Volleyball Approaches Final Stretch
Big West Women's Volleyball Release - Week 12
Big West Tid Bits
In The Standings: Fourteenth-ranked Hawai’i (11-1) owns sole possession of the top spot in the standings after knocking off Long Beach State (10-2) last week. The 49ers are second and followed by Cal Poly in third with an 8-2 record. The Gauchos of UC Santa Barbara sit fourth at 7-5 while UC Davis and UC Irvine are knotted in fifth with a 5-7 mark. CSUN (4-8) is seventh, UC Riverside (2-9) is eighth and Cal State Fullerton (1-10) rounds out the nine-team field.
Team Stats: Hawai’i continues to lead the conference in hitting percentage (.273), opponent hitting percentage (.153) and blocks (2.72). Cal Poly controls the assists (13.51) and kills categories (14.23), while UC Santa Barbara is acing the competition with a 1.66 average and UC Riverside is digging a 16.30 average per set.
Shoji’s Countdown To 1200: Sweeps over Long Beach State and CSUN last week extended Hawai’i’s win streak to six and increased head coach Dave Shoji’s career win record to 1,197. He needs just three more victories to become just the second Division I head coach, with a minimum of 10 years as a DI coach, to tally 1,200 career victories. The only other coach to reach the milestone is Penn State’s Russ Rose, who reached the mark earlier this year.
Hubbell Set UCR Career Mark: On Thursday, Oct. 20, senior libero Maddie Hubbell logged 17 digs to reach 1,558 for her career to become UCR Volleyball’s all-time digs leader. She surpassed UCR Athletics Hall of Famer and Two-Time All American Sheryl Benson-Rawlins’ mark of 1,556 (1984, 86, 88-89). Hubbell currently sits at 1,616, just 68 scoops away from eclipsing the Big West’s Top 10. Cal Poly’s Michelle Hansen and San Diego State’s Jackie Mendez are currently knotted in ninth with 1,683 digs with LBSU’s Heather Laudato just three digs ahead (1,686) in eighth.
Allen Shines For UC Santa Barbara: In the Gauchos, 3-2 win over UC Davis, Chloe Allen finished with a career-high 19 kills on a .394 hitting percentage. The freshman has played in 13 of UCSB’s 25 matches and is averaging 1.91 kills pet set this season.
Climbing The Charts: Nikki Taylor sits in 11th place in Hawai’i’s career kill list with 1,290 total kills. To crack the top 10, Taylor needs to surpass Deitre Collins (1980-83), who registered 1,385 kills. With a season average of 4.53 kills per set, Taylor currently paces the Big West Conference and ranks 14th nationally.
Kekauoha Notches Triple-Double Opening Weekend: In UC Irvine’s 3-2 loss to Marquette opening weekend, sophomore Harlee Kekauoha recorded a triple-double with 15 kills, 19 assists and 14 digs.
NCAA Selection Show: The field of 64 teams for the 2016 NCAA Volleyball Tournament will be unveiled on ESPNU at 6:00 p.m. (Pacific) on Sunday, Nov. 27. The first and second round host sites will also be announced during the selection show. Regionals will be held at four non-predetermined campus sites with the four winners advancing to the DI Women’s Volleyball Championship at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, December 15 & 17. The national semifinals will be held December 15 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m (ESPN2). The national championship will take place December 17 at 9 p.m. (ESPN2).
Hawai’i Picked To Repeat As Conference Champion: The University of Hawai’i has been unanimously selected to repeat as the Big West Conference women’s volleyball champion, according to the Big West women’s volleyball preseason coaches poll as voted on by the nine head coaches. The Rainbow Wahine, who reclaimed the title last season with a perfect 16-0 mark, captured all nine first-place votes en route to a perfect 81-point total.
Long Beach State secured the second slot after securing 68 points and earning the third spot with a point total of 66 was Cal Poly. The Anteaters of UC Irvine ranked fourth with 47 points and is followed by UC Davis after tallying 44 points. UC Santa Barbara, who welcomes the No. 24 recruiting class in the nation, according to PrepVolleyball.com, nabbed the sixth slot after registering 39 points. CSUN holds the seventh spot with 29 points and UC Riverside locked-in the eighth position after grabbing 20 points. Rounding out the nine-team field is Cal State Fullerton with 11 points.
Gauchos Welcome Top Recruiting Class: In 2016, the UCSB women’s volleyball team will be joined by the No. 24 recruiting class in the nation, according to PrepVolleyball.com. This is the program’s third appearance on the list in four years and its fourth ever top-30 selection, including last year’s school record No. 18 ranking.
Big West Live: A showdown between longtime women’s volleyball rivals Hawai‘i and Long Beach State kicked off Prime Ticket’s 2016-17 coverage of Big West sports. The first of 20 televised events on the network, UH and LBSU battled on Saturday, October 8 at 8:00 p.m. (PT) inside the Walter Pyramid. ESPNU televised the Hawai‘i at UC Riverside women’s volleyball match Friday, October 28 at 8:00 p.m. (PT) inside the SRC Arena, which was updated with a newly designed floor over the summer.
The Big West Conference also announced that 11 women’s volleyball events will appear on its fall ESPN3 schedule. Below is a list of the remaining matches available on ESPN3 this season.
Nov. 10 Hawai’i at UC Irvine
UC Davis’ Quinn Returns “Home”: Katie Quinn, a two-time All-Big West Conference honoree and one of UC Davis’ all-time leading blockers, returns to her alma mater to serve as an assistant women’s volleyball coach, announced UCD head coach Dan Conners. Quinn will be involved in all aspects of the program, including that of recruiting coordinator, while her on-court focus will be with the Aggie middles.
Big West In Rio: A total of 26 Big West Conference athletes, coaches and staff represented nine different nations in fifteen different sports at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Included in the mix was former CSUN volleyball player Lynda Morales. The former Matador and her teammates from the Puerto Rico National Team participated in the Olympic Games for the first time this summer in Rio.