Big West Women's Volleyball Release - Week 7
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Two weeks of Big West play in the books and two teams are knotted atop the standings with a perfect 4-0 record. Defending conference champion No. 12 Hawai’i knocked off Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside to extend its conference win streak to 25 matches. The 49ers of Long Beach State swept the central coast (Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara), to keep their perfect conference record in 2016 intact. The two teams square off this Saturday at The Pyramid on FOX Prime Ticket with first serve slated for 8:00 p.m. For both teams to enter Saturday’s matchup unscathed, the Rainbow Wahine must slip passed CSUN (6-10; 2-2), which airs Thursday on ESPN3, and the 49ers need to pickup a road win at UC Riverside (5-9; 0-2).
The central coast hosts UC Irvine and UC Davis on Thursday with the Mustangs battling the Anteaters and the Gauchos facing the Aggies. On Saturday, The Aggies head to Titan Gym to take on Cal State Fullerton at 3:00 p.m. live on ESPN3. Other action that day is UC Riverside hosting UC Irvine and the central coast teams squaring off, with both matches starting at 7:00 p.m.
Following a stretch of 14 road contests to opening the 2016 season, UC Riverside is finally playing its first home contest of the season this Thursday when the Highlanders entertain Long Beach State. The matchup versus Long Beach State kicks off a four-game homestand for the Highlanders.
Big West student-athletes aren’t only passionate when it comes to performing on the field or in the classroom, but also when it comes to the community. The Big West Conference takes action throughout the year to support Breast Cancer Awareness and will host a slew of Think Pink games
this fall. Check out one of the following games for a chance to receive a #BigWestCares wristband featured below!
10/14 UC Riverside
10/15 Cal State Fullerton
10/15 Long Beach State
10/21 UC Santa Barbara
10/22 UC Irvine
Ennis, Hoffman Shine For UCSB With Career Nights:
Led by Rown Ennis’s career night, the UCSB women’s volleyball team took its first road win in conference play with a 3-1 decision over CSUN. The freshman middle blocker finished with career-highs of 17 kills and a .448 hitting percentage. The following night against Long Beach State, Chanel Hoffman recorded a career-high 19 kills.
Can You Dig It:
UC Riverside libero Maddie Hubbell has tallied 1,486 scoops during her tenure as a Highlander. The senior needs just 71 more digs this season to surpass Sheryl Benson (1984, 86, 88-89) for the top spot in UCR’s record book.
Despite not having one player ranked in the top three in the Big West, UC Santa Barbara continues to have a collective effort to lead the league in blocks with an average of 2.65. The last time the Gauchos ended the season pacing the Big West in blocks was 2004.
Kekauoha Notches Triple-Double Opening Weekend:
In UC Irvine’s 3-2 loss to Marquette opening weekend, sophomore Harlee Kekauoha recorded a triple-double with 15 kills, 19 assists and 14 digs.
Hawai’i Picked To Repeat As Conference Champion:
The University of Hawai’i has been unanimously selected to repeat as the Big West Conference women’s volleyball champion, according to the Big West women’s volleyball preseason coaches poll as voted on by the nine head coaches. The Rainbow Wahine, who reclaimed the title last season with a perfect 16-0 mark, captured all nine first-place votes en route to a perfect 81-point total.
Long Beach State secured the second slot after securing 68 points and earning the third spot with a point total of 66 was Cal Poly. The Anteaters of UC Irvine ranked fourth with 47 points and is followed by UC Davis after tallying 44 points. UC Santa Barbara, who welcomes the No. 24 recruiting class in the nation, according to PrepVolleyball.com, nabbed the sixth slot after registering 39 points. CSUN holds the seventh spot with 29 points and UC Riverside locked-in the eighth position after grabbing 20 points. Rounding out the nine-team field is Cal State Fullerton with 11 points.
Gauchos Welcome Top Recruiting Class:
In 2016, the UCSB women’s volleyball team will be joined by the No. 24 recruiting class in the nation, according to PrepVolleyball.com. This is the program’s third appearance on the list in four years and its fourth ever top-30 selection, including last year’s school record No. 18 ranking.
Big West Live:
A showdown between longtime women’s volleyball rivals Hawai‘i and Long Beach State kicks off Prime Ticket’s 2016-17 coverage of Big West sports. The first of 20 televised events on the network, UH and LBSU will battle on Saturday, October 8 at 8:00 p.m. (PT) inside the Walter Pyramid.
ESPNU is set to televise the Hawai‘i at UC Riverside women’s volleyball match Friday, October 28 at 8:00 p.m. (PT) inside the SRC Arena, which was updated with a newly designed floor over the summer.
The Big West Conference also announced that 11 women’s volleyball events will appear on its fall ESPN3 schedule. Below is a list of the remaining matches available on ESPN3 this season.
Oct. 6 Hawai’i at CSUN
Oct. 8 UC Davis at Cal State Fullerton
Oct. 14 UC Santa Barbara at UC Riverside
Oct. 15 Cal Poly at UC Riverside
Oct. 28 UC Davis at CSUN
Oct. 29 UC Davis at Long Beach State
Nov. 3 Cal Poly at UC Irvine
Nov. 5 UC Santa Barbara at UC Irvine
Nov. 10 Hawai’i at UC Irvine
UC Davis’ Quinn Returns “Home”:
Katie Quinn, a two-time All-Big West Conference honoree and one of UC Davis’ all-time leading blockers, returns to her alma mater to serve as an assistant women’s volleyball coach, announced UCD head coach Dan Conners. Quinn will be involved in all aspects of the program, including that of recruiting coordinator, while her on-court focus will be with the Aggie middles.