Following a pair of powerful performances that led the University of Hawai’i to its second straight Big West Conference Championship, senior Nikki Taylor was named AVCA National Player of the Week.
On Monday, the 6-4 opposite earned her fourth weekly conference honor this season, and 10th of her career, placing her second all-time in Big West history. She only trails Cal Poly’s Kylie Atherstone (11) on the career POW list.
Taylor’s all-around contributions lifted Hawai’i to victories over Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara as she averaged 5.29 kills, 2.57 digs, 1.14 service aces and 0.57 blocks per set. She also hit .333 with a team-leading 37 kills and just 12 errors in 75 swings. Taylor’s eight service aces and 47.5 points also topped the squad.
In the sweep of the Mustangs, Taylor collected a match-high 15 kills, seven digs, five aces and four blocks as head coach Dave Shoji compiled career win 1,200. Three of her five aces were registered during a seven-point serving run that propelled the Rainbow Wahine to a 25-15 win in set 3.
On Senior Night against the Gauchos, Taylor pounded a match-high 22 kills to go along with 11 digs, securing her sixth double-double this season. Nine of her kills came in set three when she hit .571 with just one error in the frame. Her 22-kill effort marked the seventh time this season she has exceeded the 20-kill.
This is the ninth Sports - Imports/AVCA Player of the Week honor for Hawai’i, and the second for Taylor. She previously won it on September 15, 2015.