UC Santa Barbara, Hawai'i Receive Women's Volleyball Awards
Lindsey Ruddins earned her second consecutive honor, and a pair of Hawai‘i frontline performers also were recognized for this week’s women’s volleyball awards.
Taylor Impresses In Season Debut
After missing three matches due to injury, Hawai‘i senior Nikki Taylor (Honolulu, Hawai‘i/Kaiser HS) showed no ill effects from the layoff in capturing Big West Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week honors.
The 6-4 opposite claimed Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic Most Valuable Player accolades as she averaged 6.67 kills, 3.78 digs and 1.00 service aces per set over three matches. The Rainbow Wahine posted wins over Missouri State and Pacific before falling to No. 8 UCLA in the championship match.
Taylor’s first glimpse of court time in 2016 resulted in 21 kills, 11 digs, two aces and four blocks in a three-set win over Missouri State. She hit .529 with just three errors in 34 swings. In that contest, Taylor became the 19th Rainbow Wahine to join the 1,000 career kill club.
The Big West Player of the Year returned against Pacific with 22 kills on .439 hitting, adding 14 digs for her second consecutive double-double. She also contributed another four blocks and dealt a career-high tying four aces. It marked Taylor’s 13th career match in which she recorded at least 20 kills.
Taylor also had 17 kills against UCLA, and nearly missed her third straight double-double as she finished with nine digs.
Others nominated: Alexis Clewis (Cal Poly); Julie Haake (CSUN); Harlee Kekauoha (UC Irvine); Lindsey Ruddins (UC Santa Barbara)
Maglio Leads Rainbow Wahine at Net
Hawai‘i junior Emily Maglio (Coquitlam, B.C., Canada/Pinetree HS) was a blocking beast in capturing Big West Women’s Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week accolades.
The middle blocker led UH with 17 blocks, nine more than her teammates over the three matches at the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic. Maglio’s best match came in a sweep of Pacific when she registered a career-high nine blocks (one solo). That eclipsed her previous career high of seven on two other occasions.
Maglio had four block assists against both Missouri State and UCLA. She finished the week with 1.89 blocks per set.
She also totaled 22 kills, including 12 against No. 8 UCLA in which she also hit .333 (12-2-30) for the contest.
Others nominated: Taylor Gruenewald (Cal Poly); Katie Sato (CSUN); Kelechi Ohiri (UC Davis); Luna Tsujimoto (UC Irvine); Emilia Petrachi (UC Santa Barbara)
Ruddins Repeats as Freshman of the Week
UC Santa Barbara outside hitter Lindsey Ruddins (Laguna Niguel, Calif./Aliso Niguel HS) collected her second straight Big West Women’s Volleyball Freshman Player of the Week award as she guided her team to a 3-1 record at the Thunderdome Classic.
An all-tournament selection for the second straight week, Ruddins paced the Gauchos with 61 kills and 70.5 points over the four matches. She averaged 4.69 kills, 2.08 digs and 1.08 blocks per set while hitting .270 (61-21-148).
Ruddins was consistent with 14 kills against CSU Bakersfield and Baylor in back-to-back three set victories, 16 more in an upset sweep of No. 25 Colorado State, and 17 versus Pittsburgh.
She hit .481 against the Runners and .286 versus the Rams. She dominated at the net with eight blocks versus CSU Bakersfield. Ruddins posted a double-double against Baylor with a 10-dig effort.
Others nominated: Mika Dickson (Cal Poly); Melissa Eaglin (CSUN); Hailey Harward (Long Beach State); Heather Reed (UC Davis); Loryn Carter (UC Irvine); Yulia Ushakova (UC Riverside); Norene Iosia (Hawai‘i)