MALIBU, Calif. - Hot off a five-set win over local rival Loyola Marymount, the #24 Pepperdine women’s volleyball team looks to extend its six-match win streak with key West Coast Conference contests this week against #25 Saint Mary’s and #18 San Diego. The Waves face the Gaels at home on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. before battling with the Toreros inside the Jenny Craig Pavilion at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3.
MATCH 25 - Thursday (Nov. 1) at Firestone Fieldhouse: #25 Saint Mary’s (13-9, 8-3 WCC) at #24 Pepperdine (17-7, 6-4 WCC) at 7 p.m.
MATCH 26 - Saturday (Nov. 3) at Jenny Craig Pavilion: #24 Pepperdine at #18 San Diego (17-4, 9-2 WCC) at 1 p.m.
WCC STANDINGS - A lot of important matches are on the docket this week in the WCC. With just a 2.5 game spread separating the top five schools in the league, there is the potential for a lot of movement in the standings by week’s end. San Diego and BYU, tied for first in the WCC with a 9-2 record, face one another on Wednesday. The Toreros suffered two losses last week, first to Saint Mary’s and then again to Santa Clara. Saint Mary’s, currently third and 1.5 games ahead of Pepperdine, plays just one match this week against the Waves. Pepperdine and San Diego face off on Saturday, while Santa Clara -- tied for fourth with the Waves with a 6-4 record -- has San Francisco and Portland on the schedule this week. LMU doesn’t trail much farther behind, and sits four games out of first place with matches versus Portland and BYU on the horizon.
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 - In addition to WaveCasts, GameTracker will be up and running, providing a live stats feed. Links to all available coverage, which includes video for Saturday's match at San Diego, can be found on the Waves’ schedule page.
LOOKING BACK - Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount engaged in an all-out five set war last week inside Firestone Fieldhouse. After the Waves edged the Lions in the first two sets 32-30 and 28-26, LMU evened things out with 25-22 wins in the third and fourth frames. Pepperdine came out strong in the fifth set to clinch the match 15-10. Jazmine Orozco led all hitters with a career-high 27 kills, and Victoria Adelhelm registered nine kills and nine blocks.
POW - Junior Jazmine Orozco set a new career record in the Waves’ lone match last week versus Loyola Marymount. The outside hitter pounded home a personal-best 27 kills to lift the Waves to the five-set victory and was subsequently named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week.
Orozco had already surpassed her previous single match record of 21 kills by the fourth set, when her total stood at 23. Not only was the kill total a personal record, but the mark currently stands as the most kills in a single match by any student-athlete in the West Coast Conference in 2012. Gonzaga’s Savannah Blinn ranks second, having registered 26 kills against Florida Atlantic earlier in the season.
Orozco’s well-rounded effort against the Lions also included 14 digs, four blocks and one ace for a total of 30.5 points - also a new career high. The junior has now achieved the kills-digs double-double 12 times this season, a team-best for the No. 24 ranked Waves.
LOOKING AHEAD - The Waves’ final road trip of the regular season is scheduled for next week. Pepperdine first makes the short journey to Loyola Marymount on Thursday, Nov. 8 before traveling up to the bay area for a Saturday, Nov. 10 tilt at San Francisco.
SAINT MARY’S - The Gaels are 13-9 overall and rank third in the league with an 8-3 record. Last week Saint Mary’s issued San Diego its first loss in WCC play with a 3-2 triumph in Moraga. Kristina Graven leads the offense with 3.28 kills/set closely followed by Gabby Jolly with 3.24. The first meeting between the Waves and Gaels was remarkably close. Despite registering more blocks and a slightly higher hitting percentage, Pepperdine fell 21-23 in the fifth set to give SMC the five set victory.
SAN DIEGO - The Toreros were undefeated in conference play until just last week, when they suffered back-to-back losses to Saint Mary’s and Santa Clara. USD is now tied with BYU in the standings with a 9-2 record and is 17-4 overall. San Diego is extremely well balanced on offense as Chloe Ferrari, Katie Hoekman, Carrie Baird, Alaysia Brown and Sandra Lozic all average at least 2.47 kills/set.
NOTING THE WAVES - Pepperdine is 739-429-2 all time and 308-77 in West Coast Conference play ... Nina Matthies is 572-327 and is in her 30th season at the helm.
BEST OF THE WEST - Amongst the eight other WCC schools, Pepperdine averages the third most assists (13.54) ... The Waves are second in kills (14.51), second in hitting percentage (.260), fourth in opponent hitting percentage (.198), second in digs (15.30), second in blocks (2.30) and seventh in aces (1.11).
SINGLED OUT - Victoria Adelhelm has the second highest hitting percentage (.392) in the West Coast Conference and 15th overall in the NCAA ... Adelhelm also ranks second in the WCC in blocks (1.26) ... Kellie Woolever ranks second in assists (11.11) and 30th overall in the NCAA ... Michaela Christiaansen ranks fourth in digs (3.95) ... Jazmine Orozco ranks third in kills (3.79) ... Taylor Racich ranks fourth in service aces (0.38) in the conference and 50th in the NCAA.
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 #24 in the rankings. The Waves RPI is currently 29 which ranks fourth amongst West Coast Conference schools
DOUBLE UP - Jazmine Orozco and Taylor Racich have been consistently delivering both offensive and defensive support for Pepperdine. Orozco has registered 12 kills-digs double doubles this season and has tallied at least 10 kills in the last 16 matches in which she played the entire match. Racich has had five kills-digs double doubles this season, two of which were achieved in the last five matches.
Jazmine Orozco - Illinois transfer Jazmine Orozco has been the go-to offensive option for Pepperdine since day one and leads the team with 3.79 kills/set and is the only player to have reached the 20+ kill milestone in a match this season. On the defensive end she picks up 2.66 digs/set. 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. She earned her second WCC Player of the Week nod on Oct. 30.
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 during a four match 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.
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 .392 (15th highest hitting percentage in NCAA) and ranks fourth on the team with a 2.27 kills/set average. She adds 1.26 blocks/set on defense and now ranks second all-time at Pepperdine with 431 career blocks. Against Cal State Fullerton, the senior pounded home 10 kills on 14 errorless attempts for a career-high .714 clip. She recently set a new season-bests with 15 kills vs. USD on Oct. 6 and nine blocks against Santa Clara on Oct. 13.
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 11.11 assists/set the southpaw proves to be a viable offensive threat as well with 1.31 kills/set while hitting .407. On defense, she picks up 3.15 digs/set and came one shy of her single match best with 25 digs against Arizona. On Oct. 3 against UC Santa Barbara, she achieved the kills-digs-assists triple double with 41 assists, 12 kills and 18 digs.
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. Racich earned her first career double-double vs. Saint Mary’s on Sept. 27 with 13 kills and 11 digs and has since delivered four more double-doubles. She set a personal-record with five aces vs. San Diego on Oct. 6 and since then has averaged 0.67 service aces/set.
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 2.50 kill/set through 64 sets played and most recently set a new career-best with 17 kills at Santa Clara (9/29).
CHECK THE RECORD - Victoria Adelhelm currently ranks second all-time at Pepperdine with 431 blocks, and will likely stay in that spot. Sophia Milo ranks first all-time with 517 blocks ... Kellie Woolever has dished 3,381 assists to rank fifth ... 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 .332 ranks fifth.
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 572-327 (.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.
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.