Waves earn top spot in AVCA rankings for the first time since March 2010.
Nina Matthies ends her 31-year career as the Waves' indoor volleyball coach with a 590-343 (.632) record.
Samantha Cash leads Waves with 11 kill and five blocks in loss.
Becca Strehlow earns her first triple double with 49 assists, 13 digs and 10 blocks.
Just one match left inside Firestone Fieldhouse for the Waves in 2013. Be sure to join us next Saturday, Nov. 16, at 1 p.m. when the Waves face LMU.
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Nationally recognized as one of the game's top volleyball teachers, Nina Matthies has solidified the Pepperdine women's program into a perennial Top 10 entity and a regular NCAA Championships participant during her 23-year tenure in Malibu.
Since first assuming the head coaching duties at Pepperdine in 1983, Matthies has directed the Waves to 18 winning seasons, 15 NCAA Championships berths and one appearance at the National Invitational Volleyball Championships (NIVC) in 1995. Additionally, the Waves have earned national Top 25 recognition 13 times and captured 10 West Coast Conference (WCC) championships since the league was formed in 1985.
With Matthies at the helm, Pepperdine enjoyed its most successful season, statistically, in 2003 as the Waves registered a 27-3 overall record, captured its third straight WCC title by going undefeated for the third year in a row and advanced to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament after earning the program's first ever No. 1 regional seed. The Waves, who produced a school-record 25-match winning streak before losing to eventual Final Four contenders, Minnesota, concluded the year ranked No. 6 in the final American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll, for the second consecutive season. The No. 6 ranking is the program's highest ever.
The team's success helped earn Matthies the AVCA's Co-Pacific Region and WCC "Coach of the Year" honors. It marked the third time in her career that Matthies was tabbed Region "Coach of the Year" and ninth time that she has been tabbed the WCC's top coach. Furthermore, she was named the 2003-04 Pepperdine "Coach of the Year."
The 2002 team concluded its season with a 26-7 overall mark while appearing at the "Elite Eight" in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.
Self-motivated by an energetic and vibrant personality, Matthies has firmly established her coaching credentials at Pepperdine while still maintaining a demanding schedule and attending to family needs.
The Waves annually play one of the nation's toughest non-conference schedules, and Pepperdine has compiled a cumulative 22-year record of 440-263 (.626) during Matthies' career. Matthies has earned the WCC's "Coach of the Year" honor nine times, and has three times been named Regional Coach of the Year, " receiving the honor in 1999, 2002, and 2003.
Additionally, Matthies was recognized by Volleyball Magazine as one of the sport's most influential people during its first 100 years of existence. In March of 2004, USA Volleyball named her to its "75th Anniversary All-Era" team.
Pepperdine has dominated its WCC foes, posting an impressive mark of 240-50 (.828) against league opponents since 1985. In fact, the Waves established a conference record by winning 47 consecutive league matches from 1988-1992. Pepperdine won 41 consecutive homecourt matches at Firestone Fieldhouse against league foes from 1986-1992, establishing yet another league record.
In fact, the Waves have gone undefeated in WCC play a total of nine times--accomplishing the feat in 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2003.
Pepperdine has won 20 or matches in seven of the last 11 seasons, posting a cumulative record of 234-90 (.722) since the start of the 1995 campaign.
Matthies became Pepperdine's third head women's volleyball coach in February of 1983, and she proceeded to direct the Waves to a 24-15 record and an NCAA Championships berth the following season. In 1985, the Waves compiled a 21-14 record and won the inaugural WCC title.
Pepperdine has advanced to the NCAA Championships a total of 15 times during Matthies' coaching tenure in Malibu, and the Waves won WCC titles in 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2003.
In 1997, Pepperdine won its first 13 matches and rolled to an impressive overall mark of 23-6. The Waves advanced to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 1991, and posted wins over a number of Top 20 ranked opponents including Hawaii, Loyola Marymount, Pacific and UC Santa Barbara. Pepperdine was ranked No. 24 nationally in the final American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll.
In 1999, Pepperdine rolled to a 26-4 mark, won the WCC title with a perfect 14-0 mark and advanced to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Championships for the second straight season. For the first time in school history, the Waves hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA Championships. Pepperdine recorded victories over Arkansas State and Michigan State to advance to the third round where they were defeated by cross-town rival UCLA in University Park, Penn. Formerly recognized as one of the world's top beach volleyball players, Matthies retired from the sport following the 1992 summer campaign. In December 2004, she was honored with seven plaques at the legendary Manhattan Beach Volleyball Walk of Fame, one plaque for each of her seven Manhattan Beach Open titles. Matthies spearheaded a successful effort in the mid-1980's to create the Women's Professional Volleyball Association (WPVA)--an organization which laid the foundation for the dramatically enhanced national visibility of the women's beach tour. Matthies was inducted into the WPVA's "Hall of Fame" in 1995 and was honored as one of the "20 Legends of Beach Volleyball" in a ceremony at UCLA in 1997.
As a collegiate player at UCLA, Matthies was the team captain in 1974 and 1975, and helped the Bruins capture two consecutive AIAW national titles. Her jersey was retired by UCLA in 1987. Matthies also represented the United States at the 1971 Pan American Games, and played professionally in the International Volleyball Association and the former Women's Professional League.
During the 2000 summer, Matthies, who is a member of the Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame, received an invitation to be a team leader/coach for the USA women's beach volleyball team at the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
Matthies began her coaching career in 1977, serving as an assistant to Andy Banachowski at UCLA. Matthies worked in that capacity for six seasons, helping the Bruins post a cumulative record of 192-64 (.750), before assuming the head coaching position at Pepperdine prior to the 1983 campaign.
A resident of Malibu, Matthies lives in a Decker Canyon home with her husband, Dan. They have two sons, Morgan and Marty. Morgan graduated from Pepperdine in May 2004 and enjoyed a successful academic and water polo career at Pepperdine and is now a member of the Los Angeles Police Department. Her younger son, Marty, is a senior at Cal and is a captain of the Bear's water polo team.