Nov. 15, 2011
MALIBU, Calif. - The #18-ranked Pepperdine women’s volleyball team has two matches left in the West Coast Conference schedule, beginning with the celebration of Senior Day on Thursday, Nov. 17 versus San Francisco. The league season closes on Saturday, when the Waves take on San Diego on the road.
A final non-conference match with Air Force on Tuesday, Nov. 22 caps off the regular season.
MATCH #24 - Thursday (Nov. 17) at Firestone Fieldhouse: San Francisco (15-12, 7-7 WCC) at #18 Pepperdine (19-6, 13-1 WCC) at 7 p.m.
MATCH #25 - Saturday (Nov. 19) at Jenny Craig Pavilion: #18 Pepperdine at San Diego (26-3, 11-3 WCC) at 1 p.m.
MATCH #26 - Tuesday (Nov. 22) at Firestone Fieldhouse: Air Force (3-24, 0-14 Mountain West) at #18 Pepperdine at 7 p.m.
SENIOR DAY - Pepperdine will recognize its four seniors prior to the match on Thursday. For Kim Hill, Lilla Frederick, Stevi Robinson and Janea Rosell, it will be the final home WCC match of their Wave careers.
IT COULD HAPPEN - With a two-match lead over San Diego in the WCC standings heading into the final week, the Waves own at least of share of the 2011 conference title. A win against either San Francisco or the Toreros would earn Pepperdine the championship outright.
TICKETS - Single-game prices for home events are $8 for adults, $5 for students/seniors/children and free to all Pepperdine students, faculty and staff (and their dependents) 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.
WAVECASTS - All remaining 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!
RANKINGS - Pepperdine entered the AVCA Coaches’ Top-25 Poll for the first time since the 2007 season, on Sept. 19 at #21 and continue to climb. The Waves have been listed as high as #14 and currently sit in the 18-spot.
RPI - The Waves boast the highest RPI -- rating percentage index -- of any team in the West Coast Conference at 16. San Diego follows at 24, while Illinois current holds the top spot in the RPI index.
NOTING THE WAVES - Pepperdine is 716-421-2 all time and 301-73 in West Coast Conference play ... Nina Matthies is 549-319 and is in her 29th season at the helm ... Kim Hill became the Waves’ 15th member of the 1,000 kills club against Portland on Sept. 22. She currently ranks 11th all-time at Pepperdine with 1,166 career kills ... Lilla Frederick met the 1,000 kills milestone on Oct. 15 at San Francisco and the 1,000 digs milestone on Oct. 20 at BYU. She’s just the fourth Wave in program history to meet the benchmark in both categories ... Pepperdine was voted to win the conference title in the preseason coaches’ poll ... Pepperdine’s freshmen class ranked #9 in Prepvolleyball.com’s list of top-30 recruiting classes, and the Waves currently utilize three rookies in the lineup ... The Waves set a record when Frederick was awarded the teams’ fourth-consecutive WCC Player of the Week award on Oct. 17. The longest streak prior to that was three by Pepperdine (1997, 2001, and 2002) and Santa Clara (1998).
LOOKING BACK - The Waves topped Loyola Marymount at home before suffering their first conference loss of the season at Saint Mary’s. Despite the set back, Kim Hill had a solid week with 4.83 kills/set. Kellie Woolever dished 12.50 assists/set while picking up 5.33 digs/set. Lilla Frederick delivered a well-rounded performance with 4.67 kill/set and 2.83 digs/set
LOOKING AHEAD - The NCAA selection show will air live on ESPNU at 3 p.m. (PT) on Sunday, Nov. 27. Full brackets will be available at www.PepperdineSports.com following the announcement.
SAN FRANCISCO - The Dons are 15-12 and 7-7 in the conference. Key wins for USF include San Diego and Saint Mary’s in back-to-back matches during the month of September. Vendula Strakova paces the offense with 3.18 kills/set. Pepperdine defeated the Dons back in October by a score of 3-1. Lilla Frederick, Kim Hill and Katie Messing all reached double-digit kill totals in the win, while Kellie Woolever added nine kills, 11 digs and 41 assists.
SAN DIEGO - The Toreros, ranked #20 in the AVCA poll, are 26-3 overall and 11-3 in the conference. San Diego could claim a share of the 2011 WCC title should they win its two remaining matches and the Waves lose both of their remaining league contests. Amber Tatsch is the Toreros go-to offensive threat with 3.11 kills/set. As a team, the Toreros average 14.16 kills/set. The last time these two teams faced off was inside Firestone Fieldhouse on Oct. 24. Pepperdine cruised to a 3-0 win thanks in part to a strong defensive performance.
AIR FORCE - The Falcons are 3-24 this season and compete in the Mountain West Conference. Air Force is led by Cami Richan who averages 3.01 kills/set. This will be the first time Pepperdine has met with Air Force on the volleyball court.
WCC POW #5 - Kim Hill earned her third WCC Player of the Week nod on Nov. 7 after leading Pepperdine to a 3-0 shutout versus Santa Clara. The senior collected 18 kills earned on a season-high .643 clip.
