WCC Showdown: Pepperdine Faces Saint Mary's and #19 San Diego in Battle for Top Spot
Oct. 18, 2010
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women’s volleyball team (14-5, 5-0 West Coast Conference) opens a two-match road swing beginning this Wed., Oct. 20 with a 7 p.m. match against Saint Mary’s (12-6, 4-1 WCC). The contest will be broadcast live on ESPNU from McKeon Pavilion. The Waves conclude the week at #19 San Diego (15-4, 5-0 WCC) on Sat., Oct. 23 at 1 p.m.
LOOKING BACK - The Waves extended their win streak to seven, with conference wins over Gonzaga and Portland last week. Lilla Frederick led the Waves in both matches with 15 and 17 kills, respectively, and ended the week with a 5.33 kills/set average. Pepperdine is now a perfect 5-0 in the WCC, along with the #19-ranked Toreros.
LOOKING AHEAD - This week’s matches versus the Gaels and the Toreros wrap up the first half of WCC play. The Waves gear up for round two with home matches versus Santa Clara on Thurs., Oct. 28 and San Francisco on Sat., Oct 30. Pepperdine defeated the Broncos 3-1 on the road earlier this season, and topped the Dons 3-0.
ON THE AIR - This week’s match versus Saint Mary’s will be featured on ESPNU’s Wednesday Night Women’s College Volleyball coverage. Live stats will also be available through GameTracker and can be accessed at www.PepperdineSports.com, where you can also find links to all available media for Pepperdine road contests. All home events will be aired live and for free via Wave Casts.
#19 SAN DIEGO
GETTING TO KNOW THE GAELS - Saint Mary’s is 12-6 (4-1 WCC) ... All six losses came at the hand of teams who are currently or have been in ranked in the AVCA Coaches Top-25 Poll ... SMC touts five players who average 2.15+ kills/set ... Lauren Corp leads the Gaels with 182 total kills this season ... Pepperdine leads the series versus SMC 38-8, but the Gaels have won the last three-straight matches ... The last time the Waves topped Saint Mary’s was on Oct. 2, 2008 when #15-ranked Pepperdine defeated SMC, 3-2 (25-22, 23-25, 17-25, 28-26, 15-10) ... SMC swept the Waves last season by scores of 3-0 at Pepperdine, and 3-2 on its home court ... The Gaels received votes in the latest installment of the AVCA Top-25 rankings.
SCOUTING SAN DIEGO - The #19 Toreros are 15-4 (5-0 WCC) and have won the last seven matches ... San Diego is 3-3 versus ranked opponents this season ... Their only loss to a non-ranked opponent was a 3-0 loss to Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 22 ... The Wave defeated Cal State Fullerton 3-2 on Sept. 10 at the UNLV Invitational ... Ali Troost is USD’s top producer on offense, averaging 3.98 kills/set ... Amy DeGroot and C’era Oliveira protect the backcourt with 3.63 and 3.19 digs/set, respectively ... DeGroot also boasts 3.35 kills/set.
WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK, OCT. 18 - After averaging a blazing 5.33 kills/set and her third season double-double (kills-digs) Lilla Frederick was honored as the WCC Player of the Week. This was the first time the junior outside hitter earned the weekly honor.
IT COULD HAPPEN - Lilla Frederick needs just 12 more kills to reach the 700 career-kills plateau ... Frederick is close to reaching the same milestone in digs and currently boasts 691 in her career ... Brittney Clark is three blocks away from reaching the century mark in career blocks ... With six more kills Clark will have tagged down 100 kills this season .... Stevi Robinson sits in fourth on Pepperdine’s career record lists in the digs category with 1,180. With 67 more digs, she’ll surpass Kekai Crabbe in the rankings.
BATTLE OF THE LEAGUE TOPPERS - Saturday’s meeting versus San Diego could potentially pit the final two undefeated teams in the conference against one another. Both the Waves and the Toreros are 5-0, and have one league match this week before Saturday’s showdown. Pepperdine must get past Saint Mary’s on Wednesday, while USD takes on LMU on their home court this Thursday.
STREAKING - Lilla Frederick has eclipsed double-digit kill totals in the last two matches and double-digit dig totals in three of the last four contests ... Brittney Clark has tallied at least five total blocks in six of the last seven matches ... Emily Cook has reached the double-digit kill plateau in five of the last seven matches ... Stevi Robinson has tallied at least 10 digs in 15 of this season’s 19 contests and has tallied at least one service ace in the last four matches ... Kim Hill has logged one or more service aces in five of the last six matches.
WCC OVERALL RANKS - Pepperdine continues to tout the best hitting percentage in the WCC with a .272 (915-313-2211) clip ... The Waves holds opponents to a league-best .164 attack percentage ... The Waves rank second with 13.34 assists per set and a league-high 2.70 blocks per set ... Pepperdine has the second-best kill average (14.30) and third-best service ace average (1.48) ... Victoria Adelhelm has the second-best hitting percentage in the league with .381 ... Kellie Woolever averages 11.52 assists per set to rank second ... Brittney Clark, Adelhelm and Hill rank No. 2, 4 and 6 with 1.32, 1.02, and .92 blocks per set, respectively ... Stevi Robinson ranks fifth in the WCC with a 4.08 digs per set average.
