Matthies, Larsen, Woolever Play Final Match Inside Firestone Fieldhouse on Saturday
Nov. 14, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women’s volleyball team gets set to host its final home match of the 2013 season this Saturday vs. Wells Fargo PCH Cup rival Loyola Marymount. It will be the final match inside Firestone Fieldhouse for seniors Kelley Larsen and Kellie Woolever, as well as head coach Nina Matthies, who announced she will retire from coaching the indoor squad at the conclusion of the 2013 season.
THE ANNOUNCEMENT - Nina Matthies, head coach for the Waves since 1983, announced on Monday that the 2013 indoor volleyball season would be her last. Matthies will remain on staff, however, to coach Pepperdine’s national championship winning sand volleyball team. Matthies enters the contest with a 588-342 all-time record, including a 278-93 (.749) tally inside Firestone Fieldhouse.
WHAT IS THE WELLS FARGO PCH CUP? - Separated by 19.1 miles of scenic coastline, longtime crosstown adversaries Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine have come together in an effort to boost their decades-long rivalry with the creation of the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) Cup. The series serves as an annual scorecard for the NCAA-sponsored athletic contests between the Lions and Waves, and challenges each institution to rise above the other within the West Coast Conference. Although Pepperdine has won the competition since its inception in 2009-10, LMU currently leads the 2013-14 standings 5.0-1.5.
#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.
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.
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LOOKING BACK - Pepperdine was unstoppable last week, upsetting Saint Mary’s 3-2 before rolling to a 3-0 triumph vs. Pacific ... Kelley Larsen put away a career-best 20 kills vs. the Gaels before terminating 10 kills against the Tigers ... Defense was the name of the game vs. Saint Mary’s, and the Waves out-dug the visitors 94-68 ... Jillian Bergeson paced the defense with 21 digs followed by Katie Messing with 19.
NOTING THE WAVES - Pepperdine is 51-18 all-time vs. Loyola Marymount ... At home, the Waves hold a 27-5 advantage vs. the Lions ... LMU has won the last two consecutive contests but Pepperdine has won 12 straight before that dating back to 2006 ... Matthies celebrated her 900th match with the Waves on Nov. 1, 2012 vs. Saint Mary’s. Pepperdine, ranked #24 at the time, topped #25 Saint Mary’s 3-1.
UPDATING THE RECORD BOOK - Samantha Cash stands to break into the top-10 in several season record categories ... If Cash maintains a season hitting percentage of .335, she’ll rank 10th. Her current average stands at .339 ... Her blocks average of 1.31 ranks second ... A 1.11 average would guarantee her a spot in the top-10 ... With 102 blocks to her credit thus far in 2013, Cash must reach a total of 117 to break into the top-10 for total blocks ... In the career category, Cash’s three-season total of 313 is just eight blocks shy of ranking in the top-10 ... Her block assists total of 290 already ranks tied for sixth ... Kellie Woolever’s assists total of 3935 ranks fifth ... Woolever’s 1176 digs sits in sixth place on the career chart ... An additional four digs would move her into fifth.
TEAM KELL(I)EY - Kelley Larsen and Kellie Woolever will be playing in their final home match on Saturday ... Between the two “Kell(i)ey”’s, they have played in 186 matches and 643 sets ... In the four years since Larsen and Woolever have stepped foot in Malibu, the Waves have gone 78-33 and have made two trips to the NCAA Tournament.
COMEBACK QUEENS - The “never-say-die” Waves were the comeback queens of the Bluegrass Battle. Back in September 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. Most recently, Pepperdine rallied back from an 0-2 deficit to beat Gonzaga 3-2 (including setbacks of 6-10 and 11-13 in set five).
STREAKING - Katie Messing has reached double-digit kill totals 19 of the last 20 matches ... Messing has pounded down 10 or more kills in 20 of her season’s 22 starts ... Jillian Bergeson has collected at least 10 digs in her 12 starts as libero, including six 20+ digs performances.
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 Chandler 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 - Eight total newcomers were added to the roster this season, including six 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 setter 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 586-342, 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.
WAVES IN THE PROS - After a successful run with the U.S. Women’s National team, which included gold medals at the Pan American Cup and NORCECA Championship, and a sixth-place finish at the FIVB World Grand Prix, Kim Hill is currently playing for Atom Trefl Sopot in the Polish Oren Liga. Hill is taking a brief leave of absence to reunite with Team USA for the Grand Champions Cup on Nov. 12-17 in Japan before returning to Poland. Hill was a three-time AVCA All-American for the indoor squad from 2008-11 and led the sand volleyball team to the national title in 2011.
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 (9/2). 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. In FIVB action, Ross and Day took home the silver medal as the No. 9 seed at the Phuket Open (11/3) in Thailand.
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.