Waves Host Santa Clara, San Francisco this week
MALIBU, California. – Pepperdine’s women’s volleyball team is set to host Santa Clara and San Francisco at home this week. Although this is the 10th week of competition, it will be the team’s seventh and eighth home fixtures respectively.
MATCH #22 – Thursday (Oct. 27) at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu, Calif.: Pepperdine vs. Santa Clara at 7 p.m. | Watch: COE Network
GAME #23 – Saturday (Oct. 29) at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu, Calif.: Pepperdine vs. San Francisco at 12 p.m. | Watch: COE Network
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COVER – The match will have live stats and streams available with links to be found on PepperdineWaves.com. All matches will be broadcast on the WCC Network.
NEXT –Next week, the Waves will play the final West Coast Conference road games of the regular season, traveling to face Saint Mary’s and Pacific on Nov. 3 and 5, respectively.
SPOOKY SEASON — Thursday’s game against Santa Clara will be the Waves’ Halloween game for this season. Fans are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes for the game and fun Halloween-themed candy and entertainment will be provided and featured throughout the game.
HOME CUP GAME — This Thursday’s match will also be a House Cup match. The Pepperdine House Cup is a competition between all residence freshmen and freshmen living in Seaside Hall. At the end of the semester, the house with the most points will win the grand prize of a Pepperdine-branded ping pong table to reside in the lobby of the winning house, provided by the Pepperdine Athletics department.
Dig the pink — On Saturday, fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of the fight against breast cancer. Liberos for the Waves will wear pink singlets, while others will sport pink hair ties, laces and other items to support on the court as well.
WEEKLY NODS – Four weeks this season, the Waves named a West Coast Conference Player of the Week. Riley Patterson received defensive honor and Grace Chillingworth earned offensive recognition twice, while the Waves swept the accolades in Week 2 this season.
2022 Weekly Honors: Grace Chillingworthoffensive (9/5); Riley Pattersondefensive (9/5); Meg Brownoffensive (9/12); Riley Patterson (9/20); Grace Chillingworthoffensive (10/3).
MORE THAN AN ATHLETE — The Waves have made it a primary standard this season to make mental health a priority within the team. The white jerseys feature a green ribbon this year which denotes support for mental health awareness. Also throughout the majority of the games, many players will be wearing green rubber bands and wristbands, and even painting their fingernails, all to support the mental health awareness initiative and to eliminate stigma. The team also has two jerseys that feature the phrases “More Than an Athlete” and “Be Kind to Your Mind”.
One of the team’s goals is to live an honest and healthy lifestyle together. To train, the team will have at least one weekly meeting and check-in with the team and coaches where the court is open. From these records, the team knows who needs to be lifted throughout the week, who needs to be checked in, and why. Pepperdine Women’s Volleyball continues to attempt to erase the stigma surrounding athlete mental health.
HEAVY HITTERS, ALL – In five of the first six games of the season, the Waves had a different leader, showing a strong offensive offering for the season. The story remained the same throughout the season. In the 21 games Pepperdine has played, Meg Brown led the Waves offensive effort, or tied the match kill high, eight times. Grace Chillingworth and Emilie Hellmuth have each led or tied five times, Rachel Ahrens had led four matches and Avery Shimaitis accomplished the feat in two games.
TEAM GOALS – Pepperdine went 15-6 overall this season, opening the West Coast Conference with a 6-4 outing. As a team, the Waves are producing 13.37 kills/set with a .231 completion rate, while adding 12.57 assists, 1.37 aces, 14.39 digs and 2.41 blocks per set. The team is allowing opponents 12.10 kills/set on a .184 clip, along with 11.30 assists, 1.33 aces, 13.44 digs, and 2.12 blocks per set.
Three players are averaging over 2.5 kills/set in each game: Meg Brown (2.85), Emilie Hellmuth (2.84) and Grace Chillingworth (2.62). Brown leads the team with 225 total kills on an impressive .365 hit percentage. It also adds 0.28 aces and 0.95 blocks per set. Chillingworth leads the team with 30 aces in total, scoring 0.38 aces/set, while adding 2.33. vanessa polk has a team best 1.20 blocks/set after leading the team with 84 total blocks, including 15 solo rejections.
Isabelle Zelaya serves as the main playmaker with 10.19 assists/set and 795 total assists this season. It also adds 1.95 digs/set. Riley Patterson maintains the backline with 4.06 digs/set after scoring 321 digs so far this season. Kayleigh Hames and Trinity Stanger also help the cause with 2.26 and 1.78 digs/set.
LAST WEEK ON THE ROAD – Last week, the Waves split a road series after beating Portland in straight sets and falling to Gonzaga by reverse sweep. In Game 1 against the Pilots, the Waves had 38 kills on a .260 outing with six aces, 48 digs and 9.0 blocks. The team allowed the opposition 27 kills from a .065 clip, with five aces, 37 digs and 4.0 team blocks. Emilie Hellmuth led the waves with 13 wins on a .321 hit rate, while Emma Ammerman, vanessa polk and Meg Brown impressed with high hitting percentages, posting 8-on-.353, seven-on-.545, and six-on-.385 wins, respectively. Grace Chillingworth and Riley Patterson scored two service aces for the Waves, while adding double-digit digs with 12 and 11 respectively, alongside a hollow 10 effort from Kayleigh Hames. Brown also led at the net with six blocks.
In game two, the Waves won the first two, but Gonzaga rallied to take the third, fourth, and fifth sets for the victory. Pepperdine recorded 64 kills to .184, along with nine aces, 64 digs and 11.0 blocks. The Zags had 50 kills on a .222 clip, with 13 aces, 46 digs and 14.0 blocks. Chillingworth led with 17 kills, adding a double-double with a team-high 14 digs, four blocks and three aces. Brown and Ammerman added 15 and 10 kills respectively, while Brown also had two aces and four blocks. Isabelle Zelaya also scored a double-double with 55 assists and 10 digs, while Patterson had 11 digs.
THE COMPETITION – Pepperdine leads Santa Clara 49-33 all-time, dating back to 1982 when the Waves won 2-0 on neutral ground. In recent years, Pepperdine has won nine straight matches, including four sweeps. This season, the Broncos are 8-14 overall and 4-6 in the league. Last week, SCU lost both, falling to four against Pacific and three to Saint Mary’s.
The Waves lead the Dons with an all-time record of 68-7, dating back to 1985 when the team won in four and had a 16-game winning streak through 1992. From 1993 to 2007, the Waves have enjoyed another winning streak with a 29-game streak. In recent years, Pepperdine has won 16 straight since 2014, including nine sweeps. This season, the Dons are 11-10 overall and 4-6 in the WCC. USF is on a four-game winning streak with a sweep over Gonzaga, two five-set wins over Portland and Pacific and a four-set win over Saint Mary’s.