UCI, CP Put Undefeated Home Records On The Line
Big West Women's Volleyball Release - Week 9
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Simply Perfection: The Cal Poly Mustangs, riding a 12-match win streak, took care of business against central coast foe UC Santa Barbara last week, 3-1, to keep their perfect Big West record intact at 7-0. Off to their best start in 32 years, the Mustangs return home to host CSUN (4-3) and Long Beach State (2-5) this weekend at the Mott Athletic Center.
Around The Big West: Cal Poly tops the Big West in kills per set (15.27), hitting percentage (.308) and assists (14.13). Hawai’i tops the conference in blocks with a 2.57 average and opponent hitting percentage with a .171 clip. UC Riverside leads the way in digs (16.65 DPS) and the Anteaters of UC Irvine are dominating at the service line as they sport a 1.72 service ace average.
Cal Poly Climbs In Poll: A week after cracking the AVCA National Top 25 for the first time since 2008, the Cal Poly volleyball team has moved up one spot to 23rd in the latest poll. Prior to this season, the last time they were ranked inside the top 25 was week six of the 2008 season when they were No. 22 in the country.
Home Sweet Home: UC Irvine, riding a five-match win streak, swept UC Riverside Saturday evening at the Bren Center to improve to 7-0 at home this season. This is a vast improvement for the Anteaters, who tallied a 5-6 mark in front of their hometown fans a season ago. The Anteaters but their undefeated record on the line Saturday, October 21 when they entertain UC Davis at 2:00 p.m.
League-leading Cal Poly is also perfect at home, but have only played two contests at Mott Athletic Center so far this season. The Mustangs return home this week following a four-match roadtrip to host CSUN and Long Beach State this weekend.
Aggies Find Success: UC Davis picked up a pair of wins last week against UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton to extend its win streak to three. The Aggies look to carry that momentum into the week ahead where they host UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday before visiting UC Irvine, who is perfect at home this season, on Saturday. The Anteaters downed the Aggies in a five-set marathon at The Pavilion back on September 29.
Mustangs Extend Win Streak, And Best Program Start In Over 30 Years: Cal Poly, who enters the week riding a 11-match win streak, improved to 17-2 on the season last week, its best start since the 1985 team started 18-1. The Mustangs aren’t just winning these matches, they are dominating as they have swept 13 of their opponents this season. The Mustangs’ two losses this year were against Top 25 opponents - No. 8 Washington and No. 14 Oregon.
Hawai’i Getting Extra Playing Time In 2017: Halfway through conference play and three of Hawai’i’s eight matches took five sets to crown a winner, with UH winning two of the three matches. Its lone five-set loss was to league-leading Cal Poly. Last year the Rainbow Wahine only played one marathon conference match, which was a 3-2 loss to Long Beach State on October 8.
Sister Power: The Van Winden sisters, Torrey, a sophomore transfer, and Adlee, who is a junior, are leading the Mustangs at the net as they pace the team and sit second and fifth in the Big West with kill averages of 4.75 and 3.78. Both have already earned Big West Player of the Weeks nods with Adlee earning the first of the season and Torrey collecting back-to-back accolades the following two weeks. Torrey also sits fifth in the conference’s top 10 in hitting percentage (.349), while Adlee is ranks fifth in service aces (.37 APS).
New Head Coaches: The 2017 women’s volleyball season will be missing two legendary coaches at the helm of their respective programs as Hawai’i’s Dave Shoji and Long Beach State’s Brian Gimmillaro both retired in the offseason. Between the two, there was 74 years of coaching experience as Shoji led the Rainbow Wahine for 42 years and Gimmillaro guided the Beach for 32.
Hawai’i Tabbed To Claim 2017 Title: The University of Hawai’i was selected to capture its third straight Big West Conference women’s volleyball championship, and fifth out of the past six years, after claiming six first-place votes en route to a 78 point total as part of the Big West women’s volleyball preseason coaches poll as voted on by the nine head coaches. The Mustangs of Cal Poly, nabbing two first place votes and 71 total points, earned the second slot in the preseason poll. Securing the third place spot with one first place vote and a total of 65 point was Long Beach State. The Gauchos of UC Santa Barbara sit fourth with 47 points and is followed by UC Irvine after registering 41 points. UC Davis nabbed the sixth slot after collecting 39 points and is followed by CSUN, who holds the seventh spot with 33 points. UC Riverside locked-in the eighth position after grabbing 19 points and Cal State Fullerton rounds out the nine-team field with 10 points.
Big West Volleyball On ESPN3: The Big West Conference announced that nine women’s volleyball matches will be streamed via ESPN3. ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually. It is accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected streaming devices through the ESPN app. The network is currently available nationwide at no additional cost who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. It is also available at no cost to U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks.
UH-UCI Clash On FOX Prime Ticket: Prime Ticket will televise a women’s volleyball showdown between Hawai‘i and UC Irvine from the Bren Events Center on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 8:00 p.m. (PT). In addition to telecast coverage on Prime Ticket and FOX Sports West, all games on the regional sports network will also be available on FOX Sports GO.
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