WCC ONLY RANKS - Pepperdine also ranks high when considering only matches against league opponents ... Victoria Adelhelm boasts a hitting percentage of .421 to rank second ... Lilla Frederick ranks second with 3.75 kps ... Kellie Woolever averages 12.62 assists per set in league to rank second ... Kim Hill has the number two service ace per set average with .62 and the sixth-best kills average (3.44 kps) ... Brittney Clark averaged 1.50 blocks/set to rank second ... The Waves are first in overall hitting percentage (.333), assists (15.31 aps), and second in blocks (2.88 bps), kills (16.31 kps), service aces (1.81) and opponent hitting percentage (.131)
WCC PLAYER OF THE MONTH, SEPTEMBER - Victoria Adelhelm was named WCC Co-Player of the Month for her performance in September. During that month, she led the team with a .343 hitting percentage and 42 total blocks to help the Waves to a 6-3 record.
WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK, SEPTEMBER. 6 - Victoria Adelhelm was named WCC Co-Player of the Week on Sept. 6 after hitting a team-best .520 (30-4-50) attack percentage, while denying attackers on defense on 12 occasions. This is the first weekly award for the sophomore, and the first for the Waves during the 2010 season.
RETURN TO SENDER - Brittney Clark kept UC Santa Barbara attackers at bay, tallying a career-best 12 blocks versus the Gauchos on Oct. 6. The total ranks tied for second in the single match Pepperdine record books (rally scoring era only) Victoria Adelhelm returned 10 attacks to the New Mexico State side of the net on Sept. 17 to also rank top-five in the single match record books along with Clark.
TOURNAMENT SEASON RECAP - Pepperdine went 8-4 in its four tournaments this fall. The Waves won the UNLV Invitational, and took second at the Arizona Invitational and the Asics Classic. Kim Hill received all-tournament team honors at MCM Elegante Lobo Classic, the UNLV Invitational, and the Arizona Invitational. Victoria Adelhelm and Lilla Frederick both earned recognition at the Asics Classic and the UNLV Invitational. Emily Cook was named to her first all-tournament team of the season at the Arizona Invitational.
1K CLUB - Stevi Robinson tallied 52 digs during the Asics Classic including a season-best 27 versus Missouri. Her 26th dig of the match gave the junior her 1,000 career dig. She currently ranks first in the Pepperdine history books with a career average of 4.57 dps.
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING - Known for her offensive prowess, Kim Hill showed her versatility on Sept. 3 against Rice at the Asics Classic, recording a career-high 10 digs. Coupled with her 12 kills, the junior registered her first-ever double double.
RANKINGS — Pepperdine received six votes on the latest installment of the AVCA Top-25 Coaches Poll.
AVCA TOP-25 - Pepperdine routinely faces some of the top opponents in the county. The Waves, who received votes in the latest AVCA Coaches Polls, have faced #4 Stanford and #13 UCLA already this season. Since the ranking system was established in 1982, Pepperdine has amassed 84 victories over top-25 squads.
PRESEASON WCC COACHES’ POLL - The Waves were voted to finished third in the West Coast Conference in the coaches’ preseason poll. San Diego was picked as the favorite with six first-place votes, while 2009 WCC Champion Saint Mary’s was predicted to finish in second.
PRESEASON ALL-WCC - Kim Hill was voted to the Preseason All-WCC Team. Last season Hill led the conference with .425 hitting percentage and was awarded All-WCC first team honors. In addition, she was named an honorable mention All-American by the AVCA.
Nina Matthies — Now in her 28th season as head coach of the Waves, Nina Matthies enters the 2010 season with a career record of 522-310 (.627), which includes 10 conference championships and 18 NCAA Tournament appearances. She is by far the WCC’s all-time winningest coach and is a nine-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.
ROSTER — The Waves return four starters plus the libero and lost only two starters from the 2009 squad. Twelve returners (11 letterwinners and one redshirt) are joined by three newcomers (all true freshmen) to bring the squad total to 15. What was once considered a young team has given way to experienced veteran status as the squad breakdown includes two seniors, four juniors, five sophomores, and four freshmen in terms of eligibility.
2009 RECAP — It was another solid year for the Pepperdine women’s volleyball team. Kim Hill earned AVCA All-American honorable mention honors. She led the conference with a .425 attack percentage and ranked fifth in the NCAA. The Waves finished the league in third place after posting a 9-5 record and finished with an overall record of 16-11. Kiah Fiers, Rachel Grochmal and Hill claimed All-WCC first team honors, while Victoria Adelhelm and Stevi Robinson were named to the All-WCC honorable mention squad.
TICKETS — Single-match tickets to all home women’s volleyball games are $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and free to all Pepperdine students and faculty with a university ID.
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VOLLEYBALL HISTORY — The Pepperdine women’s volleyball program is synonymous with the word excellence, as the Waves are a perennial national power. The Waves have advanced to postseason play 25 times in 35 seasons, including 11 trips to the NCAA Championships in the last 13 seasons. Pepperdine’s best finishes in recent years came when the team made the regional final of the 2002 NCAAs, and then in 2003 when the Waves posted 27 victories (most in the Nina Matthies era).
ABOUT PEPPERDINE — Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won a total of nine NCAA championships in five different men’s sports — one of just 14 schools to have accomplished this feat. Of the 14, Pepperdine is the only non-BCS school and has by far the smallest enrollment. The majority of Pepperdine’s teams are ranked nationally year after year and compete for conference and national titles.