Oct. 7, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - A busy week is in store for the #23 Pepperdine women’s volleyball team, as the Waves host three matches beginning on Monday, Oct. 8 vs. Bucknell. The Waves welcome West Coast Conference opponents San Francisco on Thursday, Oct. 11 and Santa Clara on Saturday, Oct. 13.
MATCH 19 - Monday (Oct. 8) at Firestone Fieldhouse: Bucknell (6-13) at #23 Pepperdine (11-7, 1-4 WCC) at 5 p.m.
MATCH 20 - Thursday (Oct. 11) at Firestone Fieldhouse: San Francisco (12-6, 3-2 WCC) at #23 Pepperdine at 7 p.m.
MATCH 21 - Saturday (Oct. 13) at Firestone Fieldhouse: Santa Clara (14-5, 4-1 WCC) at #23 Pepperdine at 1 p.m.
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.
COVERAGE - All three home matches this week can be followed online via GameTracker and WaveCasts. Links to all available media can be found on the Waves’ schedule page.
LOOKING BACK - Pepperdine went 1-1 last week, defeating UC Santa Barbara on the road, 3-1, before falling in four sets to #15 San Diego inside Firestone Fieldhouse. Kellie Woolever registered the rare triple-double against the Gauchos. The junior tagged down a career-high 12 kills earned on a blistering .750 hitting percentage. The setter continued to help out the offense and dished 41 assists, leading Pepperdine to a team clip of .236 (61 kills-20 errors-174 attempts). On the defensive end, she added 18 digs and two blocks. Victoria Adelhelm punched down a season-high 15 kills against the Toreros while Taylor Racich set a personal career record with five service aces.
LOOKING AHEAD - Next week, the Waves make the trip to the Pacific Northwest to play at Portland (Oct. 18) and Gonzaga (Oct. 20).
BUCKNELL - The Bison are 6-13 entering into Monday’s match, after suffering a 3-0 loss to Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday ... Jessica Serrato leads the offense with 2.38 kills/set ... Karen Campbell leads the defense with a 1.00 blocks/set average ... Bucknell competes in the Patriot League ... This is the first-ever meeting between Bucknell and Pepperdine.
SAN FRANCISCO - The Dons are 12-6 overall and 3-2 in the WCC after defeating Portland and Gonzaga last week ... Jocelyn Levig averages 3.72 kills/set and Ester DeVries follows with a 3.53 average ... KOPILOVITCH, Rebecca picks up 4.56 digs/set.
SANTA CLARA - The Broncos are 14-5 this season and 4-1 in the WCC ... Three players are averaging 2.14 kills/set or more in SCU’s well-rounded offensive effort ... Taylor Milton accounts for 2.84 kills/set followed by Megan Anders with 2.79 kills/set ... Katy Schatzman picks up 3.70 digs/set to pace the defense ... Santa Clara won the opening match of the season series, 3-1, on Sept. 29 ... The Broncos have won six of the last seven, with their only loss coming against San Diego.
RANKINGS - Pepperdine opened the 2012 campaign listed at a season-best #11 in the AVCA Coaches’ Top-25 Preseason Poll and is currently sitting at #23 in the rankings. New rankings will be release around noon on Oct. 8.
NOTING THE WAVES - Pepperdine is 733-429-2 all time and 304-77 in West Coast Conference play ... Nina Matthies is 566-327 and is in her 30th season at the helm.
BEST OF THE WEST - As of the last West Coast Conference statistics release (Oct. 2), Pepperdine averaged the fourth most assists (13.41) of any WCC school ... The Waves are fourth in kills (14.30), fifth in hitting percentage (.244), fifth in opponent hitting percentage (.206), fourth in digs (15.02), fifth in blocks (2.23) and eighth aces (0.91).
SINGLED OUT - As of Oct. 2, Victoria Adelhelm has the fourth highest hitting percentage (.384) in the West Coast Conference ... Adelhelm also ranks second in blocks (1.25) ... Kellie Woolever ranks third in assists (10.91) ... Michaela Christiaansen ranks seventh in digs (3.64) ... Jazmine Orozco ranks fourth in kills (3.54).
STREAKING - Jazmine Orozco has reached double digits kill totals in the last 11 consecutive matches ... Between Sept. 14-22, Orozco registered kills-digs double doubles in all five matches in that span ... Kellie Woolever has only missed two serves all season boasts a team-high serve percentage of .992 (6 aces-2 error-262 attempts) ... Michaela Christiaansen has reached double-digit dig totals in 10-straight contests, and has surpassed 20 digs in the last two matches.
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.
Nina Matthies - Now in her 30th season as head coach of the Waves, Nina Matthies’ career record currently stands at 565-327 (.634), 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.
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.