Jan. 26, 2007
MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine women's volleyball head coach Nina Matthies is known for landing many of the nation's top high school volleyball players and her 2008 class is no exception as three prep standouts signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period. Krista Friedman, a 5-7 defensive specialist from La Verne, Calif., Kealohilani Kea, a 5-8 setter from Honolulu, Hawaii and Kristen Seaton, a 6-5 opposite from Terre Haute, Ind. will enroll at Pepperdine in the fall of 2007.
Seaton is ranked among the top 100 recruits by Prepvolleyball.com as well as a "Fab 50" by Volleyball Magazine.
Seaton attends Terre Haute South Vigo High School in Terre Haute, Ind. and plays club ball with Circle City 18-1's. The 6-5 lefty, set the school record for most kills in a game (36) and in a season (455) while earning first team All-Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference accolades.
The highly recruited Seaton also picked up second team All-State honors and competed in the Indiana State All-Star game as a member of the South team. She helped lead her club team to a fifth-place finish at the 2006 Junior Olympics.
Kea is currently a senior Kamehameha Schools where she was named the 2005 Interscholastic League of Honolulu Player of the Year. The two-time varsity standout earned first team All-State honors in both 2005 and 2006.
As a member of Jammers Volleyball Club team, Kea helped lead her team to a third-place finish at the 2006 Las Vegas Classic as well as a fifth-place showing at the 2006 Southern California Qualifiers.
Friedman will graduate from St. Lucy's Priory High School in Glendora, Calif. later this spring. During her senior season, the 5-7 Friedman earned CIF SS Division 2 first team honors after leading her team to a third straight Sierra League title. Friedman also picked up first team Sierra League accolades for her efforts during the 2005 and 2006 seasons and was named the team's Outstanding Defensive Player during her senior year.
Pepperdine's recruiting class follows 2006's seventh-ranked and 2005's 10th-ranked classes. The 2007 season is scheduled to open in Fayetteville, Ark. on August 24.