Cal Poly Paces Conference With Perfect Record
BIG WEST TID BITS
In The Standings: The 23rd-ranked Cal Poly Mustangs lead the Big West Conference with a perfect 11-0 mark and are followed by defending champion Hawaii, who owns a 10-2 record. UC Irvine holds the third spot with a 7-3 record and UC Santa Barbara rounds out the top four with a 5-5 mark.
CSUNs Owens Reaches Milestone: Last week junior Aeryn Owens, who is one of the top hitters in the country this season, added 34 kills to her career total to bump her past the 1,000-kill mark. With 1,022 kills, she becomes the 13th player in CSUN history with 1,000 kills and currently sits 11th.
Around The Big West: Cal Poly tops the Big West in kills per set (15.30), hitting percentage (.314) and assists (14.29). Hawaii tops the conference in blocks with a 2.51 average and opponent hitting percentage with a .168 clip. UC Riverside leads the way in digs (16.81 DPS) and the Anteaters of UC Irvine are dominating at the service line as they sport a 1.64A service ace average.
Home Sweet Home: League-leading Cal Poly is owns a perfect 5-0 record at Mott Athletic Center so far this season, which includes a 3-2 victory over Hawaii in the Mustangs first sellout crowd since 2006. The Mustangs play the next three matches at home, including hosting central coast foe UC Santa Barbara in the Blue and Green Rivalry this weekend. Cal Poly snapped UC Irvines perfect home record last week as the Anteaters dropped to 8-1 at the Bren Center.
Streaking Aggies: UC Davis kicked off conference play dropping four straight contests, but have since won five of their last seven matches for a 5-6 Big West mark to sit fifth. Up next for the Aggies are two home matches against Cal State Fullerton (11/2) and UC Riverside (11/4), two teams they defeated earlier this year.
Mustangs Extend Win Streak For Best Program Start: Cal Poly, who enters the week riding a 16-match win streak, improved to 21-2 on the season last week, marking the best start in school history. The Mustangs arent just winning these matches, they are dominating as they have swept 16 of their opponents this season. The Mustangs two losses this year were against Top 25 opponents - No. 8 Washington and No. 14 Oregon.
Hawaii Getting Extra Playing Time In 2017: A littler more than halfway through conference play and four of Hawaiis 10 matches took five sets to crown a winner, with UH winning two of the four matches. Last year the Rainbow Wahine only played one marathon conference match, which was a 3-2 loss to Long Beach State on October 8.
The Big 2-0: With a sweep over UC Irvine last Tuesday, Ca Poly captured its 20th win of the season, marking the first time since 2010 that the Mustangs eclipsed the 20-win threshold. UC Irvine is just one win away from reaching 20 wins for the first time since 2009.
Titans Snap Losing Skid: Cal State Fullerton snapped a 12-match losing streak with a 3-1 win over UC Riverside last week. The victory also handed the Titans their first conference win of the season.
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 4.68 and 3.62. 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 conferences top 10 in hitting percentage (.336), while Adlee ranks sixth in service aces (.34 APS).
New Head Coaches: The 2017 womens volleyball season will be missing two legendary coaches at the helm of their respective programs as Hawaiis Dave Shoji and Long Beach States 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.
Hawaii Tabbed To Claim 2017 Title: The University of Hawaii was selected to capture its third straight Big West Conference womens 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 womens 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 womens volleyball matches will be streamed via ESPN3. ESPN3 is ESPNs 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 womens volleyball showdown between Hawaii 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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