Women's Volleyball Returns to Firestone FIeldhouse, Hosts Gonzaga and Portland
Oct. 22, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - After spending that last two weeks on the road, the Pepperdine women’s volleyball team returns to Firestone Fieldhouse to host Gonzaga and Portland. The Waves face the Bulldogs on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m., which will double as the team’s annual “Dig Pink” match. The week ends on Saturday with a 1 p.m. contest versus the Pilots.
HALL OF FAME – Head coach Nina Matthies was inducted into the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame in a ceremony last Sunday evening, making her the first women’s volleyball coach in school history to be enshrined. Matthies shared several anecdotes of wisdom in her acceptance speech, telling the crowd that “Today is always a good day” and to “Always be yourself, and know that it is good enough.” Matthies went on to thank her husband, Dan, her sons, Marty and Morgan, and the rest of her family and friends. To watch Matthies’ tribute video, as well as a recap of the event, click here.
#PURPOSE – Pepperdine Athletics officially launched its “Competing with Purpose” campaign during Waves Weekend. The campaign highlights the commitment to our core values that student-athletes, coaches and staff dedicate themselves to daily. Competing with Purpose provides the foundation on which champions are built. To learn more about the campaign, click here.
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TICKETS - Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for alumni, children, seniors and students. Admission to regular-season home events is free for Pepperdine students, faculty and staff with a valid Pepperdine ID. The Pepperdine All-Sports Pass includes admission to all 2013-2014 regular-season home athletics events at excluding all men’s basketball competitions. a
LOOKING BACK – The Waves fell to Loyola Marymount on the road, 3-0 … Despite the loss, Samantha Cash paced Pepperdine with 10 kills while hitting.529 … Kelley Larsen picked up 11 digs while Kellie Woolever dished 18 assists.
COMEBACK QUEENS - The “never-say-die” Waves were the comeback queens of the Bluegrass Battle. Last month vs. #19 Kentucky, Pepperdine rallied from a 12-16 deficit in set one to win 26-24. They did so again in set three, scoring eight unanswered points to win 25-23 after finding themselves down 17-23. Against Louisville, the Waves found themselves in danger of going five sets after the Cardinals took a 24-22 lead in set four. Pepperdine put down four consecutive kills to clinch the set and match 26-24. A week later, they stormed back from down 9-16 vs. San Francisco to win the set 26-24.
NOTING THE WAVES - Pepperdine holds a 51-2 all-time record vs. the Pilots, including 26-0 at home ... The Waves are 50-3 against Gonzaga including 26-0 inside Firestone Fieldhouse … Matthies celebrate her 900th match with the Waves on Nov. 1, 2012 vs. Saint Mary’s.
UPDATING THE RECORD BOOK - Kellie Woolever picked up her 1,000th career dig on Aug. 31 vs. Wisconsin ... Her career total currently stands at 1,111 which ranks eighth all-time at Pepperdine ... She is just the 10th player in Pepperdine history to reach 1,000 digs ... Her assists total also stands at 3,923, fifth in Pepperdine history.
STREAKING - Katie Messing has reached double-digit kill totals 13 of the last 14 matches ... Messing has pounded down 10 or more kills in 14 of her season’s 16 starts ... Jillian Bergeson has collected at least 10 digs in her six starts as libero, including three 20+ digs performances ... She has started the last three matches as an outside hitter ... Samantha Cash has been credited with five or more blocks in 10 of her last 13 outings.
TOURNAMENT SEASON - The Waves placed second at both the Asics Classic and Pepperdine Invitational to open 2013. In both instances, Pepperdine won its first two matches before falling 3-1 in the finales. Katie Messing earned all-tournament status at both events. Kellie Woolever and Ryann Chander earned all-tournament nods at the Asics Classic, while Taylor Racich and Samantha Cash received accolades at the Pepperdine Invitational.
RETURNERS - Five student-athletes, all starters, return in 2013 in including seniors Kellie Woolever (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS) and Kelley Larsen (Jamul, Calif./Christian HS), juniors Samantha Cash (San Diego, Calif./Canyon Crest Academy) and Katie Messing (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands HS) and sophomore Taylor Racich (Santa Barbara, Calif./Dos Pueblos HS).
YOUTH MOVEMENT - Nine total newcomers were added to the roster this season, including seven freshmen. Rookies include outside hitters Jillian Bergeson (Friendswood, Texas/Friendswood HS) and Gabi Palmeri (Davis, Calif./St. Francis HS), middle blockers Brooke Honeycutt (Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Vista HS ), Emma Fuzie (Carmel, Calif./Carmel HS) and Reegan Dennis (Newport Beach, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) and setters Ryann Chandler (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) and Monique Domme (Colorado Springs, Colo./Cheyenne Mountain HS). In addition to the freshmen, two transfers joined Pepperdine this season including setter Becca Strehlow (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS/UCLA) and middle blocker Olivia Okoro (Carrollton, Texas/Hebron HS/Tennessee). Okoro will redshirt in 2013.
Nina Matthies - Now in her 31st season as head coach of the Waves, Nina Matthies’ career record currently stands at 584-340, which includes 11 conference championships and 20 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. In May of 2013, she was honored as the inaugural winner of the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball Coach of the Year award. Matthies was inducted into the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Oct. 20.
INDOOR 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 27 times in 38 seasons, including 13 trips to the NCAA Championships in the last 16 seasons. Pepperdine’s best finishes in recent years came when the team made the regional final of the NCAA Tournament in 2002 and again in 2011. Nine players have earned AVCA or Volleyball Magazine All-American honors a combined 16 times, while six players have been dubbed the WCC Player of the Year nine total times. Check out the complete program record book here.
SAND VOLLEYBALL NEWS - Summer Ross, who helped the Waves win both the team and individual titles at the inaugural AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championship, won the AVP Cincinnati Open on Monday. She and partner Emily Day entered the tournament as the No. 14 seed and beat No. 2-seeded pair Kerri Walsh Jennings and Whitney Pavlik twice en route to the title. A week later, Ross and Day placed second at the AVP stop in Atlantic City, followed by a tie for first (finals canceled due to weather) in St. Petersburg, Fla.
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 undergraduate enrollment and is the only school not affiliated with a BCS-level conference. The Waves have earned the Division I-AAA All-Sports Trophy, an award based on postseason success that’s given to the top non-football school, three times (most recently in 2011-12). 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 #57 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s best colleges.