Sept. 25, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's volleyball team, currently #18 in the AVCA Coaches Poll, tangles with Saint Mary's and Santa Clara on the road this week. The Waves first face the Gaels on Thursday, Sept. 27, before squaring off against the Broncos on Saturday, Sept. 29.
MATCH 13 - Thursday (Sept. 27) at McKeon Pavilion: #18 Pepperdine (10-4, 1-1 WCC) at Saint Mary's (6-7, 1-1 WCC) at 7 p.m.
MATCH 14 - Saturday (Sept. 29) at Leavey Center: #18 Pepperdine at Santa Clara (11-5, 1-1 WCC) at 1 p.m.
COVERAGE - Live stats as well as a subscription based video will be available for Thursday's match against Saint Mary's. On Saturday, both live stats and a free video broadcast will be offered by Santa Clara. Links to all available media can be found on the Pepperdine women's volleyball schedule page.
LOOKING BACK - The Waves went 1-1 during the opening week of West Coast Conference action. Pepperdine suffered a tough three set loss at BYU, before rebounding with a 3-1 triumph over Portland at home. Jazmine Orozco continued her hot streak, and delivered kills-digs double-double performances in both matches. Taylor Racich had the hot hand against the Pilots, with 15 kills earned on a career-high .481 (15 kills-2 errors-27 attempts). Michaela Christiaansen led the defense with an impressive 4.43 digs/set in the two matches for a total of 31.
LOOKING AHEAD - Pepperdine plays one more road match against non-conference rival UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday, Oct. 3 before returning to Firestone Fieldhouse to host San Diego on Saturday, Oct. 6. The following week will be a busy one in Malibu, as the Waves host Bucknell (Oct. 8), San Francisco (Oct. 11) and Santa Clara (Oct. 13).
LOOKING FURTHER BACK - In the grand finale of the preconference season, the Waves faced four opponents - three of them ranked in the AVCA top-25 - in four days. After suffering a loss to then-#2 UCLA, Pepperdine rebounded with three consecutive 3-0 victories to win the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup. On Friday, the Waves downed #11 Florida State and #21 Ohio State before sweeping Houston on Saturday. Jazmine Orozco posted kills-digs double-doubles in the three wins and was named not only the tournament MVP, but the WCC and NCAA Player of the Week.
WCC/NCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Jazmine Orozco picked up the Waves' first WCC Player of the Week award in 2012, on Sept. 17 after pacing the Waves with 4.25 kill/set and 3.33 kills/set in four matches last week. The junior outside hitter notched 12 kills earned on a spectacular .417 clip in the loss to UCLA before registering double-doubles in all three of Pepperdine's straight-set victories at the tournament in Houston. Orozco hit .330 (51 kills-15 errors-109 attacks) on the week, and becomes the Waves' 53rd overall player of the week selection. On Sept. 18, she earned NCAA Player of the Week honors, becoming the first player in program history to do so.
SAINT MARY'S - The Gaels are 6-7 overall and 1-1 in the league after defeating Portland on Monday ... Five of Saint Mary's losses have been against top-25 teams ... Last week, the Gaels opened the WCC season with a 3-0 loss to LMU ... Gabby Jolly contributes 3.22 kills/set on offense and 1.27 blocks/set on the defensive end ... Dalas Dodd dishes 12.00 assists/set and 0.44 service aces/set ... Those number rank sixth and 30th in the NCAA, respectively ... Saint Mary's has lost five of its last seven matches ... In the series with Pepperdine, the Gaels have won six of the last seven matches.
SANTA CLARA - The Broncos are 11-5 this season and 1-1 in the WCC ... Four players are averaging 2.06 kills/set or more in SCU's well-rounded offensive effort ... Megan Anders leads the way with 2.74 kills/set ... Katy Schatzman picks up 4.00 digs/set to pace the defense ... Haley Cameron averages 1.12 blocks/set in WCC matches ... Santa Clara split last week, defeating Gonzaga 3-1 before losing to San Diego by the same score.
RANKINGS - Pepperdine opened the 2012 campaign listed at #11 in the AVCA Coaches' Top-25 Preseason Poll and is currently sitting at #18 in the polls.
NOTING THE WAVES - Pepperdine is 732-426-2 all time and 304-74 in West Coast Conference play ... Nina Matthies is 565-324 and is in her 30th season at the helm ... The Waves have out-killed their opponents in 12 of the 14 matches this season.
AGAINST TOP-25 - Pepperdine is 3-2 vs. opponents ranked in the AVCA top-25 in 2012. All three of the Waves' wins have come in straight sets. Pepperdine has defeated Illinois, Florida State and Ohio State so far this season, and has match ups against top-25 teams in BYU and San Diego left on the schedule.
