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Hawai'i In Driver's Seat For Defending Big West Title


Big West Women's Volleyball Release - Week 13

Big West Tid Bits

In The Standings:
As we enter the final two weeks of play, Hawai’i continues to control its own destiny as it is perched atop the Big West standings with a 13-1 mark.   The Rainbow Wahine host UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly this week to wrap-up conference play.

Long Beach State, the only Big West team to hand Hawai’i a loss, is currently in second place with an 11-2 record and is following closely behind is Cal Poly (10-4).  The Gauchos of UC Santa Barbara sit fourth at 8-6, UC Davis (6-8) is fifth and UC Irvine holds the sixth spot at 5-8. CSUN owns a 5-9 mark for the seventh spot with UC Riverside (3-11) eighth and Cal State Fullerton (1-13) ninth.

Team Stats:
A Hawai’i duo controls the top spot in four of the six statistical categories in the Big West Conference.  Emily Maglio owns the top spot in hitting percentage (.399) and blocks (1.40 BPS), while Nikki Taylor paces the league with a 4.53 kills per set average and .60 service  ace average.  Cal Poly’s Taylor Nelson is sporting a conference-high 11.66 assists per set and UC Santa Barbara’s Emilia Patrachi is first in the digs category with a  4.60 scoop average.

Black And Blue Match Resumes This Week:
The protested Long Beach State at UC Irvine women’s volleyball match from September 24, has been re-scheduled for 7:00 p.m. this Tuesday, November 15, at UC Irvine’s Bren Center.  The match will resume with UC Irvine leading one set to none and serving in the second set with the score UCI-20, LBSU-18.

Shoji’s Countdown To 1200:
Sweeps over Long Beach State and CSUN last week extended Hawai’i’s win streak to eight and increased head coach Dave Shoji’s career win record to 1,199.  He needs just one more victory to become just the second Division I head coach, with a minimum of 10 years as a DI coach, to tally 1,200 career victories.  The only other coach to reach the milestone is Penn State’s Russ Rose, who achieved the mark earlier this year.

Highlanders Capture Series Victory:
Saturday night UC Riverside captured a five-set win over UC Santa Barbara, completing the Highlanders’ first-ever sweep of the Gauchos.  UC Riverside downed UC Santa Barbara, 3-1, back on October 14 to pick up its first win.

The Big 2-0:
With a sweep over UC Davis Saturday evening, Hawai’i recorded its 20th win in a season for the 38th time in program history--including the last 24 straight.  The victory also extended UH’s win streak to a season-high eight matches and the Rainbow Wahine have now won 22-straight sets.

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 1,663, just 21 scoops away from eclipsing the Big West’s Top 10.    Cal Poly’s Michelle Hansen and San Diego State’s Jackie Mendez are currently knotted in ninth with 1,683 digs with LBSU’s Heather Laudato just three digs ahead (1,686) in eighth.

Climbing The Charts:
Nikki Taylor sits in 11th place in Hawai’i’s career kill list with 1,317 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 4.53 kills per set, Taylor currently paces the Big West Conference and ranks 15th nationally. 

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.

NCAA Selection Show:
The field of 64 teams for the 2016 NCAA Volleyball Tournament will be unveiled on ESPNU at 6:00 p.m. (Pacific) on Sunday, Nov. 27.  The first and second round host sites will also be announced during the selection show.  Regionals will be held at four non-predetermined campus sites with the four winners advancing to the DI Women’s Volleyball Championship at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, December 15 & 17.  The national semifinals will be held December 15 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m (ESPN2). The national championship will take place December 17 at 9 p.m. (ESPN2).

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.

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.