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Women's Volleyball

Ahuna's Record Breaking Effort Heads List of Women's Volleyball Honorees

8/27/2018

KAIULANI AHUNA, UC RIVERSIDE – PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior • OH • Hilo, Hawai‘i • Kamehameha Schools

• Kaiulani Ahuna enjoyed a monster week as she broke two school records while helping UC Riverside to a 2-1 record at the Fullerton-UCR Classic.

• The senior outside hitter totaled 80 kills over the three matches, a 6.67 kills per set average, and hit .364.

• Ahuna broke the program record for kills in the rally scoring era, tallying 30 in a four-set win over Montana.  She swung at a .462 (30-6-52) clip and added 14 digs for a double-double.

• Ahuna bettered that effort with 33 kills in a five-set loss to Eastern Washington.  The output broke the school’s Division I record.  She finished the contest hitting .316 (33-9-76) and scooped up a career-high 23 digs.

• She also powered the Highlanders to a sweep of Massachusetts-Lowell with 17 kills on .333 efficiency to go along with two blocks.

Others nominated: Torrey Van Winden (Cal Poly); Madeline Schneider (Cal State Fullerton); Aeryn Owens (CSUN); Hailey Harward (Long Beach State); Emily Allen (UC Davis); Loryn Carter (UC Irvine); Lindsey Ruddins (UC Santa Barbara)

OLIVIA LOVENBERG, UC SANTA BARBARA – FRESHMAN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
S • San Diego, Calif. • Canyon Crest Academy

➜ Opening her collegiate career at the Miami Invitational, setter Olivia Lovenberg averaged 9.46 assists per set as UC Santa Barbara finished 2-1 overall.

➜ Lovenberg tallied a pair of double-doubles as the Gauchos knocked off host Miami (Ohio) in five sets and swept St. Louis.  The Gauchos also fell in five sets to Cincinnati.

➜ Against the Bearcats, Lovenberg dished out 37 assists and had 10 digs for her first career double-double.  She returned against the host Redhawks for 51 assists and 11 digs, adding a pair of blocks.

➜ Lovenberg handed out 35 assists (11.67 apg) in the sweep of the Billikens.  She also had three digs and a block solo.

Others nominated: Avalon DeNecochea (Cal Poly); Haley Carmo (Cal State Fullerton); Lexi McLeod (CSUN); Kashauna Williams (Long Beach State); Josie Ough (UC Davis); Abby Marjama (UC Irvine); Marissa Holt (UC Riverside)

MALIA BOLKO, UC DAVIS – DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior • L/DS • Benicia, Calif. • St. Patrick-St. Vincent HS

➜ Malia Bolko tallied 86 digs over four contests as the UC Davis libero collected her seventh career Defensive Player of the Week award.

➜ She helped the Aggies to a 3-1 record while earning all-tournament honors at the team’s own Aggie Invitational.  Bolko posted a team- and tournament-best 6.62 digs per set.

➜ Bolko’s 37 digs against Northern Arizona ranked No. 3 in school history – and the highest total in the program’s Division I era, which spans back to 2007.

➜ Bolko had double-digit scoops in all four matches, including wins against Utah Valley (13), Holy Cross (21) and Nevada (15).  She also dished out 23 assists for a 1.77 average.

Others nominated: Katherine Brouker (Cal Poly); Savahna Costello (Cal State Fullerton); Carly Hill (Long Beach State); Makayla Wolfe (UC Irvine); Chelsea Doyle (UC Riverside); Emilia Petrachi (UC Santa Barbara)





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