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Women's Volleyball

LBSU Remains Perfect In Big West Play


Big West Women's Volleyball Release - Week 8

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Big West At A Glance:
In front of 3,212 fans, the largest volleyball attendance at The Pyramid since 2001, Long Beach State defeated defending Big West Champion Hawai’i, 3-2, to take over the top spot in the Big West standings with a perfect 6-0 mark.  The win also snapped the Rainbow Wahine 26 consecutive conference win streak and 15th-straight Big West road victories streak. Hawai’i dropped to 5-1 and now holds the second spot in the standings, while Cal Poly sits third with a 3-2 league record. There is a three-way tie for fourth place at 2-3 between UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis and CSUN.  UC Irvine owns a 2-4 record and is by Cal State Fullerton (1-3) and UC Riverside (0-4).

Statistically Speaking:
Hawai’i’s Nikki Taylor paces the Big West in both kills (4.98 KPS) and service aces (.62) and UC Davis’ Aima Eichie holds the top spot in hitting percentage with a .447 clip.  Taylor and teammate Emily Maglio rank first and third in the league in block average.  Maglio leads the way with a 1.33 average and Taylor is sporting the third-best mark of 1.27.  Defensively Emilia Petrachi, from UC Santa Barbara, is averaging 4.54 scoops per set to control the digs category.

Career Performances Lift UC Davis To Victory Over Cal State Fullerton:
In UC Davis’ 3-1 victory over Cal State Fullerton last week, freshman outside hitter Lauren Matias posted a career-high 34 kills, sophomore libero Malia Bolko amassed a personal-best 31 digs, and junior middle blocker Aima Eichie compiled a career-best .708 hitting average.

Think Pink:
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
10/28  CSUN

Can You Dig It:
UC Riverside libero Maddie Hubbell has tallied 1,513 scoops during her tenure as a Highlander.  The senior needs just 44 more digs this season to surpass Sheryl Benson (1984, 86, 88-89) for the top spot in UCR’s record book.

Climbing The Kills Ladder:
Hawai’i’s Nikki Taylor recorded double-digit kills in both contests last week, bringing her career total to 1,230 as she eclipsed the top 15 on UH’s all-time career kills record list. She is just the 15th player in Rainbow Wahine history to record over 1,200 career kills.

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 kicked off Prime Ticket’s 2016-17 coverage of Big West sports.  The first of 20 televised events on the network, UH and LBSU battled 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. 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.

Big West In Rio:
A total of 26 Big West Conference athletes, coaches and staff represented nine different nations in fifteen different sports at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Included in the mix was former CSUN volleyball player Lynda Morales.  The former Matador and her teammates from the Puerto Rico National Team participated in the Olympic Games for the first time this summer in Rio.