Pepperdine Opens NCAA Tournament at Stanford – Pepperdine University Athletics


MALIBU, Calif. — The Pepperdine women’s volleyball team will enter postseason action on Friday, challenging Pac-12 Champion and national #4-seed Stanford in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. 

MATCH #30 — Friday (December 2) at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, Calif.: Pepperdine vs. #5 Stanford at 7 p.m.  | Watch: ESPN+

MATCH #31 — Saturday (December 3) at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, Calif.: Pepperdine vs. winner of Hawai’i/LSU at 6 p.m. | *Based on a win in the NCAA First Round vs. Stanford

SOCIAL MEDIA — Follow @WavesVolleyball on Twitter for updates and check out PepperdineWaves.com and Facebook (/WavesVolleyball) for releases and more information.

COVERAGE — The Waves first round match against the Cardinal will air live on ESPN+.  All matches will have live stats and streams available with links to be found on PepperdineWaves.com. 

TICKETS & SPECTATOR GUIDELINES — Tickets on Friday will be good for both matches, beginning with Hawai’i vs. LSU at 4:30 p.m.  The price ranges from $10 – $20 per ticket and links are available on www.PepperdineWaves.com.

WCC POSTSEASON ACCLAIM — Six Waves garnered All-West Coast Conference postseason acclaim this season, highlighted by a WCC Freshman of the Year honor for Emily Hellmuth.  It is the third-consecutive year that Pepperdine has earned the accolade of its kind as Brown and Chillingworth did so in 2020 and 2021.

Meg Brown and Grace Chillingworth impressed with first team nods, while Riley Patterson and Isabel Zelaya earned second team and honorable mention recognition as well.  Hellmuth, along with Vanessa Polk, also tabbed a spot on the All-Freshman squad.

WAVES IN THE SHOW — Pepperdine has advanced to the postseason 30 times in the program’s 46-year history, compiling a cumulative record of 41-35 (.539). 

The Waves have earned a berth to the NCAA Championships on 26 occasions – 1981, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2018, 2020, 2021 and 2022 – and have gone 19-25 (.432) overall.

In 2002, Pepperdine advanced to the Elite Eight and reached the regional final once again in 2011. Pepperdine competed at the AIAW Championships in 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1979 while the 1995 team participated in the 20-team National Invitational Volleyball Championships. Pepperdine finished fourth at the AIAW Championships in 1976 and 1978. Last season, the Waves faced UCF in the opening round played at UCLA, falling in a tough four-set battle.

WEEKLY NODS — Five weeks this season, the Waves have tabbed a West Coast Conference player of the week nod.  Riley Patterson has received the defensive honor on three occasions, while Grace Chillingworth has garnered the offensive recognition twice.  The Waves had also swept the accolades in week two this season.

2022 weekly honors: Grace Chillingworth, offensive (9/5); Riley Patterson, defensive (9/5); Meg Brown, offensive (9/12); Riley Patterson (9/20); Grace Chillingworth, offensive (10/3), Riley Patterson (11/7).

HEAVY HITTERS, ALL OF ‘EM — In five of the first six matches of the season, the Waves had a different kill leader, showing a strong offensive offering for the season. The story has stayed the same throughout the rest of the season as well.  In the 29 matches Pepperdine has played, Meg Brown has led the Waves’ attack effort, or tied the match kill-high, on nine separate occasions.  Grace Chillingworth has led or tied nine times, Emily Hellmuth has led or tied eight times, Avery Shimaitis has accomplished the feat in two matches and Vanessa Polk and Emma Ammerman have led or tied once.

SQUAD GOALS — Pepperdine has gone 19-10 overall this season, going 10-8 against West Coast Conference teams.  As a team, the Waves produce 13.43 kills/set on a .229 success rate, while also adding 12.55 assists, 1.50 aces, 14.50 digs and 2.36 blocks per set.  The squad allows opponents 12.00 kills/set on a .187 clip, along with 11.17 assists, 1.31 aces, 13.51 digs and 2.33 blocks per set.

Three players average more than 2.82 kills/set each match: Emily Hellmuth (2.90), Grace Chillingworth (2.89) and Meg Brown (2.82).  Brown leads the team with an impressive .367 hitting percentage after having marked 302 kills with only 78 errors on 611 swings.  She also adds 0.29 aces…



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