Big West Women's Volleyball Release - Week 16
The 2015 Big West women’s volleyball champion, Hawai’i, took care of business in its first & second round matchups of the NCAA Tournament in College Station, Texas, last week. The Rainbow Wahine opened with a five-set victory over TCU before downing host and SEC Champion Texas A&M, 3-0. With the win over the Aggies, Hawai’i advances to the Iowa Regional for the first time since 2011, where it battles Penn State in Sweet 16 action. Illinois and Minnesota also punched their tickets to the Iowa Regional to complete the four-team regional. The Hawai’i-Penn State showdown, the second match of the doubleheader, is slated for Friday, Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. (Pacific) on ESPN3. The winner will move on to the Elite 8 contest the following day at 3:30 p.m. on ESPNU with the winner advancing to the Final Four at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., on December 17 and 19.
Hawai'i Tid Bits
UH Claims Big West Volleyball Title:
With a perfect 16-0 mark, Hawai’i captured the 2015 Big West women’s volleyball conference championship, its eighth Big West title overall. The Rainbow Wahine become the 10th team to finish the conference season undefeated and the fourth Hawai’i team to master the feat. Long Beach State finished second with a 13-3 mark. Cal Poly placed third with an 11-5 mark while UC Davis secured the fourth spot at 10-6. CSUN and UC Irvine ended up knotted in fifth after posting a 7-9 record. UC Riverside finished seventh followed by UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Fullerton.
The AVCA announced its all-region teams and a trio of Big West players walked away with honors. Hawai’i’s Nikki Taylor and Olivia Magill were named to the Pacific North Region First Team list, while Long Beach State’s Jenelle Hudson earned Pacific South Region First Team accolades. It was the first honor for Taylor and Hudson and third for Magill.
We’re Number One:
The Rainbow Wahine lead the nation with an impressive 3.18 blocks per set average. Olivia Magill is the catalyst for the team, sporting the country’s 12th-best average of 1.49. They also hold the country’s best win-loss percentage of .966. The Rainbow Wahine own an impressive 28-1 overall mark with its lone defeat coming against then-ranked No. 25 UCLA (3-1) on Sept. 6.
The Rainbow Wahine enter the NCAA Iowa Regional riding a 23-match win streak, the longest since Hawai’i won 26-straight in 2011.
Cramping Their Style:
The ‘Bows are holding their opponents to a miniscule .142 hitting percentage to rank fifth in the country.
Hawai’i swept 17 of its opponents this season, including a streak of six consecutive 3-0 victories from Sept. 20 - Oct. 9.
Leading The Pack:
Hawai’i leads the league in hitting percentage (.289), blocks (3.17), kills (14.32), service aces (1.47), assists (13.17) and opponent hitting percentage (.152)
Hawai'i In The NCAA
34th NCAA Tournament Appearance - 22nd consecutive
Three National Championships (1982, 1983, 1987)
National Champion Runner-Up (1988, 1996)
Nine Final Four Appearances
Overall NCAA Record - 51-24 (.680)
NCAA Home Record - 28-2 (.933)
NCAA Away Record - 4-10 (.286)
NCAA Neutral Record - 19-12 (.613)
Against 2015 NCAA Field This Season - 5-1
All-time record versus TCU (1st rd opponent) - 7-0
All-time record versus Texas A&M (2nd rd opponent) - 7-1
All-time record versus Penn State (Sweet 16 opponent) - 0-5
All-time record versus Illinois (possible Elite 8 opponent) - 8-1
All-time record versus Wisconsin (possible Elite 8 opponent) - 1-2