No. 12 Hawai'i Looks For Redemption At UC Santa Barbara
Big West Volleyball Weekly Release - Week 11
History Repeats Itself: Cal Poly started off November the same way it started of October, snapping a win streak with a loss. On Saturday, Nov. 2, the Mustangs were swept by UC Santa Barbara in the Blue-Green Rivalry game which ended their prior two-match success. The loss drops the Mustangs to 10-12 overall and 4-5 in the Big West Conference.
Turnaround Season: Cal Poly is currently 4-5 in the league, besting last year’s conference win total of three. The Mustangs have also improved their overall win total from a year with a 10-12 mark. Last season Cal Poly only managed to tally a 4-26 record.
Special Delivery: Senior Jennifer Keddy sits sixth in the Big West in service aces with a .32 average, but she has improved those numbers since entering conference play. In Big West contests, she is registering a .50 services aces average, tying her first place in the league with UC Irvine’s Shannon Fleming.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Titans Await Three-Game Homestand: In the midst of a season-long six-match skid, Cal State Fullerton returns home for a three game homestand. First up is a match against UC Riverside on Saturday night. Cal State Fullerton’s last victory was at UC Riverside on Oct. 12.
Movin’ On Up: Cal State Fullerton has been ranked among the best in the country in the digs category. This week the Titans hold steady in the fourth slot with an 18.08 average.
Cal State Fullerton is led by freshman McKenna Painton, continues to hold a league-best 4.59 average, while Bre Moreland and Alyse Hensley sit sixth and ninth with marks of 3.48 and 3.28.
Titans Charge: While senior Alyse Hensley ranks second on the team in digs, she also paces the Titans with a 3.15 kills per set average. Sophomore middle blocker Holland Crenshaw leads the way with a 0.81 blocks per set average.
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
A View From The Top: Cal State Northridge maintained the top spot on the leaderboard after posting a perfect 2-0 mark last week to improve to 9-1 in the league. The Matadors, riding a four-match win streak and winning nine of the last 10 matches, visit UC Irvine (11/8) and Long Beach State (11/9) this week.
National Recognition: The Matadors, who entered the Top 25 last week for the first time since 1992 moved up one spot in the AVCA poll to 23rd. Northridge, who was in the receiving votes category for eight weeks prior to cracking the Top 25, has now been ranked or has received votes in nine straight AVCA Top-25 polls for the first time in school history.
Power Pair: Juniors Casey Hinger and Sam Kaul lead the Matadors and rank fifth and sixth in the Big West with hitting percentages of .343 and .311.
1,000 And Counting...: Earlier this season senior Mahina Haina became the ninth player in Matador history to eclipse the 1,000-kill mark and teammate Natalie Allen is approaching the same mark with a career total of 959.
LONG BEACH STATE
LBSU Returns Home: Long Beach State snapped a four-match win streak with a 3-1 loss at Hawai’i. The 49ers return home to the Pyramid this week to entertain UC Davis and league-leading No. 23 Cal State Northridge. Earlier this season the 49ers defeated the Aggies 3-1 but fell to the Matadors by the same score.
Juley Reaches Career Milestone: Sophomore Erin Juley registered 41 assists in last week’s loss to Hawai’i, propelling her over the 2,000 career assist threshold. The setter from La Grange, Ill., currently ranks ninth in the LBSU annals with a career total of 2,036.
Look Out Below: The 49ers continue to dominate the Big West at the net, posting a league-best 2.63 blocks per set average. They are led by junior Chisom Okpala and freshman Joy Miley, who sit third and ninth with marks of 1.11 and 1.00.
Aggies Post Pair Of Victories: UC Davis defeated UC Riverside, 3-0, and Cal State Fullerton, 3-2, last week to extend its win streak to three. With the pair of victories, the Aggies are 13-9 overall and sit fourth in the Big West with a 6-4 record.
Coach Reaches Milestone: A 2-0 performance by the UC Davis Aggies last week propelled Head Coach Jamie Holmes to her 100th victory at the helm of the UC Davis women’s volleyball program. During her six-year stint at UCD, Holmes has tallied a 100-73 record.
Climbing The Ranks: Opposite Devon Damelio is quickly approaching her 1,000th career kill. After a career-best performance last week that witnessed her tallying 28 kills, Damelio is only 18 kills away from becoming the eighth Aggie to reach the milestone.
