Big West Volleyball Release - Week 11
BIG WEST TID BITS
Top Teams Face Off:
Defending Big West champion No. 15 Hawai’i and Long Beach State are knotted in first place with a 9-1 mark. The two teams square off Friday, November 4 at 10 pm (PT) at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i. The Rainbow Wahine are seeking revenge on the 49ers, who grabbed a 3-2 victory back on Oct. 8 on their home court.
In The Standings:
While Hawai’i and Long Beach State are tied for first with a 9-1 mark, Cal Poly owns the third spot at 6-4. Three teams - UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis and UC Irvine - are log-jammed in fourth place with a 5-5 record. The Matadors of CSUN sit seventh at 3-7 and UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton are knotted in eighth with a record of 1-8.
The Rainbow Wahine are atop the Big West in four different categories. Nikki Taylor is hitting 4.77 while logging .58 aces per set to own the top spot in both categories. Her teammate, Emily Maglio, is tallying a league-high 1.38 blocks per set and is tied for first with UC Santa Barbara’s Phoebe Grunt in hitting percentage with a .384 clip. The only two categories where you won’t find Hawai’i in the No. 1 spot are assists and digs. Gaucho Emilia Petrachi owns 4.62 digs per set and Cal Poly’s Taylor Nelson is sporting 11.54 assists per set.
Hubbell Set UCR Career Mark:
On Thursday, Oct. 20, senior libero Maddie Hubbell logged 17 digs to reach 1,558 for her career to 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 currently sits at 1,589, just 95 scoops away from eclipsing the Big West’s Top 10.
Climbing The Charts:
Nikki Taylor is tied for 11th place, with former UH standout Emily Hartong, in Hawai’i’s career kill list with 1,277 total kills. To crack the top 10, Taylor needs to surpass Deitre Collins (1980-83), who registered 1,385 kills. With a season average of 4.77 kills per set, Taylor currently paces the Big West Conference and ranks seventh nationally.
Eichie’s Standout Performance:
UC Davis players continue to have personal best performances and this time it was senior middle blocker Aima Eichie, who tallied a career-high 10 blocks and posted 10 kills for her first career double-double. Her efforts guided the Aggies to a 3-1 victory over CSUN.
Long Beach State At UC Irvine Volleyball Match To Be Replayed:
Due to a protest upheld by the NCAA, the September 24 Long Beach State at UC Irvine women’s volleyball match has been ruled a no-contest. The NCAA has ruled that the match is to be replayed from the point of the protest, which occurred in the second set. The protest was the result of a misapplication of a player substitution rule against UC Irvine. The rescheduling date for the resumption of the contest has yet to be determined by the two institutions.
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 televised 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.
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.