Taylor, Van Winden Go Trifecta On Weekly Honors
Nikki Taylor and Adlee Van Winden won their third consecutive women’s volleyball weekly awards, while Hawai‘i sophomore Savanah Kahakai also joined the fray.
Taylor Keys Victory Over No. 2 Florida
Named the Most Outstanding Player of the Outrigger Resorts Volleyball Challenge, Hawai‘i junior Nikki Taylor (Honolulu, O'ahu/Hawai‘i) claimed Big West Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week honors for the third time in as many weeks.
Taylor averaged 4.75 kills, 2.25 digs, 1.33 blocks and 0.75 service aces per set to help the Rainbow Wahine take down San Diego State, No. 2 Florida and Eastern Washington for the tournament title. She also hit .252 with a tournament-high 57 kills to go along with 27 digs, 16 blocks and nine service aces.
The 6-3 opposite came up big in the five-set win over the second-ranked Gators. Taylor slammed a career-best 27 kills and added a season-high 17 digs in the win. She hammered the set-winning kill in set two to knot the match at a set apiece and then delivered the put away on match point.
Taylor posted 11 kills and a season and game-high eight blocks in the sweep of the Aztecs. Against the Eagles, Taylor drilled a match-high 19 kills, nine of which came in the decisive fourth set, and had five stuffs at the net.
She has led the Rainbow Wahine in kills in all nine matches this season. Taylor also tied her career-high three times with three service aces in each contest.
Others nominated: Taylor Nelson (Cal Poly); Kyra Hill (Cal State Fullerton); Nele Barber (Long Beach State); Kaylin Squyres (UC Davis)
Van Winden Named All-Tournament In Portland
Cal Poly outside hitter Adlee Van Winden (Napa, Calif./Vintage HS) posted her third straight weekly award as the Big West Women’s Volleyball Freshman Player of the Week as she amassed 46 kills to aid her selection to the North Harbour Marriott Invitational All-Tournament squad.
Van Winden collected double-digit kills in all three matches, including a 20-kill effort in a five-set loss to tournament host Portland in the finale. She hit .296 with just four errors in 54 swings against the Pilots, and added 19 digs for her third career double-double.
She opened the tournament with 15 kills during a four-set defeat of Idaho, and chipped in 11 more in a sweep of St. Francis Brooklyn.
Van Winden leads the Mustangs with 135 total kills and ranks fourth among all Big West players in that category. Her 3.86 kills per set also rank her fourth in the conference hierarchy.
Others nominated: Summer Kerins (Cal State Fullerton); Peyton Grahovac (Long Beach State); Devin Joos (UC Santa Barbara)
Kahakai Helps Spur Upset Of No. 2 Florida
The leader in digs in three Hawai‘i victories, sophomore Savanah Kahakai (Kalihi, O’ahu, Hawai‘i/Farrington HS) collected Big West Women’s Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week honors.
The libero/defensive specialist registered double-digit digs against San Diego State, No. 2 Florida and Eastern Washington. Her best effort came when it was needed most – Kahakai notched a career-high 19 digs in Hawaii’s five-set takedown of the Gators.
Kahakai led UH in digs in all three matches, totaling 42 over the three matches at the Outrigger Resorts Volleyball Challenge. She had 13 digs against the Aztecs and 10 versus the Eagles.
She also contributed in other ways, chipping in with eight assists and a service ace against Florida.
Others nominated: Katherine Brouker (Cal Poly); Maddie Hubbell (UC Riverside); Phoebe Grunt (UC Santa Barbara)