Nov. 28, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women’s volleyball team opens the 2012 NCAA Tournament this Friday, Nov. 30 at the Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. The Waves face Dayton in the first round with a start time of 5:30 p.m.
MATCH 32 - Friday (Nov. 30) at Matthew Knight Arena: #13 Dayton (26-4, 14-0 Atlantic 10) vs. Pepperdine (20-11, 8-8 WCC) at 5:30 p.m.
COVERAGE - Visit Oregon’s Tournament Central for links to team rosters, statistics, brackets, live video streams and more! Live stats will be available as well, with links made active on the Ducks’ schedule page at match time. In-match updates will be provide via Twitter (@PepperdineWVB), while full results and recaps can be found at www.PepperdineSports.com following the match. Links to available coverage can also be found on the Waves’ schedule page.
LOOKING AHEAD - First and second rounds will take place at 16 campus sites across the country on Nov. 30-Dec. 1. The 16 winning teams will converge at the four regional sites, which include Austin, Texas, Berkeley, Calif., Omaha, Neb. and West Lafayette, Ind., on Dec. 6 and 8. The KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. will play host to the semifinals and finals of the NCAA Tournament on Dec. 13 and Dec. 15.
LOOKING BACK - Pepperdine concluded the regular season with back-to-back three set wins, first over Gonzaga and then again versus North Dakota State. With the victory over the Bison, the Waves reached the 20-win plateau marking the 20th season in the program’s 38-year history that they have achieved the feat.
PEPPERDINE VS. DAYTON PART 1 - The Waves and Flyers met earlier this season, on Aug. 25, during the finale of the Dayton Flyer Classic. Victoria Adelhelm had a match-best 14 kills, while Jazmine Orozco had a kills-digs double double with 12 kills and 15 digs, the Dayton would come out on top, 3-1 (25-19, 18-25, 26-24, 25-18).
IT COULD HAPPEN - Victoria Adelhelm enters Friday’s match just 17 kills shy of reaching the 900 career kill milestone ... Kellie Woolever could become the Waves’ ninth member of the 1,000 digs club and has 975 digs to her credit heading into the contest.
CHECK THE RECORD - Victoria Adelhelm currently ranks second all-time at Pepperdine with 451 blocks, and will likely stay in that spot. Sophia Milo ranks first all-time with 517 blocks ... Kellie Woolever has dished 3,709 career 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 tied for fourth ... Jazmine Orozco’s season tally of 430 kills ranks eighth in the single-season (rally scoring era only) record book at Pepperdine ... Woolever’s current dig tally of 373 ranks 10th in the single-season record book. She’ll move into the ninth spot with 11 more ... 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.
DAYTON - The Flyers are 26-4 overall this season and 14-0 in the Atlantic 10 ... Dayton is 2-2 vs. ranked opponents this season, with wins over then-#7 Illinois and the Waves (#11 at the time) and loses to Minnesota and Kansas State ... With a team-high 4.61 kills/set average, Rachel Krabacher is the go-to offensive weapon for the Flyers ... Samantha Selsky manages the offense with 11.65 assists/set ... Janna Krafka lends 4.45 digs/set to the defense.
NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY - The Waves are 39-31 all-time in postseason action, including a 17-21 record in the NCAA Tournament ... Pepperdine has reached the tournament 22 times and has made it out of the first round on eight total occasions ... The Waves matched their best showing in the tournament last season when they swept Missouri State, North Carolina and Kansas State to advance to the regional finals (where they narrowly fell to USC in five sets) ... They reached the regional finals for the first time in 2002 ... Pepperdine has never faced Dayton, Northern Colorado or Oregon in postseason play.
NOTING THE WAVES - Pepperdine is 742-433-2 all time and 311-81 in West Coast Conference play ... Nina Matthies is 575-331 and is in her 30th season at the helm ... Matthies celebrate her 900th match with the Waves on Nov. 1 vs. Saint Mary’s.
BEST OF THE WEST - Amongst the eight other WCC schools, Pepperdine averages the third most assists (13.75) ... The Waves are second in kills (14.62), third in hitting percentage (.258), sixth in opponent hitting percentage (.216), third in digs (15.47), fifth in blocks (2.11) and sixth in aces (1.18).
SINGLED OUT - Victoria Adelhelm has the third highest hitting percentage (.381) in the West Coast Conference and 22nd overall in the NCAA ... Adelhelm also ranks fourth in the WCC in blocks (1.13) ... Kellie Woolever ranks first in assists (11.36) and 19th overall in the NCAA. She also ranks 11th in digs (3.27) ... Michaela Christiaansen ranks eighth in digs (3.41) ... Jazmine Orozco ranks third in kills (3.84) ... Taylor Racich ranks fourth in service aces (0.35) ... When counting just league matches, Orozco is second with 4.00 kills/set while Woolever ranks No. 1 with a 11.38 assists/set average.
ALL-CONFERENCE AWARDS - Four Waves were honored in the 2012 West Coast Conference postseason awards, led by Jazmine Orozco and Kellie Woolever who were voted All-WCC first team selections. Victoria Adelhelm made the honorable mention squad, while Taylor Racich represented Pepperdine on the WCC All-Freshman team.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: WOOLEVER EDITION - Junior setter Kellie Woolever was tabbed the West Coast Conference Player of the Week on Nov. 6 marking the second week in a row the Waves took home the weekly honor. She averaged a staggering 12.44 assists/set in two matches vs. Saint Mary’s and San Diego. 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.
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.
RANKINGS - Pepperdine opened the 2012 campaign listed at a season-best #11 in the AVCA Coaches’ Top-25 Preseason Poll and is currently receiving votes in the rankings. The Waves RPI is currently 35 which ranks fourth 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 3.84 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 2.71 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.
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 11.19 assists/set the southpaw proves to be a viable offensive threat as well with 1.20 kills/set while hitting .399. On defense, she picks up 3.23 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.
Kelley Larsen - Kelley Larsen, who has played in all 31 matches with 22 starts to her credit, has been Pepperdine’s resident utility player in 2012. She primarily plays in the back row as a defensive specialist who can effectively kill the ball from behind the 10-foot line, but at 6-2, has also seen significant time in the front row. Against Saint Mary’s on Sept. 27, Larsen suited up as libero and picked up a career high 25 digs. In 2012, she averages 1.11 kills/set and 1.88 digs/set.
Victoria Adelhelm - Pepperdine’s lone senior has been a tremendous leader for the Waves in 2012. Adelhelm averages 2.27 kills/set earned on a .381 hitting percentage. She also paces the defense with 1.13 blocks/set. At the service line, she has dished out 26 total aces -- third on the team. By the end of the season, Adelhelm will have inked her name in several career categories including blocks and hitting percentage.
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.
DOUBLE UP - Jazmine Orozco has been a consistent two-way player for the Waves, and has registered 17 kills-digs double doubles this season ... Taylor Racich has been credited with five double doubles in 2012, while Kelley Larsen has two and Katie Messing has one ... Kellie Woolever achieved the rare triple double on Oct. 3 when she reached double figures in assists, kills and digs.
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
WELCOME WAGON - Nina Matthies announced the addition of four student-athletes to her 2013-14 rosters. Jillian Bergeson, Ryann Chandler and Gabriella Palmeri have signed national letters-of-intent and will join the Waves’ indoor squad in 2013, while Delaney Knudson is the sand program’s first-ever NLI signee.
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 575-331 (.633), 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.
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.