#24 Waves Celebrate Matthies' 900th Match with 3-1 Victory vs. Saint Mary's
Nov. 1, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. – Head coach Nina Matthies, who began her coaching tenure with the Pepperdine women’s volleyball team in 1983, celebrated her 900th match this evening. Although faced with #25-ranked Saint Mary’s, the Waves did not disappoint their long-time leader and defeated the visiting Gaels 3-1.
Matthies boasts an all-time record of 573-327 in her 30 seasons as head coach of the Waves – by far the best of any coach in the league.
Pepperdine (18-7, 7-4 West Coast Conference) won by set scores of 25-22, 27-25, 19-25, 25-22.
"The last couple of weeks we have regrouped a little bit,” commented Matthies after the contest. “We need to win out, I feel, to be in the best position for postseason. We really need to take care of business at home and I thought the kids did a really nice job tonight. Saint Mary's is a great team. That was just a great volleyball match all-around."
Defending WCC Player of the Week Jazmine Orozco (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood HS/Illinois) highlighted the night with 19 kills and 10 digs for the double-double.
Samantha Cash (San Diego, Calif./Canyon Crest Academy) nearly recorded her first career double-double with 13 kills and a career-high nine digs. The sophomore defensively contributed at the net as well, adding a match-high five blocks.
Kelley Larsen (Jamul, Calif./Christian HS) and Victoria Adelhelm (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Santa Fe Christian) also reached double-digit kill totals for the Waves with 10 and 12, respectively. Adelhelm hit for a match-best .556 (12 kills-2 errors-18 attempts) to bring her season clip to .399.
Suiting up as libero for her first start of the season, freshman Natalie Riddering (Sacramento, Calif./El Camino Fundamental HS) was rock-solid on the defensive front and picked up a career-high 20 digs.
"Natalie has been getting better and better and as a freshman she is understanding our offense and defense,” said Matthies of her rookie student-athlete. “She's been a great team player. I'm very proud of her tonight, there being a lot of pressure to come in and start this match, but I wouldn't have started her if I didn't think she could do it. She has been proving it in practice and she made some key, key plays at key times. I'm just really proud of her."
The first set played out extremely close, as evidence by the 12 tie scores and five lead changes. Tied at 22, Orozco sent home a kill – her fifth of the frame – for the sideout and made her way to the service line. Subsequent put aways courtesy of Alyssa Mason (Redlands, Calif./Redlands East Valley HS), Adelhelm and Katie Messing (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands HS) put the set away for Pepperdine 25-22.
Although Pepperdine controlled the early tempo in set two, and led by as much as three at 17-14, Saint Mary’s fought its way back and knotted the score at 23 to prompt Matthies to call for a timeout. The Gaels scored coming out of the break to go up set point, but the Waves never faltered and quickly erased the disadvantage with an Orozco kill.
Saint Mary’s was able to negate Pepperdine’s first set point, but was unable to fight off the second one as another Orozco kill clinched the stanza 27-25.
The Waves jumped out to a 13-8 lead in the third, but a late run by the Gaels denied Pepperdine the sweep. Thanks in part to eight kills from Lauren Corp, Saint Mary’s won 25-19.
Corp would end the contest with a match-best 20 kills.
It appeared as the Gaels would force a fifth set after taking a 15-11 lead in the fourth frame. Orozco registered an ace and a kill to get the momentum rolling back in the Waves’ favor, and a Cash-Kellie Woolever (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS) tandem block evened the score at 19. Pepperdine’s relentless defense forced the Gaels to commit an attack error, which was followed by yet another Orozco kill to give the Waves a two point lead, 22-20. The slight advantage was enough, as Pepperdine sided out its way to victory.
Woolever distributed a career-high 63 assists in tonight’s effort, and also picked up 15 digs.
Pepperdine still sits in a tie for fourth with Santa Clara in the WCC standings, but could potentially move up a spot should they finish the week with a ‘W.’
The Waves face #18 San Diego (17-5, 9-3 WCC) on the road this Saturday, Nov. 3.