BEST OF THE WEST - Pepperdine averages the second most assists (13.68) of any West Coast Conference school ... The Waves are tied-for-second in kills (14.60), second in hitting percentage (.255), fifth in opponent hitting percentage (.200), fourth in digs (14.74), fourth in blocks (2.13) and eighth aces (0.94).
SINGLED OUT - Victoria Adelhelm has the third highest hitting percentage (.409) in the West Coast Conference and 19th overall in the NCAA ... Adelhelm also ranks second in blocks (1.21) ... Kellie Woolever ranks third in assists (11.09) and 10th in digs (3.06) ... Woolever's assists average ranks 37th in the NCAA ... Michaela Christiaansen ranks seventh in digs (3.83) ... Jazmine Orozco ranks fourth in kills (3.64).
PEPPERDINE ASICS CLASSIC - The Waves won their annual home tournament with wins over Cal State Fullerton and Arizona. Victoria Adelhelm was named Most Valuable Player after averaging 2.75 kills/set earned on a staggering .611 hitting percentage. The senior additionally led the team with 1.12 blocks/set. Jazmine Orozco (4.25 k/s, .307 hit. %) and Michaela Christiaansen (4.12 d/s) were named to the all-tournament team. Pepperdine also got A+ performances from Kellie Woolever (11.25 a/s, 5.38 d/s) and Taylor Racich (3.57 k/s).
TOURNAMENT RECAP - In addition to first-place showings at the Pepperdine Asics Classic and the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup, the Waves placed second at the Dayton Flyer Classic and the Rams Volleyball Classic behind host schools Dayton and Colorado State, respectively. Kellie Woolever has earned all-tournament team honors at every event with the exception of the Asics Classic. Victoria Adelhelm was MVP of the Asics Classic and an all-tournament team member at the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup. Jazmine Orozco earned MVP status at the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup and was an all-tournament team member at the Colorado State and Pepperdine tournaments. Michaela Christiaansen made the all-tournament team at the Asics Classic.
STREAKING - Jazmine Orozco has achieve the kills-digs double-double in the last five consecutive matches dating back to Sept. 14 vs. Florida State ... Kellie Woolever has not missed a serve in 69 tries and boasts a team-high serve percentage of .995 (5 aces-1 error-195 attempts) ... Michaela Christiaansen has reached double-digit dig totals in six-straight contests.
Jazmine Orozco - Illinois transfer Jazmine Orozco has made a huge impact for Pepperdine in her short time with the Waves. She leads the team with 3.61 kill/set and is the only player to have reached the 20+ kill milestone in a single match this season. Orozco tallied a tied-for-career-best 21 kills vs. Arizona. She was voted to both the Pepperdine Asics Classic and Rams Volleyball Classic all-tournament teams and picked up MVP honors at the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup. She was named WCC Player of the Week on Sept. 17 and NCAA Player of the Week on Sept. 18.
Victoria Adelhelm - Senior Victoria Adelhelm, who has been in the starting lineup since her freshman year in 2009, has put her veteran status on display in 2012 and has played at a consistently high level the entire season. She's hitting .409 -- third in the WCC and 19th in the NCAA -- and ranks second on the team with a 2.45 kills/set average. Against Cal State Fullerton, the senior pounded home 10 kills on 14 errorless attempts for a career-high .714 clip.
IT COULD HAPPEN - With 13 blocks this week, Victoria Adelhelm will move into second place all-time in the Pepperdine career blocks category.
Kellie Woolever - Junior Kellie Woolever is back for her third season as the Waves' starting setter. Dubbed "one of the best setters in the country" by Matthies, Woolever was an All-WCC preseason selection in 2012. She picked up AVCA All-American and All-Pacific Region honorable mention accolades, and was an All-WCC first team pick as a sophomore 2011. She earned all tournament team honors at the Dayton Flyer Classic, Rams Volleyball Classic and Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup. Not only does the junior average 11.09 assists/set -- third in the WCC and 37th in the NCAA -- the southpaw proves to be a viable offensive threat as well with 1.28 kills/set while hitting .402. On defense, she picks up 3.06 digs/set and came one shy of her single match best with 25 digs against Arizona.
TAYLOR RACICH - Freshman Taylor Racich made her first start of the season against Cal State Fullerton and did not disappoint. From the right side, Racich paced the Waves with 17 kills earned on a blazing .438 (17 kills-3 errors-32 attempts) hitting percentage. The freshman added five digs and five blocks for a match-high 19.5 points. In the follow-up match against Arizona, Racich came through with a clutch kill and service ace in back-to-back points to help lift Pepperdine to a 15-12 win in the fifth and deciding set. Last time out, Racich led the Waves with 15 kills on a new career-best .481 (15-2-27) clip.
Katie Messing - Although sophomore Katie Messing has established herself as a front-row only offensive weapon, the outside hitter got to show her defensive chops on Sept. 1 vs. Arizona. Messing shattered her previous career high with 15 digs. Along with 13 kills, it was her first-ever double-double. Messing averages 2.45 kill/set through 29 sets played.
