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Internet Audio Broadcast Available For Friday Night's NCAA Volleyball Tournament Match


Dec. 11, 2003

MALIBU, Calif. -- For the third straight season, the Pepperdine women's volleyball team advances to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Championship. The Waves, seeded No. 4 in the NCAA Tournament, will travel to Long Beach to face Minnesota in the regional semi-finals Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Fans worldwide can listen to the match live on through Yahoo! with Chris McGee providing play-by-play and Matt Boice doing color commentating.

Pepperdine defeated Manhattan (3-0) and Kansas (3-1) on its homecourt last weekend to set up the meeting with the Golden Gophers. No. 5 Stanford and No. 13 Washington will play the first match of the evening at 5:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Northwest. The winners of both matches will advance to the Regional Championship on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. live on ESPN.

The Waves enter the contest with a school-record 23-match winning, and a program-best 27-2 overall record.

Pepperdine concluded the regular season with a 25-2 overall mark and captured the West Coast Conference (WCC) championship with a perfect 14-0 record. It marked the third consecutive year that the Waves finished league play undefeated. Pepperdine has been ranked a best-ever No. 4 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll.

For the tenth time in the WCC's 19 years of sponsoring women's volleyball, Pepperdine won the league title. The Waves' 14-0 conference record marked the fourth time in the last five years that they have posted an unblemished league record and ninth time overall.

Highlighted by senior outside hitter Katie Wilkins' selection as "Player of the Year", Pepperdine had three players named first team All-WCC.

Rookie middle blocker Sophia Milo was tabbed WCC's "Freshman of the Year" and head coach Nina Matthies was named the conference's "Coach of the Year" for the ninth time in her career. Libero Christina Hinds garnered "Co-Defensive Player of Year" accolodes.

Joining Wilkins on the first team were senior middle blocker Lyndsey Hache' and sophomore setter Melissa Mehlhorn .

Matthies previously received "Coach of the Year" honors in 1985, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1998, 1999 2001 and 2002.

Wilkins led the Waves with a career-high 563 kills and 1,272 kill attempts while averaging 5.31 kills a game.

In addition to receiving conference "Player of the Year" honors, Wilkins was named All-Pacific Region while Mehlhorn was selected honorable mention for the first time in her career.

Matthies was chosen the Pacific Region's "Coach of the Year" for the third time in her career. She shared the Co-Coaching honor with California's Rich Feller.

The team is currently ranked No. 8 nationally in kills, No. 16 in hitting percentage, and No. 5 in winning percentage.



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