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This Week in the Big West - September 2-8, 2013
Up Next For Cal Poly: The Mustangs of Cal Poly continue their season-opening, 13-match road trip this weekend when they visit Sacramento State for the Sacramento State Invitational. Cal Poly opens with Central Connecticut State on Friday and then battles San Jose State and the Hornets on Saturday.
Mustang Heroes: Sophomore Hannah Schleis tallied a career-high 20 kills in the Mustangs 3-2 victory over the Baylor Bears. Senior Megan McConnell also shined against the Bears after posting her second double-double of the season with 15 kills and 12 digs.
A Glimpse Of Opening Weekend: Cal Poly opened the 2013 season with a 1-2 mark at the Colorado State/Northern Colorado Tournament. The Mustangs defeated Baylor, 3-2, but fell to both host schools - Colorado State and Northern Colorado.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Home Sweet Home: After opening the 2013 season at the UNLV Invitational, Cal State Fullerton returns to the familiar confines of Titan Gym to host the Fullerton Classic presented by the Holiday Inn of La Mirada. The Titans are scheduled to host Kent State and William & Mary on Friday and Gardner-Webb and Wake Forest on Saturday.
Consani Produces Career Best Performance: In the Titans’ second match of the UNLV Invitational against Kansas State, junior setter Julie Consani matched a career high with 54 assists.
Weekend Standouts: After the first weekend of competition, freshman Mallory Waggoner paced the Titans with a .319 hitting percentage, while averaging 2.8 points per set. Senior Alyse Hensley recorded a team-best 36.5 points for a 3.3 points per set average.
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
Simply Perfection: Cal State Northridge continued where it left off last season, winning three straight contests. The Matadors swept Santa Clara before defeating both Rice and host Fresno State by a score of 3-2 to claim the Bulldog Invitational title. The Matadors are one of only two Big West schools to remain perfect after the first week of action.
Tournament Honors: Following a successful trip to Fresno, Natalie Allen walked away with tournament most valuable player honors. Teammates sophomore Cieana Stinson and junior Casey Hinger also nabbed spots on the all-tournament team.
Stork Inches Towards Milestone: Following an impressive 3-0 start to the 2013 season, Matador Head Coach Jeff Stork is within three wins of 150 victories during his time at Cal State Northridge. Over the course of 12 years, Stork has tallied a 147-178 record.
LONG BEACH STATE
Okpala Shines In Season Opener: Chisom Okpala tallied a .409 hitting percentage in Long Beach State’s opening weekend, ranking her third in the Big West Conference. Versus No. 18 Florida State, the junior middle blocker connected for 10 kills on a .500 hitting performance.
Top Teams Proved Too Tough: Long Beach State opened 2013 with a 3-1 win over Illinois, who was receiving votes in the AVCA preseason poll. Unfortunately the success didn’t continue as LBSU fell to both No. 18 Florida State (3-2) and No. 17 Kentucky (3-0). Despite a 1-2 start, the 49ers maintained their spot in the receiving votes category in this week’s AVCA poll.
Aigner-Swesey Named To All-Tournament Team: Delainey Aigner-Swesey was named to the Long Beach State Mizuno Invitational All-Tournament Team after leading the 49ers with a 3.50 kills per set average.
Tournament Action Continues: UC Davis is competing in its second straight out-of-state tournament this weekend as the Aggies travel to Nevada for the Wolfpack Invitational. The three-day event features host Nevada, Weber State, Grand Canyon and Illinois State.
Squyres Earns All-Tournament Honors: Kaylin Squyres averaged 3.85 kills per set during the Tiger Classic last weekend, earning a spot on the all-tournament team.
Struggles In the Bayou: The Aggies struggled in their opening weekend tournament in Baton Rouge, La., registering a 0-3 mark. UC Davis did put up a tough fight, dropping a five-set battle to San Diego State and winning a set against both LSU and UTSA.
Undefeated Weekend: The UC Irvine Anteaters got out to a strong start, posting a 3-0 mark in their season opening tournament - Pioneer Classic. UC Irvine, who opened the season with a 3-0 mark for the first time since 2009, swept Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for their first victory and then downed both Air Force and Denver by scores of 3-2. The Anteaters were one of two Big West teams to maintain an unblemished record after the first weekend of competition, Cal State Northridge being the other.
Feeling The Love: Aly Squires, Marisa Bubica and Allison Lee all earned a spot on the Pioneer Classic All-Tournament Team following their performances in the Mile High City. Squires picked up most valuable player honors after leading the team with a 3.00 kill average.
Up Next: The Anteaters are heading to the midwest for the CSU Invitational hosted by Cleveland State. UC Irvine opens with IPFW before tackling High Point and Cleveland State.
On The Road Again: UC Riverside continues its conference-long, 13-match road trip with a visit to New Mexico for the Sheraton Airport Lobo Classic where the Highlanders are slated to tackle the Lobos, along with Georgia Tech and Idaho State.
Cox Earns All-Tournament Honors: Ashley Cox poured in 22 kills for the Highlanders against Weber State and added another team-high 16 kills against Seattle. She averaged 4.3 points per set over the course of the weekend while hitting .216. For her efforts at the Wildcat Invitational she was named to the all-tournament team.
UC Riverside Welcomes New Head Coach: UC Riverside fans will notice a new face sitting on the bench this year as Michelle Patton was named head coach of the women’s volleyball program in the offseason after a five-year stint at San Francisco State. Patton guided the Gators to an 83-61 record (.576).
UC SANTA BARBARA
Lantagne Welch’s Debut: In her first weekend as head coach of UC Santa Barbara, Nicole Lantagne Welch guided the Gauchos to a 2-1 mark. They suffered a 3-0 loss to third-ranked Stanford before rebounding with back-to-back five-set victories over Nevada and New Mexico State.
Senior Leadership: Senior Katey Thompson paces the Gauchos and ranks in the top 10 in the Big West in two statistical categories. The Newport Beach, Calif., native is tied for first in service aces with a .50 average and sixth in digs (3.30 DPS).
Road Warriors: UC Santa Barbara continues its 11-match road trip this week with a visit to Malibu, Calif., for the Pepperdine Invitational. The Gauchos open the two-day event Friday against host Pepperdine before facing Colorado State and Virginia on Saturday.
Hawai’i Knocks Off Top-Ranked Longhorns: The 11th-ranked Rainbow Wahine kicked off the 2013 season upsetting national champion and top-ranked Texas on opening night of the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational. Hawai’i downed the Longhorns in four sets by scores of 25-19, 19-25, 27-25, 25-16. This marks its first victory over a No. 1-ranked opponent since beating UCLA in 2000.
Shoji Eyes National Mark: Hawai’i Head Coach Dave Shoji currently owns 1,105 career wins and one more victory ties him with UCLA’s Andy Banachowski for first in the nation in career wins with a minimum 10 years as a Division I head coach since 1982.
Top Notch Competition: For the second week in-a-row Hawai’i faces a top 10 opponent as it hosts the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Classic. Along with 10th-ranked UCLA, Hawai’i entertains New Mexico State and Santa Clara.
Hartong‘s Record Book Climb: Emily Hartong became the 18th player in program history to reach 1,000 kills, doing so on Friday against the Longhorns.