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Rivals Square Off; UH-UCR Matchup On ESPNU


Big West Women's Volleyball Release - Week 10

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Big West At A Glance:
Long Beach State survived a five-set battle with UC Santa Barbara and downed Cal Poly, 3-1,  to maintain its perfect Big West Conference record at 9-0.  Hawai’i, who was idle last week, sits in second with a 7-1 mark.  The Mustangs are third at 6-3 and UC Davis has an even 4-4 to hold the fourth spot.  UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara are knotted in fifth with a 4-5 record while CSUN sits in seventh with a 2-6 mark. Rounding out the nine team field are Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside, who are tied with a 1-7 conference record.

Statistically Speaking:
UC Santa Barbara’s Phoebe Grunt and Hawai’i’s Emily Maglio are hitting .378 on the season to pace the Big West Conference.  Maglio also owns the league’s top spot in blocks with a 1.33 average.   Her teammate, Nikki Taylor, ranks No. 1 in the Big West in both kills (4.87) and service aces (.56). 

In conference-only contests, UC Irvine can be seen in two spot spots with Idara Akpakpa hitting a league-best .414 and Harlee Kekauoha posting a .53 service ace average.  Taylor still holds the top spot in kills (4.36 KPS) and leapfrogs her teammate for the top spot in blocks with a 1.68 average.  UC Santa Barbara is dominating the dig category   with a 4.59 average.

Hubbell Set UCR Career Mark:
On Thursday, Oct. 20, senior libero Maddie Hubbell logged 17 digs to reach 1,558 for her career, and become UCR Volleyball’s all-time digs leader.  She surpassed UCR Athletics Hall of Famer and Two-Time All American Sheryl Benson-Rawlins’ mark of 1,556 (1984, 86, 88-89).  Hubbell notched 13 more on Saturday to bump her total to 1,571.  She needs 113 more scoops to eclipse the Top 10 in the Big West Conference annals.

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.

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 the remaining match for a chance to receive a #BigWestCares wristband featured below!

10/28  CSUN

UC Davis’ Walbrecht Notches Career Best Total:
Senior outside hitter Kendall Walbrecht pounded out a career-high 22 kills in UC Davis’ 3-1 victory over Cal State Fullerton. Walbrecht’s 22 kills exceeded her previous best of 19, set at home against UC Riverside last season.  She is currently averaging 3.09 kills per set to rank second on the  Aggies’ squad.

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.