Hawaii Produces Clean Sweep In Women's Volleyball Awards
A trio of Hawai‘i players captured this week’s women’s volleyball awards for their roles in a conference road sweep.
All-Around Effort Gives Taylor Honor
Senior Nikki Taylor (Honolulu, Hawai‘i/Kaiser HS) helped Hawai‘i roll to a pair of road sweeps with strong all-around play as he claimed her second Big West Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week award this season.
The 6-4 opposite averaged 4.50 kills, 1.83 digs, 1.50 blocks and 0.33 service aces per set to spur UH past UC Irvine and UC Davis. She swung at a .440 clip with 27 kills and just five errors in 50 attempts as the Rainbow Wahine improved to 20-5 overall and 13-1 in the Big West.
Taylor was efficient against the Anteaters, swinging at a .733 clip with 11 kills and no errors in 15 attempts. She nearly posted a double-double with nine digs. Taylor also rejected several attempts at the net as she finished with seven block assists (2.33 blocks per set).
Against the Aggies, Taylor pounded 16 kills and hit .314 overall with five errors in 35 swings. She also contributed three assists, two digs and two blocks. Taylor had a service ace in each match this week.
For the season, Taylor is averaging career-highs in kills per set (4.53), service aces per set (0.60), digs per set (2.33) and blocks per set (1.21). During the UCI match, she became just the 12th player in Rainbow Wahine history to reach the 1,300 career kill mark. She now has 1,317 kills.
Others nominated: Taylor Gruenewald (Cal Poly); Nele Barber (Long Beach State); Aima Eichie (UC Davis); Cristina Maietta (UC Riverside)
Maglio A Stalwart At The Net
A team-high in total blocks from Hawai‘i junior Emily Maglio (Coquitlam, B.C., Canada/Pinetree HS) delivered Big West Women’s Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week honors.
The 6-3 middle hitter tallied 12 blocks combined in road wins against UC Irvine and UC Davis – 2.00 blocks per set. Maglio, the Big West leader in total blocks and blocks per set, tied her career high with nine blocks against the Anteaters. She notched one block in the first set, and then went on a blocking barrage with four apiece in the second and third frames.
Maglio collected three more blocks versus the Aggies, including a solo stuff.
She also provided offense with 12 kills on .435 hitting, committing just two errors in 23 attempts. Maglio also had three digs in each match.
Others nominated: Katherine Brouker (Cal Poly); Malia Bolko (UC Davis); Maddie Hubbell (UC Riverside); Emilia Petrachi (UC Santa Barbara)
Iosia Earns Freshman Honor
Running the offense with precision, Hawai‘i setter Norene Iosia (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union HS) earned Big West Women’s Volleyball Freshman Player of the Week honors.
Iosia averaged 10.17 assists and 3.83 digs per set to help the Rainbow Wahine sweep UC Irvine and UC Davis on the road.
She collected 28 assists and 11 digs against the Anteaters for the double-double. Iosia set her teammates up for success as the squad hit .383 (40-6-89) for the match.
Iosia tallied 33 assists in the UC Davis match, adding 12 digs for her team-leading 10th double-double. She also recorded a service ace and a block. Seven different Rainbow Wahine got into the kill column with Iosia spreading the ball around. UH hit .261 for the contest.
Others nominated: Mickayla Sherman (UC Riverside); Lindsey Ruddins (UC Santa Barbara)