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Waves women’s soccer opens season at home
The Pepperdine women’s soccer team opened the 2014 season at home, hosting Cal Poly Friday, Aug. 22, and Maryland on Sunday, Aug. 24.
Pepperdine returns 18 players from last year’s squad and brings in eight newcomers (seven freshmen and one transfer).
The Waves’ roster features seven seniors, two redshirt juniors, one junior, one redshirt sophomore, eight sophomores and seven freshmen.
The Waves return their two leading scorers from last season in seniors Lynn Williams and Ally Holtz.
Williams was on the verge of a historic season before missing the last four games of the season due to injury. She was still named to the NSCAA All-West Region first team and the All-WCC first team. Williams started the first 15 games of the season and posted 11 goals and three assists for 25 points. In the WCC, she finished first in goals per game (0.73, which is third in Pepperdine history), tied for second in game-winning goals and third in points per game (1.67, which is fourth in Pepperdine history).
Holtz made the All-WCC second team as a junior and was second on the team in goals (six) and points (16) while leading the squad in assists (four). She tied for 10th in the WCC in goals and was one of three players to start all 19 games.
After taking over the starting job as a freshman last season, Hannah Seabert returns for the Waves following a breakout rookie campaign. She played 1,732 of the 1,752 minutes, posting a 10-7-2 record and had 114 saves, five shutouts and a 1.40 goals-against average. The 114 saves were the second-most in Pepperdine history and her average of 6.0 saves per game ranked third. Seabert ranked first in the WCC in save percentage (.809), total saves and saves per game and sixth in goals-against average.
Pepperdine plays 11 non-conference games before opening West Coast Conference play in October.
The Waves open the season with four home games and feature seven NCAA National Tournament participants on the 2014 schedule.
Perennial NCAA Powerhouse North Carolina makes its first ever trip to Malibu on Aug. 31.
WCC play opens on Oct. 3, when conference co-champion Santa Clara comes to town.
The Waves play five home games and four road games in conference play this season.
Pepperdine takes on the other two co-champions when it heads to Portland on Oct. 24 and then closes the season at home against BYU on Nov. 8.
NCAA tournament play begins on Nov. 14, with the first, second, third and quarterfinal rounds being played at campus sites, and the Women’s College Cup being held in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Dec. 5-7).
The Waves are coming off a 2013 campaign where the team finished the year 10-7-2 overall and 5-4-0 in WCC competition.
All of the Waves home games this season will be broadcast live on WaveCasts at PepperdineSports.com. Live stats for all home games will also be carried on PepperdineSports.com.
The Waves’ Williams was one of 63 players named to the preseason MAC Hermann Award Watch List this season. The MAC Hermann Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in NCAA soccer presented annually to one male and one female athlete. The winners will be announced Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at the trophy presentation banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.
The Waves added assistant coach Max Rooke to the staff this past summer. Rooke joins the Waves’ staff after most recently serving as assistant coach at Illinois-Springfield and prior to that at his alma mater, Mercer. Rooke played collegiately at Mercer, as well as professionally with the Reading Football Club, in his native Reading, England, and also with the Great Britain National Team.
Pepperdine women’s basketball schedule released
Head coach Ryan Weisenberg recently announced the 2014-15 Pepperdine women’s basketball schedule and the 29-game slate features seven national tournament participants from last year. The Waves will travel to Nebraska and play in Iowa’s Hawkeye Challenge early in the year.
Pepperdine opens the year with an exhibition against Cal State Dominguez Hills at home on Nov. 8 before traveling to Nebraska for the team’s regular-season opener on Nov. 15 and to Iowa for the Hawkeye Challenge Nov. 21-22. The Waves WCC opener will be at home against Wells Fargo PCH Cup rival Loyola Marymount on Dec. 29.
“We are really excited about our non-conference schedule this year,” said Weisenberg, who is entering his second season at the helm in Malibu. “We have a couple of Top 25 teams, Iowa and Nebraska, on the schedule early in the year, and also a number of teams that went to the tournament last season. So that’s going to be a great test and a great opportunity for us to see where we’re at heading into conference play.”
The Pepperdine schedule features 11 non-conference games to go along with the full 18-game WCC slate. The Waves will play five national tournament participants during non-conference play (Nebraska, Iowa, Army, Cal State Northridge and Albany) as well as BYU and Gonzaga in WCC action. BYU made a Sweet 16 run last year, while Gonzaga was upset in the first round.
The Waves face both Army (Nov. 30) and Albany (Dec. 19) at home, and will take on CSUN (Dec. 6) on the road. The Albany game will be the Waves’ final non-conference contest before they start WCC play.
A few notable conference dates will be Jan. 10 when BYU comes to town, Jan. 31 when St. Mary’s visits Malibu to close a four-game home stretch for the Waves and Feb. 14 when Gonzaga visits. The Feb. 14 game against Gonzaga will be the final home game of the season. Santa Clara comes to town on Jan. 24 in a rematch of last year’s thrilling double-overtime, 100-93, Pepperdine victory.
The Waves close the year with road games at Santa Clara (Feb. 19), San Francisco (Feb. 21) and finally at LMU (Feb. 28).
“It’s going to be a great WCC season,” Weisenberg said. “Some of the top teams return some really good players, but we also have a few new coaches in the league, so I think it’s going to be wide open this year. If we take care of business and play like I think we can play, I think we’re going to surprise a lot of people.”
Pepperdine will be looking to improve on what had been a promising year last year which was derailed by midseason injuries. The Waves return the core of their 2013-14 squad, including leading-scorer Bria Richardson, who sat out the second half of the season with an injury. Pepperdine also adds transfers Krista Pettepier (Pittsburgh), Haley Videckis (Arizona State) and Layana White (Arizona), as well as a highly touted freshman class to the mix. The Waves did pick up a win in the first round of the WCC Tournament last year, defeating Santa Clara 80-74, before falling to BYU in the quarterfinals.