Women's Volleyball Signs Three Recruits
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's volleyball team, under the direction of head coach Nina Matthies, announced today that three future student-athletes have signed letters-of-intent: setter Kellie Woolever and outside hitters Emily Cook and Kelley Larsen.
The Waves lose two senior starters off the 2009 squad - setter Kiah Fiers and outside hitter Rachel Grochmal - so the trio could have the opportunity to make their mark immediately. Each of the three ranked in the top 115 on prepvolleyball.com's Senior Aces list.
"Our freshman class will be coming in with a great deal of experience," Matthies said. "All three played at good high schools that did well in their league, have been successful playing at the club level and are used to winning. We're getting three kids who will be ready to contribute right away. They've been playing at a very high level that's not too far away from what they'll see at the college level. These are great kids from great families and we're really looking forward to having them join us."
Following is capsule information on each recruit:
Cook says: "I chose Pepperdine because I loved the coaching staff and all the girls on the team, and of course the campus is beautiful. It's perfect!"
Matthies says: "Emily is a really athletic, very explosive player. She has a real live arm. He has a great court demeanor and I'm looking forward to the depth she's going to provide at outside hitter."
Larsen says: "Pepperdine was my top choice and for me, it's a dream come true. I chose Pepperdine because of the volleyball program, the coaching staff, the location of the campus, the academic reputation and the Christian background."
Matthies says: "Kelley is going to develop into a fine college player. She's perhaps the sleeper of our three recruits, but she's improved tremendously. She has played for a small high school, but did really well there and was the leader of that team. She adds depth and can play on either the left or the right."
Woolever says: "I chose Pepperdine because the campus is amazing and I feel comfortable with the coaches."
Matthies says: "Kellie is a tremendous setter and leader. She has a really calm, competitive manner. She played for a great high school team, her club team won JOs and she was the quarterback of that team. We may miss a beat with Kiah graduating but we think Kellie can come in and pick up where Kiah left off."
Pepperdine concluded its regular season with a 16-11 overall record and in third place in the West Coast Conference with a 9-5 mark. The NCAA Tournament field will be announced on Sunday (Nov. 29) at noon PT on ESPNews.