Big West Women's Volleyball Release - Week 12
Race For The Title:
Hawai’i collected another pair of victories to improve to a perfect 12-0 in Big West play to lead the nine-team field. Defending Big West champion Long Beach State sits second with a 10-3 record and is followed by Cal Poly at 9-3. UC Davis ranks fourth with an 8-5 mark and UC Irvine owns the fifth spot with a 6-7 record. UC Riverside and CSUN find themselves knotted in sixth at 4-8 with UC Santa Barbara (2-10) and Cal State Fullerton (0-11) round out the field.
Big West In the Top 25:
Hawai’i, 22-1 overall, slipped one spot to seventh in this week’s AVCA Top 25 poll while Long Beach State continues to receive votes.
800 And Counting...:
Head coach Brian Gimmillaro opened Big West play with a 2-0 mark to reach the 800-career win threshold during his 31 years at Long Beach State. Gimmillaro, who now holds 809 wins, became just the fourth active coach to reach 800 wins at one institution, and is only the 14th coach ever to record 800 wins at the Division I level.
We’re Number One:
The Rainbow Wahine lead the nation with an impressive 3.40 blocks per set average. Olivia Magill is the catalyst for the team, sporting the country’s eighth-best average of 1.59. Magill paces the Big West while teammates Emily Maglio and Nikki Taylor sit second (1.29 BPS) and third (1.23 BPS).
Stinson Eclipses 1,000-Kill Mark:
Senior Cieana Stinson reached the 1,000-kill threshold the final weekend of September to become the 12th player in Matador history to reach the career milestone. Both Casey Hinger and Natalie Allen reached 1,000 kills in 2014 with Mahina Haina accomplishing the feat in 2013. Stinson owns 1,161 career kills and currently ranks eighth in school history and is just 61 kills from grabbing the seventh slot.
Squyres Reaches Milestone:
Senior Kaylin Squyres lifted her career kill total to 1,144 last week and currently sits in the sixth spot in school history. Devon Damelio (1,058 in 2010-13) was the most recent Aggie to finish her career above that milestone. Squyres, who needs 65 kills to move to the fifth slot, is averaging a league-best 4.34 kills per set to rank 19th in the nation.
Big West On ESPN3:
The Big West Conference announced that 11 women’s volleyball matches will be distributed on ESPN3 during the 2015. Games remaining:
Fri., November 13 - UC Santa Barbara at Cal St. Fullerton
Sat., November 14 - Cal Poly at Cal State Fullerton
Tues., November 17 - Hawai’i at UC Irvine
Sat., November 21 - UC Davis at UC Irvine
Back To The Future:
With the 3-2 win over the Anteaters, Cal Poly improved to 7-1 at home this year and its 17-5 record through the initial 22 games of the schedule is the program’s best mark since 2006. The following night the Mustangs lost a five-set battle to UC Davis, slipping to 9-3 in conference play.
In Cal Poly’s 3-2 victory over UC Irvine, sophomore Taylor Nelson recorded a career-high 61 assists and freshman outside hitter Adlee Van Winden collected a career-high 22 kills. A day later, Van Winden once again tallied a career-tying 22 kills against UC Davis.
A Clean Sweep:
The Mustangs have claimed nine three-set victories this season, marking the most sweep victories the program has recorded since 2008.
In The Big West:
Cal Poly continues to pace the Big West in both assists (13.00) and digs (16.45).
CAL STATE FULLERTON
In Search Of A ‘W’:
Under the helm of first-year head coach Ashley Preston, the Cal State Fullerton Titans are still searching for their first victory of the season with a 0-23 mark thus far. The last time the Titans opened the year with a winless stretch spanning 23 games was back in 1994 when they tallied an overall record of 1-28.
Busy Week Ahead:
The Titans have a loaded schedule in front of them as they gear up for a rare three-match week. They open with a Tuesday showdown at CSUN before returning home to Titan Gym where they entertain UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly.
Another Scoop Please:
Junior Paige Reed currently sports a 3.94 digs average to sit fifth in the Big West.
Diaper Dandies On The Bench:
The Cal State Fullerton coaching staff is one of the youngest in the nation as the three full-time coaches are a combined 89 years old. In addition, volunteer assistant Naseri Tumanuvao preps for his first season at Cal State Fullerton at 28 years of age.
CSUN suffered another pair of conference losses to drop to 4-8 where it is currently knotted in sixth place with UC Riverside. This week the Matadors continue their four-match homestand hosting Cal State Fullerton (11/10) and Long Beach State (11/13) at The Matadome.
Looking For A Win:
After opening conference play with three consecutive wins, the Matadors have dropped eight of their last nine contests to sit 4-8 in league play. They enter this week riding a four-match skid.
In the Matador’s five-set loss to the Highlanders, senior Cieana Stinson pounded a career-high 29 kills. She currently sits fifth in the Big West Conference with a 3.74 average.
In The Trenches:
Sophomore Katie Sato ranks seventh in digs with a an average of 3.62 per set.
LONG BEACH STATE
A Look Back:
Last week the 49ers extended their win streak to six with a sweep over Cal State Fullerton. Two days later, LBSU fell to No. 6 Hawai’i, 3-1, to drop to 10-3 in league play but remain in the second slot in the standings.
Slow Week Ahead:
The 49ers play two of their final three Big West contests on the road, starting with a trip to CSUN this Friday for their lone contest of the week. First serve is slated for 7:00 p.m.
