Nov. 6, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women’s volleyball team, currently ranked #24 on the AVCA Coaches Poll, get set for the final road trip of the regular season, paying visits to Loyola Marymount on Nov. 8 and San Francisco on Nov. 10.
MATCH 25 - Thursday (Nov. 8) at Gersten Pavilion: #24 Pepperdine (18-8, 7-5 WCC) at Loyola Marymount (15-11, 6-7 WCC) at 7 p.m.
MATCH 26 - Saturday (Nov. 10) at War Memorial Gym: #24 Pepperdine at San Francisco (14-11, 5-7 WCC) at 1 p.m.
WELLS FARGO PCH CUP - Separated by 19.1 miles of scenic coastline, longtime crosstown rivals Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount have come together in an effort to boost their decades-long rivalry with the creation of the Wells Fargo Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) Challenge. The series, which is in its fourth year, serves as an annual scorecard for the NCAA-sponsored athletic contests between the Waves and Lions, and challenges each institution to rise above the other within the WCC. Currently, Loyola Marymount leads in the 2012-13 standings 3.5-3.0. For home and neutral wins, 1.0 point is awarded. For away wins, a team picks up 1.5 points.
COVERAGE - Live stats and video will be available for both matches this week. Links to all available coverage can be found on the Waves’ schedule page.
LOOKING BACK - Pepperdine picked up a key victory over Saint Mary’s, 3-1, before suffering a narrow five-set defeat to San Diego. The Waves currently sit in fifth place in the conference standings, just one match behind tie-for third Saint Mary’s and Santa Clara. BYU sits atop the standings with a 11-2 WCC record.
POW - For the second week in a row, a Pepperdine player has earned West Coast Conference Player of the Week honors. Junior setter Kellie Woolever was tabbed this week’s winner after averaging a staggering 12.44 assists/set.
She opened with a record-setting performance against the Gaels. The 2011 AVCA All-American honorable mention distributed a career-high 63 assists in the four-set victory. Her previous career best was set at 58 in a five-set win against Loyola Marymount on Oct. 25.
On defense, Woolever picked up a team-best 29 total digs in the two matches for a 3.22 average.
On the season, Woolever averages 11.24 assists/set which ranks second in the league and 25th amongst all setters in the NCAA Division I.
Jazmine Orozco was named the league’s winner the week prior.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH - A day after Kellie Woolever’s Player of the Week nod, Jazmine Orozco was named the WCC October Player of the Month. Orozco delivered impressive performances night after night during the month of October, and led the Waves to a 7-1 record. She contributed a team-high 4.28 kills/set on offense.
LOOKING AHEAD - The Waves’ host three final matches to wrap the regular season. First, Pepperdine entertains BYU on Thursday, Nov. 15. Victoria Adelhelm will celebrate Senior Day on Saturday, Nov. 17 against Gonzaga, while the final home match is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 20 vs. North Dakota State.
LOOKING FURTHER AHEAD - The 64 team NCAA Championship field will be announced on ESPNU, Sunday, Nov. 25, at 1 p.m. (PT).
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT - The Lions sit in sixth place behind the Waves with a 6-7 conference record, and are 15-11 overall ... Kathleen Luft leads the LMU offense with 4.01 kills/set, followed by Litara Keil with 3.26 kills/set ... Betsi Metter, the 2011 WCC Defensive Player of the Year, ranks first in the league with 4.68 digs/set ... The last time Pepperdine and LMU met, the Lions erased a 2-0 deficit but eventually lost in five sets.
SAN FRANCISCO - The Dons are 14-11 overall and 5-7 in the WCC after defeating Portland and Gonzaga last week ... Jocelyn Levig averages 3.41 kills/set and Ester DeVries registers a 3.59 average ... Rebecca Kopilovitch picks up 4.66 digs/set.
NOTING THE WAVES - Pepperdine is 740-430-2 all time and 308-77 in West Coast Conference play ... Nina Matthies is 573-328 and is in her 30th season at the helm ... Matthies celebrate her 900th match with the Waves last Thursday vs. Saint Mary’s.
BEST OF THE WEST - Amongst the eight other WCC schools, Pepperdine averages the third most assists (13.56) ... The Waves are second in kills (14.50), second in hitting percentage (.258), fifth in opponent hitting percentage (.207), third in digs (15.36), fifth in blocks (2.20) and seventh in aces (1.12).
SINGLED OUT - Victoria Adelhelm has the second highest hitting percentage (.388) in the West Coast Conference and 19th overall in the NCAA ... Adelhelm also ranks third in the WCC in blocks (1.18) ... Kellie Woolever ranks second in assists (11.24) and 25th overall in the NCAA ... Michaela Christiaansen ranks fifth in digs (3.80) ... Jazmine Orozco ranks third in kills (3.80) ... Taylor Racich ranks sixth in service aces (0.34) in the conference and 50th in the NCAA ... When counting just league matches, Orozco is tied for first with 4.02 kills/set while Woolever ranks No. 1 with a 11.49 assists/set average.
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 31 which ranks third amongst West Coast Conference schools
Jazmine Orozco - Illinois transfer Jazmine Orozco has been the go-to offensive option for Pepperdine since day one and leads the team with 3.80 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 2.65 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 (two of which were against ranked teams) at the tournament in Houston. Orozco hit .330 (51 kills-15 errors-109 attacks) on the week. On Sept. 18, she earned NCAA Player of the Week honors, becoming the first player in program history to do so. She earned her second POW nod after pounding down a career-high 27 kills against LMU on Oct. 25. To date, 27 is the most kills in a single match by any player in the league.
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 .388 (19th highest hitting percentage in NCAA) and ranks fourth on the team with a 2.27 kills/set average. She adds 1.18 blocks/set on defense and now ranks second all-time at Pepperdine with 435 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 11.24 assists/set the southpaw proves to be a viable offensive threat as well with 1.24 kills/set while hitting .369. On defense, she picks up 3.16 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. The high-energy player also provides firepower from the service line, and averages 0.36 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).
Kelley Larsen - In addition to Messing, Kelley Larsen has seen significant time on the outside. She’s collected at least 10 digs in three of the last four matches, and reached double digits in kills in the last two contests vs. Saint Mary’s and San Diego.
PIN PLAYERS - Coach Nina Matthies has eight players at her disposal to play the outside and opposite side hitting positions. Jazmine Orozco has been a main-stay starter on the outside, while 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, with Racich emerging as the full time starter. Lexi Weldon and Natalie Riddering have provided support coming off the bench.
CHECK THE RECORD - Victoria Adelhelm currently ranks second all-time at Pepperdine with 435 blocks, and will likely stay in that spot. Sophia Milo ranks first all-time with 517 blocks ... Kellie Woolever has dished 3,493 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 .333 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.
HISTORY LESSON - Check out the complete Pepperdine women’s volleyball program’s record book online at: http://www.pepperdinesports.com/sports/w-volley/spec-rel/w-volley-media-guides.html
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.
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 573-328 (.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.
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.