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Dec 10- For the third time in her 21-years as head coach of thePepperdine Waves, Nina Matthies was named Pacific Region Co-Coach of the Year, officials announced today

Pictured: Nina Matthies has coached the Waves to a 27-2 record so far this season.

Dec 10- For the third time in her 21-years as head coach of the Pepperdine Waves, Nina Matthies was named Pacific Region Co-Coach of the Year, officials announced today. She shares the honor with California's Rich Feller. Each of the honorees will represent their region on the National Coach of the Year ballot. The awards will be officially presented at the Tachikara/AVCA Coach of the Year banquet in New Orleans on Thursday, Dec. 18, at the 2003 American Volleyball Coaches Association Annual Convention. Among the ten selections are five coaches, including Matthies, who have led their teams to the NCAA Tournament regional semifinals.

Pacific Region Co-Coach of the Year
Nina Matthies, Pepperdine University
2003 Record: 27-2 (14-0 West Coast Conference)

Matthies has led Pepperdine into the NCAA Regional Semifinals with a school-record 27 wins (27-2) and a perfect 14-0 record in the West Coast Conference for the third straight year. The Waves are ranked an all-time best fourth in the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll. Pepperdine has won 25 straight matches, which smashes the previous school record of 17 consecutive victories. The Waves have won eight of 10 matches versus current nationally ranked teams in 2003. Matthies, who has earned the Tachikara/AVCA Region Coach of the Year three times (1999, 2002, 2003), was tabbed WCC Coach of the Year for the third straight season and fifth time in six years. Matthies holds a 411-235 record in 20 seasons with the Waves, including 14 NCAA Tournament appearances.

Three WCC standouts were named to the AVCA All-Pacific Region team. WCC Player of the Year Katie Wilkins heads the list, and is joined by Santa Clara middle blocker Becky Potter and Loyola Marymount' s Kelli Nerison. All three were WCC All-Conference First Team performers in 2003. San Francisco's Brittanie Budinger and Pepperdine's Melissa Mehlhorn earned honorable mention recognition.

Pacific Region
Emily Adams ** Univ. of Southern California MB Jr.
Keao Burdine Univ. of Southern California OH Jr.
Bibiana Candelas Univ. of Southern California MB So.
Kim Glass ** University of Arizona OH So.
Jennifer Harvey Stanford University MB Sr.
Mia Jerkov ** University of California OH Jr.
Kelli Nerison Loyola Marymount University MB Jr.
Ogonna Nnamani *** Stanford University OH Jr.
Becky Potter ** Santa Clara University MB Sr.
April Ross **** Univ. of Southern California OH Sr.
Sanja Tomasevic University of Washington OH Jr.
Katie Wilkins *** Pepperdine University OH Sr.

Region Freshman of the Year: Kristin Richards, Stanford, OH
Honorable Mention: Toni Anderson (Southern California, S, Sr.), Lisa Beauchene (Sacramento State, S, Sr.), Brittanie Budinger (San Francisco, OH, Sr.), Melissa Mehlhorn (Pepperdine, S, So.), Katie Olsovsky (Southern California, RS/Opp, Sr.), Chrissie Zartman (UCLA, DS/Lib, Jr.)

* Denotes total number of years selected to AVCA Division I All-Region Team