The Big 2-0:
In Long Beach State’s 3-1 loss to Hawai’i, Nele Barber had another standout performance as she tallied 16 kills and 16 digs for her 20th double-double of the season.
Senior Hayley Benson and sophomore Ashley Murray sit eighth and ninth in the Big West in hitting percentage. Benson is hitting .312, while Murray owns a .306 clip. Benson also holds the sixth-best blocks average of 1.01.
Against The Big West:
Long Beach State currently owns the conference’s third best kill average of 13.79, but in league-only contests the 49ers are sporting a conference-best 14.27 mark.
Light Week, Tough Battle: After
winning four of its last five contests, UC Davis, who currently sits fourth in the Big West with an 8-5 mark, has a tough task ahead as it welcomes No. 7 Hawai’i to The Pavilion for its lone match of the week. The Rainbow Wahine swept the Aggies back on Oct. 16.
Against The Best:
Senior Kaylin Squyres paces the Big West Conference with a 4.34 kills per set average, while ranking 19th in the country. She is also sporting the country’s 18th-best point total of 490.5.
In The Big West:
In her first season donning the blue and gold, freshman Kelechi Ohiri is making a name for herself. She currently paces the Aggies in hitting percentage with the conference’s third-highest clip of .358. She is also second on the team and fifth in the league in blocks with a 1.04 average. Also making waves in the league stats in her first season is freshman Malia Bolko, who owns the third-best dig mark of 4.16.
UC Irvine gets a week off before they embark on a trio of home contests to conclude its schedule. The Anteaters are back on the court Tuesday, Nov. 17 when they host nationally-ranked Hawai’i on ESPN3, the first of two televised contests.
Anderson’s Career Performance In last week’s 3-2 loss to Cal Poly, junior setter Shelley Anderson registered a career-high 61 assists. She currently ranks fourth in the Big West Conference with a 9.33 assists average. In regards to UCI history, she is currently fourth all-time with 2,933 career assists and needs 53 assists to tie Teri Zartman (1997-2000).
Freshman Harlee Kekauoha ranks sixth in the conference with a 3.34 kills average, while holding the fourth slot in service aces with a .32 mark.
Hain At The Helm:
Ashlie Hain, starting setter on UC Irvine’s 2003 and 2004 NCAA Tournament teams, returned to UCI as head coach this season after coaching at American River College. There, she took over a program that had won just three matches and led the Beavers to consecutive Big 8 Conference titles in 2013 and 2014.
Highlanders Tie School Record:
Last week UC Riverside picked up a pair of Big West Conference victories, downing CSUN and Cal State Fullerton, to improve to 4-8 in league play. The Highlanders four conference wins is tied for the most in program history. The 3-0 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Saturday also gave UC Riverside a season sweep of the Titans—a team they had previously lost to 20 straight times. Also worth noting, the Highlanders’ nine overall victories is the highest total since the 2005 squad registered a 16-11 mark.
Home Sweet Home:
UC Riverside plays three of its final four contests in front of its hometown fans at the SRC, where it owns a 3-2 mark this season. The Highlanders kick things off Friday evening hosting Cal Poly and then UC Santa Barbara Saturday.
Can You Dig It?:
Ever since Maddie Hubbell began her career at UC Riverside three years ago, she has excelled on defense and this year is no difference. The junior libero currently paces the league with a 4.82 digs per set average. In 2014 she finished the year ranked eighth in the league and during her freshman campaign she ended her year in fourth.
UC SANTA BARBARA
Back On The Road:
The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, who are on a five-game skid, are back on the road this week as they are slated to battle Cal State Fullerton Friday on ESPN3 and Riverside Saturday night.
Sheffield’s Career Night:
In last week’s showdown against UC Irvine, junior Elizabeth Sheffield notched a career-high 10 digs.
In The Big West:
Junior Phoebe Grunt is hitting .347 to sit fourth in the Big West Conference. Her teammate Ali Barbeau sits 10th in kills with a 2.77 average. The Gauchos are one of two Big West teams to have more than one player ranked in the conference’s top 10 in service aces, Hawai’i being the other. Annie Hasselmann and Jaylen Villanueva are knotted in seventh place with a .28 service aces per set average. Emilia Petrachi continues to dig her way towards the top as she currently ranks second with a 4.54 mark.
Hawai’i, in the midst of a six-match, season-ending contest, is riding a 17-match win streak - its longest win streak since UH won 19 in a row in 2012. The Rainbow Wahine own an impressive 22-1 overall mark to rank third in the country with a .957 win-loss percentage. The lone defeat came on Sept. 6 against No. 25 UCLA (3-1). The Rainbow Wahine may be one win away from a perfect overall record, but the Rainbow Wahine do own an unblemished 12-0 record in Big West play.
Cramping Their Style:
The ‘Bows are holding their opponents to a miniscule .147 hitting percentage to rank 11th in the country.
Hawai’i has swept 13 of its opponents this season, including a streak of six consecutive 3-0 victories from Sept. 20 - Oct. 9. The Rainbow Wahine most recent sweep was last Saturday when they defeated CSUN, 3-0, for their first victory at The Matadome since 2012.
Leading The Pack:
Hawai’i currently leads the league in hitting percentage (.291), blocks (3.40), kills (14.04), service aces (1.54) and opponent hitting percentage (.147).