BIG WEST TID BITS
Mustangs Notch Top 25 Victory:
Trailing 2-0 against No. 23 Wichita State in its final Nike Classic match, Cal Poly came roaring back to down the Shockers 3-2 for its first Top 25 win of the season. The win also gives the Mustangs their third victory over a ranked opponent in the last three seasons.
UC Irvine Begins Four-Match Homestand:
League-leading UC Irvine, who has kicked off the 2017 season with an 8-1 record, opens the home portion of its schedule Thursday when it entertains Fresno State at the Bren Center. First serve is slated for 6:00 p.m. The Anteaters continue their homestand the following day when they join forces with Long Beach State for the LBSU/UCI Invitational. UC Irvine is slated to face Montana State, San Francisco and CSU Bakersfield.
The Van Winden sisters, Torrey, a sophomore transfer, an Adlee, who is a junior, are leading the Mustangs at the net as they pace the team and sit second and fifth in the Big West with kill averages of 5.00 and 4.21. Both have already earned Big West Player of the Weeks nods with Adlee earning the first of the season and Torrey collecting back-to-back accolades. Torrey also sits in the conference’s top 10 in hitting percentage (5th - .352) , while Adlee ranks fourth in service aces (.41 APS).
Moving Up The Ranks:
CSUN’s Katie Sato surpassed the 1,000 career digs earlier this season to become the 13th Matadors to master the feat. She currently sits ninth in CSUN rally-scoring history with 1,075 digs.
Bolko Digging Her Way Up The Ranks:
In UC Davis’ five-set win over Boise State last week, Malia Bolko became the ninth player in school history to surpass 1,000 career digs. Following the conclusion of the UC Davis Invitational, where she was named to the all-tournament team, the junior libero owns 1,050 digs to rank eighth in the UCD annals.
Owens Sets Career Mark:
CSUN’s Aeryn Owens, who ranks 15th in the country with 152 total kills, tallied a career-best 30 kills in the Matadors 3-2 victory over Fresno State. She also notched 14 digs to record her team-leading seventh double-double of the season.
New Head Coaches:
The 2017 women’s volleyball season will be missing two legendary coaches at the helm of their respective programs as Hawai’i’s Dave Shoji and Long Beach State’s Brian Gimmillaro both retired in the offseason. Between the two, there was 74 years of coaching experience as Shoji led the Rainbow Wahine for 42 years and Gimmillaro guided the Beach for 32. To put that into perspective, the combined head coaching experience in the Big West between all nine current women’s volleyball coaches is 28 with CSUN’s Jeff Stork leading the pack with 14 years at the helm.
Hawai’i Tabbed To Claim 2017 Title:
The University of Hawai’i was selected to capture its third straight Big West Conference women’s volleyball championship, and fifth out of the past six years, after claiming six first-place votes en route to a 78 point total as part of the Big West women’s volleyball preseason coaches poll as voted on by the nine head coaches. The Mustangs of Cal Poly, nabbing two first place votes and 71 total points, earned the second slot in the preseason poll. Securing the third place spot with one first place vote and a total of 65 point was Long Beach State. The Gauchos of UC Santa Barbara sit fourth with 47 points and is followed by UC Irvine after registering 41 points. UC Davis nabbed the sixth slot after collecting 39 points and is followed by CSUN, who holds the seventh spot with 33 points. UC Riverside locked-in the eighth position after grabbing 19 points and Cal State Fullerton rounds out the nine-team field with 10 points.
Big West Volleyball On ESPN3:
The Big West Conference announced that nine women’s volleyball matches will be streamed via ESPN3, beginning with a Sept. 19 with a battle between Long Beach State and UC Riverside. First-year LBSU head coach Joy McKienzie-Fuerbringer makes her conference and ESPN3 debut in that UC Riverside match. The Beach also hosts UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, Sept. 30 and UC Davis on Friday, Oct. 27.
Two-time defending Big West champion Hawai‘i appears twice in the package under first-year head coach Robyn Ah Mow-Santos. Fans get their first sneak peek of the Rainbow Wahine on Friday, Sept. 29 at Cal State Fullerton, and again on Saturday, Oct. 14 at CSUN. Cal Poly, makes two road appearances. The Mustangs face UC Irvine on Tuesday, Oct. 24 and UC Riverside on Friday, Nov. 17. UC Davis and CSUN each make their second appearance in the package when they play each other on Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Matadome. The final women’s volleyball tilt occurs on Saturday, Nov. 18 when UC Santa Barbara travels to UCR.
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UH-UCI Clash On FOX Prime Ticket:
Prime Ticket will televise a women’s volleyball showdown between Hawai‘i and UC Irvine from the Bren Events Center on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 8:00 p.m. (PT). In addition to telecast coverage on Prime Ticket and FOX Sports West, all games on the regional sports network will also be available on FOX Sports GO.
ESPNU To Televise LBSU-UH Showdown:
ESPNU is scheduled to air the Hawai‘i at Long Beach State women’s volleyball match Friday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. (PT) inside the Walter Pyramid. The match-up pits two programs who have combined to win – either shared or outright – each of the last six Big West Conference championships. Long Beach State all-time has claimed 13 conference titles to Hawaii’s 10, making them the two winningest programs in league history. Full Story
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