PepperdineWVB.
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.
LOOKING BACK - The Waves hosted USC and Hawaii at Zuma Beach and won 5-0 on both accounts on April 6 ... Pepperdine’s dominance carried over into pairs play and Waves tallied up five more wins out of the six contested ... Victoria Adelhelm and Taylor Racich, who hold down the No. 4 spot in the lineup, topped No. 1 pair Jane Croson and Ashley Kastl of Hawaii in straight sets ... On April 10, Pepperdine hosted Long Beach State and UCLA ... The Waves defeated the 49ers 4-1 before downing the Bruins 5-0.
UNDEFEATED - Not only are the Waves undefeated in dual match play this season at 14-0, but three different pairs also have yet to lose in 2013 (minimum five matches played) ... Lilla Frederick and Kim Hill are 19-0, while “Team Kell (i) ey” aka Kelley Larsen and Kellie Woolever are 17-0 ... Victoria Adelhelm and Taylor Racich 10-0 after teaming up for the first time on March 26.
NO. 1 - Fifth-year seniors Lilla Frederick and Kim Hill are playing at the top of the Waves’ lineup in 2013, and are the only pair who was together last season in 2012 ... Frederick and Hill boast a career-record of 44-9 including 28-4 in dual action ... Both Frederick and Hill picked up AVCA All-American honors last year.
AVCA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP REMATCH - In a rematch of the 2012 AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championship, the Waves fell behind early 0-2 to #2-ranked Long Beach State on March 21 ... Pepperdine’s top three pairs all won to lift the Waves to a 3-2 victory.
OLYMPIC TRAINING CENTER - The Waves swept the team and individual honors at the USAV Beach Collegiate Challenge at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. ... Pepperdine bounced back from an 0-2 deficit to defeat #4 Florida State 3-2 in the first-ever dual meeting between the programs ... The Waves went on to sweep #9 Nebraska and Grand Canyon ... In the pairs championship, Lilla Frederick and Kim Hill won the Gold Bracket while “Team Kell(i)ey,” comprised of Kelley Larsen and Kellie Woolever, won the Silver Bracket.
PEPPERDINE TRADITION - Pepperdine is no stranger to winning national titles. Since 1947, the Waves have won 21 various championships. At the NCAA level, Pepperdine has claimed nine team championships (Men’s Volleyball, 5; Baseball, 1; Men’s Golf, 1; Men’s Water Polo, 1; Men’s Tennis, 1) and three individual titles (men’s tennis: 2 doubles champions, 1 singles champion). The Waves have also won national team and individual titles at the NAIA level back in the 1950’s and clinched its first championship when the now defunct football team won the 1947 Small College crown. The Waves’ 2012 AVCA National Championship titles, both the team and the pairs, were Pepperdine’s first national championships captured by any of its women’s teams.
ZUMA BEACH - The Waves call Zuma Beach “home,” practicing and hosting all home events at one of Malibu’s most picturesque locations. Courts are located just west of Point Dume, near Tower 2 or at the 29800 block of the Pacific Coast Highway.
COMING SOON! - The Waves announced that Delaney Knudson will join the team in 2014. Knudson committed to the Waves back in November and is the program’s first National Letter of Intent signee. A product of Valencia, Calif., Knudson has held a AAA rating in the California Beach Volleyball Association rankings since the age of 16.
Nina Matthies - Nina Matthies’ just completed her 30th season as head coach for the indoor team and boasts a career record of 575-332 (.634), which includes 10 conference championships and 20 NCAA Tournament appearances. She is by far the WCC’s all-time winningest coach and is a 10-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.
Marcio Sicoli - Marcio Sicoli is in his second season assisting Matthies in the sand after just completing his fifth season on the sidelines for the indoor team. Sicoli is highly lauded for his approach to training and served as head coach for Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings during their gold-medal run at the 2012 London Olympics. Sicoli also served as the assistant coach for the Brazilian Olympic Women’s Beach Volleyball Team from 2000 to 2004. In 2004, his team of Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede took home the silver medal in Athens.
VOLLEYBALL HISTORY - The Pepperdine women’s sand volleyball program has been at the forefront of the sport since it was introduced in 2012. The Waves went a perfect 14-0 in dual match play and won the inaugural AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Team Championship in Gulf Shores, Ala. Pepperdine’s Caitlin Racich -- the program’s first-ever scholarship recipient -- and partner Summer Ross took home the pairs national crown as well. Racich and Ross, as well as Kim Hill and Lilla Frederick, were all named to the 10-member inaugural sand volleyball AVCA All-American class. Hill stands as the first, and to date only, student-athlete to earn AVCA All-American first team honors in both indoor and sand volleyball in a single season.
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.