Matthies Wins #500 in Sweep of Seattle


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MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine women's volleyball coach Nina Matthies earned career win #500 on Friday as her 19th-ranked Waves defeated Seattle, 25-15, 25-20, 25-16, on the first night of the Pepperdine Asics Classic in Firestone Fieldhouse.

The Waves improved to 6-1 overall, including a 3-0 mark at home. Seattle dropped to 1-7 on the season.

"I don't really pay attention to these kinds of things," said Matthies, who is in her 27th season as head coach. "I think it means that we've had a very strong program over the years. We've had a lot of really good talent and I've had the help of a lot of good coaches. That's what it means, that we've had some really great people here at Pepperdine. I've always been proud to be part of this program."

Sophomore libero Stevi Robinson (Hermosa Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS) keyed a defensive effort that held Seattle to .093 hitting, as she collected a match-high 19 digs to go with a match-best three service aces.

The Waves hit .272 as a team, led by 13 kills from sophomore outside hitter Lilla Frederick (Huntington Beach, Calif./Cornelia Connelly HS) and 33 assists from senior setter Kiah Fiers (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Peninsula HS).

"I thought we were a little sloppy tonight," Matthies said. "The kids said they were trying to make it exciting for me, but I don't need that. Between games two and three we talked to them and they came out better. We're getting where we need to be."

Seattle led 1-0 in each of the three sets, but those would be the only three leads that the Redhawks would enjoy all night.

The Waves broke a 6-6 tie in the first set by going on a 7-1 run, which included a shared block and a kill apiece by freshman middle blocker Victoria Adelhelm (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Santa Fe Christian HS) and sophomore opposite Kristen Seaton (Terre Haute, Ind./South Vigo HS). The Waves led 15-11 and then went up by 10 points after a 6-0 run, which featured a pair of service aces by Robinson. Though Pepperdine hit just .121 in the first set, a strong defensive effort led by Robinson's nine digs put Seattle at a negative-.097 (six kills and nine attack errors).

Pepperdine took a 6-4 lead in the first set and scored the next five points, with Fiers collecting a kill, a block assist and two assists. Seattle closed to within four points at 16-12 and three points at 22-19 but got no closer. Pepperdine closed out the set with back-to-back Redhawk attack errors. Frederick had five kills as the Waves enjoyed a .275-.200 hitting edge in the second set.

The third set was tied 9-9, but Frederick had two kills as part of a 6-1 Pepperdine run. The Redhawks kept things reasonably close until it was 20-16, and the Waves rolled off the match's final five points. On match point at 24-16, Pepperdine's student section began chanting "500 ... 500 ... 500" and it ended on a Seattle attack error. The third set saw the Waves hold a .433-.154 hitting edge.

Seattle had a match-high 15 kills from Cristin Richards, while libero Emily Deleissegues had 14 digs.

In the first match of the night, Army (7-2) defeated UC Riverside (1-6) in four sets, 25-19, 25-27, 25-14, 25-21.

The tournament continues on Saturday (Sept. 12) when Seattle plays UC Riverside at 4:30 p.m. and Pepperdine takes on Army at 7 p.m. On Sunday (Sept. 13), Army meets Seattle at noon, followed by Pepperdine vs. UC Riverside at 2:30 p.m.


Article courtesy of Pepperdine Athletics

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