Leading Lee: Junior Victoria Lee is hitting .409 on the season to lead the Big West Conference. Teammate senior Devon Damelio ranks seventh in kills with a 3.06 average.
Home Sweet Home: Friday, Nov. 8 marks the start of a lengthy stretch of home matches for UC Irvine, as it plays five of its final seven matches in front of its fans. The streak kicks off Friday when UC Irvine entertains nationally-ranked Cal State Northridge at Crawford Court. Saturday night the excitement moves to the Bren Events Center for a showdown with UC Davis. The Anteaters are 3-3 on their home courts (Crawford Court and Bren Center) this season.
Untouchable: Led by senior middle blocker Shannon Fleming’s league-leading 0.39 service ace average, the Anteaters are pacing the Big West Conference with a 1.49 mark. Also ranked in the conference’s top 10 are freshmen outside hitter Cassidy Pickrell and freshman setter Shelley Anderson. Pickrell is tied for fourth with a 0.34 mark and Anderson holds the 10th spot with a 0.25 average.
Squires Leaving Mark At UC Irvine: Senior outside hitter Aly Squires recently became just the fifth Anteater to reach 4,000 attack attempts. She currently holds 4,052 career attempts. To crack the Big West’s Top 10, Squires would need to record 4,441 career attempts.
Looking For A ‘W’: The UC Riverside Highlanders are the lone team in the conference that has been unsuccessful in securing a Big West victory. This week they look to break that streak Saturday, Nov. 9 when it faces Cal State Fullerton, who sits eighth in the Big West with a 2-8 mark.
Highlanders Put Forth Best Effort Against Ranked Opponent: The Highlanders may have suffered another loss last week to No. 24 Cal State Northridge, but there was a shining moment. Led by junior Tyler Dorsey’s .375 clip, UC Riverside posted its highest hitting percentage in 10 Big West games this season.
A New Look: UC Riverside is competing in its first season with Michelle Patton at the helm of the program. Prior to joining the UCR family, Patton spent five year reviving a San Francisco State program that lay dormant from 2004-07. In 2012, the Gators posted the second best winning percentage in the history of the program going 21-9 on the year including a 16-6 mark in California Collegiate Athletic Association play and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
UC SANTA BARBARA
Gauchos Look To Sweep Hawai’i Series: UC Santa Barbara’s lone match of the week is against 12th-ranked Hawai’i, who sits third in the Big West Conference. There is no doubt that Hawai’i will enter The Thunderdome Saturday night seeking revenge on the Gauchos after they handed Hawai’i its first conference loss since rejoining the league in 2012 in a five-set thriller on Oct. 11. The second-place Gauchos are 4-2 when playing in front of their hometown fans.
UC Santa Barbara Leaders: Senior Katey Thompson is blasting a team-best 3.49 kills per set average while freshman Allie Sullberg’s .318 hitting percentage tops the Gauchos’ squad.
Sizzling Down The Stretch: First year head coach Nicole Lantagne Welch has the Gauchos headed in the right directions. The Gauchos started a little rocky, opening the season with a 3-6 record but have since won 10 of their last 12 contests, including a season-long eight-match win streak, the program’s longest since 2005. Five of those wins were by a score of 3-0 and one v
Hawai’i Heads To Central Coast Looking For Redemption: Hawai’i returns to the mainland to visit the central coast to face Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara, who currently ranks second in the Big West with an 8-1 record. Earlier this season the Rainbow Wahine swept the Mustangs while the Gauchos handed Hawai’i its first conference loss since rejoining the Big West in 2012. The Rainbow Wahine are 2-2 in conference road games this season.
Fighting For The Top Spot: As we enter the final month of the regular season, the Rainbow Wahine find themselves in unfamiliar territory, sitting third in the league with a 7-3 mark. The last time Hawai’i did not win its respective conference title, it competed in the Western Athletic Conference from 1996-2011, was in 1994 when it finished second in the Big West with a 15-3 record. With six league matches remaining, three against teams that already defeated the Rainbow Wahine this season, capturing a conference title for the 19 consecutive year will definitely be a challenge for Hawai’i.
Hartong Senior CLASS Award Finalist: The women’s volleyball finalists for the 2013 Senior CLASS award were announced and Hawai’i’s Emily Hartong was among the 10 student-athletes who excel both on and off the court.