Big West Women's Volleyball Release - Week 9
Big West Tid Bits
Big West At A Glance:
A sweep over CSUN last week kept league-leading Long Beach State’s perfect Big West record intact at 7-0 as the league approaches the second half of conference play. Defending conference champion Hawai’i sits second with a 7-1 mark. Cal Poly is third at 5-2 and is followed by UC Santa Barbara (3-4) and UC Davis and CSUN, who are knotted if fifth at 2-4. UC Irvine is seventh with a 2-5 record, while UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton are knotted in eighth at 1-5.
Hawai’i paces the Big West Conference in hitting percentage (.260), opponent hitting percentage (.164) and blocks (2.71). The Mustangs of Cal Poly own the top spot in two categories - assists and kills - with averages of 13.36 APS and 14.03 KPS. UC Santa Barbara’s 1.54 service ace average earns it the top spot while UC Riverside continues to dominate on defense with a 16.13 digs per set average.
Career Night For Sherman Give UCR First Conference win:
UC Riverside freshman Mickayla Sherman had a career-high 26 kills in leading the Highlanders past UC Santa Barbara, 3-1, for their first Big West conference victory of the season. The last conference win for UCR came in the 2015 season at the SRC Arena on November 14, also against UC Santa Barbara. Her 26 kills also matched the team-high set by Fabiana Rosas in the second match of the season against Southern Utah, also a 3-1 victory.
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 remaining matches for a chance to receive a #BigWestCares wristband featured below!
10/21 UC Santa Barbara
10/22 UC Irvine
Can You Dig It:
UC Riverside libero Maddie Hubbell has tallied 1,541 scoops during her tenure as a Highlander. The senior needs just 16 more digs this season to surpass Sheryl Benson (1984, 86, 88-89) for the top spot in UCR’s record book. Hubbell is currently averaging 4.15 digs per set in 2016.
Climbing The Charts:
Nikki Taylor is closing in on No. 12 on Hawai’i’s career kill list with 1,259 total kills. She now needs just seven kills to tie former UH All-American Diana Jessie (1984-87) who currently holds No. 12 with 1,266 career kills. With a season average of 4.87 kills per set, Taylor currently paces the Big West Conference and ranks seventh nationally. The quest to eclipse the Top 10 will have to wait as the Rainbow Wahine are idle this week.
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. 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.