1,000 Kills/1,000 DIGS CLUB - Senior outside hitter Lilla Frederick met the 1,000 career digs milestone on Oct. 20 vs. BYU -- just one game after achieving the same feat in the kills category. She’s just the 16th member of the 1,000 kills club, the ninth to tally 1,000 digs, and just the fourth student-athlete in program history to do so in both. She has been a consistent two-way volleyball player for the Waves this season, hitting 3.14 kills/set and picking up 3.12 digs/set.
LOWE’S SENIOR CLASS - Senior Kim Hill was chosen as one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The winner is determined by a combination of fan , coach and media votes. Vote daily at www.seniorclassaward.com.
HILL’S RESUME - Senior Kim Hill has collected her fair share of awards already this season. She’s been honored as a preseason All-WCC selection, the October WCC Player of the Month and has earned Player of the Week recognition three times. For her efforts beyond the court, Hill was named to the Capital One Academic All-District second team and is a Lowe’s Senior CLASS finalist. Prior to this season, Hill has twice picked up AVCA All-American honorable mention status in addition to a multitude of conference awards. She is having perhaps her best season yet as a senior, and leads the Waves with 3.82 kills/set
WCC POW #3 - Kellie Woolever was tabbed WCC Player of the Week on Oct. 10 after leading the Waves to wins over LMU and BYU. Versus the Lions, the sophomore setter scattered 31 assists while nailing down five kills on a .571 hitting percentage. Later in the week against the Cougars, she collected 21 digs and dished 54 assists. She came through in the clutch, recording three blocks in the final five points to give Pepperdine the come-from-behind fourth-set win to clinch the match.
WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK - PARTS 1 & 2 - Senior Kim Hill earned her second consecutive West Coast Conference Player of the Week award on Oct. 3. Hill catapulted the Waves to a 3-2 victory over Saint Mary’s on Sept. 29 with a career-high 25 kills. The week prior, she averaged 3.67 kills/set versus both Portland and Gonzaga. She tallied a team-best 33 total kills in two matches, highlighted by her 10th kill of the contest versus Portland which counted as career kill No. 1,000. Hill has led the Waves all season long with a kills average of 3.68.
WARM WELCOME - Pepperdine signed three top-notch players to a National Letter of Intent a week ago including outside/right side Taylor Racich and middle blockers Alyssa Mason and Matalee Reed.
CHART TOPPERS - When counting only league matches, the Waves rank first in every statistical category with the exception of service aces and digs. Pepperdine ranks first in kills (15.12), hitting percentage (.283), opponent hitting percentage (.140), blocks (3.00) and assists (14.04). They rank second in digs (15.39) and third in service aces (1.24). Individually, Kim Hill leads the league in kills (4.02), Kellie Woolever in assists (11.75) and Samantha Cash in blocks (1.35)
WCC STAT COMPARISON - Kim Hill boasts the second highest average in the league with 3.82 kills/set, and her 25 put aways versus Saint Mary’s counts as the most by any WCC student-athlete in a single match this season. Her hitting percentage of .281 ranks eighth. Stevi Robinson ranks seventh with 3.52 digs/set. Lilla Frederick sits in sixth with 3.14 kills/set and 10th with 0.26 service aces/set. Samantha Cash leads the Waves and ranks second in the conference with 1.20 blocks/set (49th in the NCAA), and fifth with a .327 hitting percentage. Kellie Woolever dishes 11.14 assists/set to lead the conference (and 25th in the NCAA). Victoria Adelhelm sits in fifth place with 1.04 blocks/set
UPDATING THE PEPPERDINE RECORD BOOK - Kim Hill reached the 1,000 career kills milestone on Sept. 22 at Portland. She currently ranks 11th all-time with a tally of 1,195 put aways. With 11 more, she break into the top-10... Lilla Frederick hit the millennium milestone in kills on Oct. 15 at San Francisco. She has 1,080 total kills to rank 12th ... Frederick became the Waves’ ninth member of the 1,000 digs club and just the fourth person to reach the 1,000 milestone in both kills and digs on Oct. 20 at BYU ... Hill’s current career hitting percentage of .322 ranks sixth all-time, while Victoria Adelhelm’s .310 clip ranks seventh .... Hill recently broke into Pepperdine’s top-10 in the blocks category, and is currently listed at #6 with 356 career rejections ... Stevi Robinson ranks second all-time with a digs/set average of 4.34 and is the Waves’ all-time leader with 1,649 overall pick ups ... Robinson is eighth with 100 service aces.
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Nina Matthies - Now in her 29th season as head coach of the Waves, Nina Matthies’ career record currently stands at 549-319 (.632), 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.
SAND VOLLEYBALL - The Pepperdine University Department of Athletics added women’s sand volleyball as an intercollegiate sport, and will begin competing for the first time in the spring of 2012. Matthies and Marcio Sicoli will coach the Waves, who are one of around 20 schools to sponsor the emerging sport. Caitlin Racich was Pepperdine’s first sand volleyball scholarship recipient for Pepperdine, and will forego her junior season of indoor volleyball to compete with the U.S. Junior National Beach team in preparation for this spring.
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 36 seasons, including 11 trips to the NCAA Championships in the last 14 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 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 #55 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s best colleges. The 2011-12 school year marks Pepperdine’s 75th anniversary.