Conference Play Begins With Top 10 Showdown
Big West Conference Weekly Release No. 7
Conference play begins this weekend with a top 10 matchup between eighth-ranked UC Irvine and fifth-ranked Hawai'i. The Rainbow Wahine enter the matchup against the defending conference champions with the league's best mark at 11-2.
AROUND THE BIG WEST
KLATT CLOSING IN
UC Irvine coach Dan Klatt, the winningest coach in league history, is closing in on another major milestone. One more victory gives Klatt 200 for his career, making him the first coach in league history to attain the feat.
COLE NEARING MILESTONE
Hawai’i head coach Maureen Cole is also on the verge of a milestone as one more win will give her 100 for her career. An interesting scenario is set up for Friday as Cole is going after No. 100 while the ‘Bows opponent UC Irvine has head coach Dan Klatt going for win No. 200.
‘BOWS SHOW THEIR METTLE
The Barbara Kalbus Invitational was an opportunity to take on some of the top teams in the country and fifth-ranked Hawai’i didn’t disappoint. UH went 3-1 in the tourney, dropping #14 San Diego State, #10 Pacific and #6 Arizona State. The lone loss for Hawai’i came against #4 UCLA, by a 9-8 score. The successful tournament run pushed the Rainbow Wahine to a league-best 11-2 record.
AGGIES WEARING OUT THE GOAL
The UC Davis offense was at it again last weekend, scoring 61 goals in four matches at the SCU Invitational. The Aggies scored 20+ goals in back-to-back games to wrap up the tourney, putting away 22 against Sonoma State and and 24 against Redlands.
The current rankings haven’t changed too much for Big West clubs but all six remain ranked in the top 25, with two in the top 10. Hawai’i leads the way at #5 with UC Irvine is #8. UC Davis sits at #13, UC Santa Barbara is #16, Long Beach State #17 and CSUN sits at #19.
Nine players who earned either first or second team All-Big West honors return to the fold in 2018, five of those being first team honorees.