Showdown Of Undefeated In San Luis Obispo
Big West Women's Volleyball Release - Week 7
BIG WEST TID BITS
In The Standings: Cal Poly and Hawai’i still maintain an unblemished conference mark as the Mustangs are a perfect 5-0 and the Rainbow Wahine sport a 4-0 league mark. The Mustangs have now won 22 straight Big West matches, dating back to 2016. UC Irvine is third with a 2-1 mark while UC Santa Barbara sits fourth at 3-2. Long Beach State sports an even 2-2 conference record and is followed by CSUN (1-2) and UC Davis (1-3).
Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside, still in search of their first Big West victories, face off against each other in Titan Gym Saturday, October 6 at 5:00 p.m.
Undefeated Duo Face Off Saturday: Clash of the undefeated is slated for Saturday night in San Luis Obispo, Calif., as Cal Poly (5-0) welcomes Hawai’i (4-0) to Motts Athletic Center. The Mustangs have won 16 straight home contests dating back to 2016. Before battling defending champion and preseason favorite Cal Poly, Hawai’i first has to tackle UC Santa Barbara Friday evening.
On Tap: UC Davis, who is riding the momentum of a reverse sweep over UC Santa Barbara, travels to SoCal for a pair of evening matches set to air on ESPN3. The Aggies visit CSUN Friday evening and Long Beach State Saturday with first serve scheduled for 7:00 pm for both matches. The Matadors have a loaded schedule this week as they also visit UC Santa Barbara Tuesday and host UC Irvine Saturday.
Allen Posts Career-Best Mark: Senior Aggie Emily Allen was one kill shy of matching her career high in last week’s UC Davis come-from-behind victory over UC Santa Barbara as she tallied 29. She may have just missed her kill mark but made up for it in digs as she registered an impressive double-double that earned her a career-best mark of 29 scoops.
Streaking Stangs: Cal Poly, riding a 14-match win streak, which includes 10 sweeps, is also sporting a record-breaking home winning streak of 16 straight matches dating back to 2016. The Mustangs home win streak will be put to the test this weekend when it entertains Hawai’i at Motts Athletic Center.
Cal Poly Picked To Repeat As Big West Champion: After capturing its first Big West title in 10 years, Cal Poly has been selected to repeat as the Big West Conference women’s volleyball champion after claiming five first-place votes en route to a 77 point total, as voted on by the nine head coaches. The University of Hawai’i secured the remaining four first-place votes to lock down the second spot with 75 points. UC Irvine followed in the third slot with 62 points, while Long Beach State registered 48 points to rank fourth and UC Santa Barbara was close behind in fifth place with 45 points. The Aggies of UC Davis nabbed 38 points for the sixth spot and was followed by CSUN (30), UC Riverside (18) and Cal State Fullerton (12).
The Mustangs are coming off a year where they posted the program’s best overall record of 27-3, a perfect 16-0 Big West Conference mark and an undefeated home record for the first time since 2007. Led by 2017 AVCA Pacific North Coach of the Year Sam Crosson, Cal Poly broke the AVCA Top 25 and posted its first NCAA Tournament win since 2007. As a team, the Mustangs concluded 2017 ranked in the nation’s Top 10 in kills per set (2nd - 15.07), assists (4th - 14.06), win/loss percentage (5th - .900) and hitting percentage (7th - .310).
They return four players who earned Big West postseason awards this past season in seniors Adlee Van Winden and Katherine Brouker, junior Torrey Van Winden and sophomore Madilyn Mercer. There are six new additions to the team, five true freshmen and one transfer from Duke, who will all be competing for playing time.
In head coach Robyn Ah Mow-Santos’ rookie season at Hawai’i, she led them to a 20-8 overall record and a 14-2 conference mark which advanced them to their 36th NCAA Tournament appearance. Hawai’i is on a quest to capture its fifth conference title in seven years and will rely on 2018 All-Big West First Teamers outside hitter McKenna Granato and setter Norene Iosia to lead the way.
Securing the third spot is UC Irvine, who finished third in the Big West with a 10-6 league mark and a 24-8 overall record, which tied the school record for wins. The Anteaters advanced to the quarterfinals of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship, falling to Texas Tech, 3-1. It was the first postseason appearance since 2004. They welcome back 2018 All-Big West First Team members middle blocker Idara Akpakpa, outside hitter Haley DeSales and opposite.
Celebrating 50/35: The 2018-19 season marks the 50th anniversary for men’s sports in the Big West Conference, and the 35th for women’s. All season long the Big West Conference will celebrate the history of all 16 conference-sponsored sports.
Did You Know?
• Ten players in history have been named an All-Big West First Team selection for all four years of their career. Long Beach State’s Misty May (1995-98) was the first four-time winner while Hawai’i’s Nikki Taylor (2013-16) was the most recent recipient.
• Former member University of Pacific recorded 39 wins in 1986, which still sits as the most victories in a single season. Long Beach State holds the Big West record for most consecutive matches won at they tallied 42 straight victories during the 1998 and 1999 seasons. (36 in ‘98 and 6 in ‘99).
Volleyball Slated For ESPN3: The Big West Conference announced its fall schedule for the women’s volleyball, which commences Tuesday, Sept. 18 when UC Riverside visits Long Beach State at The Walter Pyramid. IN all, 10 matches were scheduled to broadcast live on ESPN3. Below is a list of the remaining Big West volleyball matches:
||UC Davis at CSUN
||UC Davis at Long Beach State
||Cal Poly at CSUN
||Hawai'i at CSUN
||Hawai'i at Long Beach State
||UC Santa Barbara at UC Irvine
||Cal Poly at UC Irvine