PIN PLAYERS - Coach Nina Matthies has eight players at her disposal to play the outside and opposite side hitting positions. So far in 2012, Jazmine Orozco has emerged as one of the starting outside hitters. Other players to have gotten the start on the left side are Katie Messing, Kelley Larsen and Emily Cook. Taylor Racich and Alyssa Mason have shared starting duties on the right side. Lexi Weldon and Natalie Riddering have provided support coming off the bench.
CHECK THE RECORD - Victoria Adelhelm currently ranks third all-time at Pepperdine with 380 blocks. With 393, the senior will move up into the second place where she is likely to stay (Sophia Milo ranks first all-time with 517 blocks) ... Kellie Woolever has dished 2,935 assists to rank sixth. With 665 more assists, the junior takes over fifth place ... Adelhelm's career hitting percentage entering her senior year as a Wave stood at .315 which counts as the seventh-highest clip all-time in Malibu. Her current career percentage of .328 ranks fifth ... With 142 blocks in 2011, Samantha Cash nearly set a new rally scoring era single-season record. Milo holds to top spot with 143 blocks in 2005.
SOCIAL HUB - There are several ways to interact with the Waves online. Fans can follow the women's volleyball team on Twitter @PepperdineWVB and "like" the team on Facebook by searching for Pepperdine Women's Volleyball. You can follow "PepperdineWaves" on Instagram, or subscribe to "Pepperdine Athletics" on YouTube. Visit PepperdineSports.com for the Waves' complete social media directory.
WAVECASTS - All Pepperdine women's volleyball home matches are broadcast live and for FREE via WaveCasts. In addition to live broadcasts, WaveCasts also offers a large selection of game highlights, interviews, features and more!
TICKETS - Single-session prices are $8 for adults, $5 for students/seniors/children and free to all Pepperdine students, faculty and staff with a valid Pepperdine ID. An all-sports pass, which provides admission to all Pepperdine home sporting events, with the exception of men's basketball, is $100. Call the Ticket Office at (866) WAVE-TIX for more information.
Nina Matthies - Now in her 30th season as head coach of the Waves, Nina Matthies' career record currently stands at 565-324 (.636), which includes 11 conference championships and 19 NCAA Tournament appearances. She is by far the WCC's all-time winningest coach and is a 10-time WCC Coach of the Year, most recently winning the award in 2011. 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.
2012 WCC PRESEASON COACHES POLL - The Waves were picked to finish third in the West Coast Conference, behind Saint Mary's and San Diego, who were tied for first in the vote. BYU was voted to finish fourth followed by San Francisco, Loyola Marymount, Santa Clara, Portland and Gonzaga. Kellie Woolever and Samantha Cash were voted to the preseason all-conference team.
OLYMPIC CONNECTION - Pepperdine assistant coach Marcio Sicoli guided Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings to an unprecedented third gold medal at the London Olympics in 2012. He follows in the footsteps of the Waves' Troy Tanner, who was May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings' coach in 2008. In fact, a coach with Pepperdine ties has directed a gold-medal winning beach team at three of the last four Olympics.
2011 RECAP - The Waves had a banner year in 2011, finishing the season with a 25-7 record and ranked #6 in the final AVCA Coaches' Poll. After winning the WCC title with a 15-1 record, Pepperdine played host to the NCAA first and second rounds. Pepperdine shut out Missouri State and North Carolina, before blanking Kansas State in the regional semifinals in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Waves nearly upset top-ranked USC in the regional final, but the Trojans escaped with a narrow 3-2 victory. Kim Hill was named an AVCA first team All-American, while Kellie Woolever earned a mention on the honorable mention squad. Pepperdine reaped several conference awards, including a WCC Player of the Year in Hill and a Freshman of the Year in Samantha Cash. All-WCC first team honors were given to Hill, Cash, Woolever and Lilla Frederick, while Stevi Robinson was voted to the honorable mention squad. Cash and Katie Messing were named to the WCC All-Freshman squad.
SAND VOLLEYBALL - In the inaugural season of collegiate sand volleyball, Pepperdine was unmatched among the first set of schools to adopt the NCAA emerging sport. Led by former beach great Nina Matthies, the Waves steam rolled the competition and posted a 14-0 overall record. At the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala., the Waves posted wins in the double-elimination team event over College of Charleston and Long Beach State twice. It was Pepperdine's 12th national championship by its teams, but first by a women's program. Lilla Frederick, Kim Hill, Caitlin Racich and Summer Ross were named All-Americans. Racich and Ross won the pairs title a day later, fighting off three match points in the third and final set to beat the 49ers' Caitlin Ledoux and Tara Roenicke.
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.