Waves close regular season with three games at Firestone

MALIBU, California. – Pepperdine’s women’s volleyball team has three games remaining in the 2022 regular season, all at home. The Waves will host No. 17 BYU, No. 2 San Diego and unranked Portland at Firestone Fieldhouse on Thursday, Saturday and Tuesday respectively.

Saturday against the Toreros will serve as Senior Day and Kayleigh Hames, Riley Patterson and Isabelle Zelaya will be honored before the first service.

GAME #27 – Thursday (Nov. 17) at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu, Calif.: Pepperdine vs. #17 BYU at 7 p.m. | Watch: COE Network

GAME #28 – Saturday (Nov. 19) at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu, Calif.: Pepperdine vs. San Diego at 12 p.m. | Watch: COE Network

GAME #29 – Tuesday (Nov. 22) at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu, Calif.: Pepperdine vs. Portland at 1 p.m. | Watch: COE Network

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

COVER – Matches will have live stats and streams available with links to be found at PepperdineWaves.com. All matches will be broadcast on the WCC Network.

TICKETS AND DIRECTIONS TO SPECTATORS — Tickets for all Pepperdine Women’s Home Volleyball games in 2022 will be available by e-ticket ONLY. Pepperdine faculty, staff and students must present Pepperdine ID to enter – no ticket purchase required.

To purchase e-tickets and read spectator guidelines, visit: www.PepperdineWaves.com/Tickets. Due to campus construction, nearby parking is limited and guests are advised to arrive early.

Each match is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (65 and older), and $5 for children and non-Pepperdine students.

PROMOTIONS – On Thursday, there will be a classic Thanksgiving tailgate outside Firestone Fieldhouse for Pepperdine students. Attendees will be able to participate in a cornhole tournament, a Greek Life pie tasting contest and will receive free pumpkin spice lattes. There will also be a canned food drive and all attendees are encouraged to bring a canned food to donate.

Saturday will serve as Senior Wave Day and Kayleigh Hames, Riley Patterson and Isabelle Zelaya will be honored before the first service.

EQUIP YOURSELF HERE! — The Pepperdine Bookstore, the official bookstore of Pepperdine Athletics, will also be present in the lobby before, during and after games against BYU and San Diego. The bookstore will offer a variety of clothing options for purchase, as well as many other exciting trinkets and items.

NCAA SELECTION SHOW — Once the regular season is over, there will be a slight break for the Thanksgiving holiday. Next, the NCAA draft show takes place on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 4:30 p.m. PT / 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

WEEKLY NODS – Five weeks this season, the Waves named a West Coast Conference Player of the Week. Riley Patterson received the defensive honor three times, while Grace Chillingworth won offensive recognition twice. The Waves also swept the accolades in Week 2 of 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), Riley Patterson (11/7).

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 26 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 led or equaled seven times, Rachel Ahrens had led in four matches, Avery Shimaitis accomplished the feat in two matches and each vanessa polk and Emma Ammerman have led or equalized once.

TEAM GOALS – Pepperdine went 18-8 overall this season, going 9-6 against West Coast Conference teams. As a team, the Waves are producing 13.37 kills/set with a .231 completion rate, while adding 12.49 assists, 1.43 aces, 14.52 digs and 2.45 blocks per set. The team is allowing opponents 11.92 kills/set on a .180 clip, along with 11.08 assists, 1.33 aces, 13.63 digs, and 2.23 blocks per set.

Three players are averaging over 2.75 kills/set in each game: Emilie Hellmuth (2.86), Grace Chillingworth (2.81) and Meg Brown (2.78). Brown leads the team with 273 total kills on an impressive .359 hit percentage. It also adds 0.29 aces and 0.93 blocks per set. Chillingworth leads the team with 36 total aces, scoring 0.37 aces/set, while adding 2.36 digs/set. vanessa polk has a team best 1.26 blocks/set after leading the team with 107 total blocks, including 18 solo rejections.

Isabelle Zelaya serves as the main playmaker with 10.14 assists/set and 973 total assists this season. It also adds 2.03 recoveries/set. Riley Patterson maintains the backline with 4.07 digs/set after scoring 395 digs so far this season. Kayleigh Hames and Trinity Stanger also help the cause with 2.24 and 1.87 digs/set.

PCH CUP RIVALS IN MALIBU – Last week, the Waves faced a tough LMU side, falling in four sets to the PCH Cup rival at home. After winning the first set 25-18, Pepperdine was beaten 25-20, 25-17, 25-16 in the next three sets to end the match. The Waves recorded 48 kills from a .171 completion rate, while the Lions scored 46 kills from a .262 clip. LMU also led with 14.0 blocks, nine aces and 43 digs, while Pepperdine had 9.0 blocks, seven aces and 40 digs.

Emilie Hellmuth, Grace Chillingworth and Emma Ammerman hit double digits for the team with 16, 12, and 10 eliminations respectively. Hellmuth added four blocks including two solo rejects, Chillingworth produced two aces on top of his kill effort and Ammerman led with a .316 strike percentage. Isabelle Zelaya scored a double-double with 32 assists and a team-record 11 digs. Meg Brown also impressed with the service line with five aces, a career high.

THE COMPETITION – BYU leads the Waves 32-8 all-time, dating back to 1976 when the Cougars won 2-0 on neutral ground. In recent years, BYU had won 16 straight from 2012-2020 before Pepperdine broke the streak with a straight-set sweep of the Cougars. Last season, BYU won both. This season, the Cougars went 19-5 overall, falling to then-ranked No. 4 San Diego, No. 5 Georgia Tech, No. 8 Ohio State, No. 10 Pitt and unranked Pacific. Last week, BYU beat Pacific after the Tigers lost the game and Saint Mary’s with a sweep. Earlier this season, the Cougars beat the Waves in fours on the road.

Pepperdine holds an all-time record of 44-35 against San Diego, dating back to 1979 when the Waves won in straight sets. Pepperdine has won the first 20 straight matches, 18 of them in straight sets. Last season the two teams went their separate ways, playing both matches in five sets and each side winning on the road. This season, the Toreros are 24-1 overall and are currently ranked No. 2 nationally. USD picked up wins over #6 Pitt, #8 Ohio State, and #17 BYU and only lost to #3 Louisville. Last week, the Toreros swept Saint Mary’s and Pacific at home. Earlier this season, San Diego beat Pepperdine in four.

Portland went 10-16 overall this season and 3-12 against West Coast Conference opponents. The Pilots’ three wins have come against Pacific (3-2), Gonzaga (3-1) and San Francisco, while Portland went 1-1 last week with the four-set win over the Dons and the loss in five. sets against Santa Clara. All-time Pepperdine leads Portland 65-6, dating back to the very first game in 1987 when the Waves won in straight sets. Pepperdine has won 41 straight matches, including 28 sweeps from 1995 to 2015, while matches in that span have only gone to five sets on four occasions. Most recently, the Waves have won 10 straight games since 2017, including seven won by sweep. Earlier this season, Pepperdine swept Portland on the road.

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