Undefeated Teams Clash In Honolulu
Big West Women's Volleyball Release - Week 7
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Undefeated Duo Clash Saturday: Defending Big West Champion and preseason favorite Hawai’i (4-0) and Cal Poly (5-0), who is receiving votes in the AVCA Top 25 Poll, managed to come out of another week of conference play unscathed. One of them is guaranteed to have a ding on their record after this week as the two teams face off Saturday in Honolulu at 10 p.m. (PT). Prior to Saturday’s showdown, the Rainbow Wahine entertain UC Santa Barbara.
In the Standings: While Cal Poly and Hawai’i sit atop the leaderboard with their perfect marks, CSUN holds the third slot with a 3-1 record. Three teams own a .500 mark as Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara are 2-2, and UC Irvine, who continues its best start in school history with an overall mark of 13-2, is 1-1. The remaining three teams have yet to capture a conference win.
Career Performances: CSUN’s Kristey Markle recorded a career-best six service aces in the Matadors win over UCSB...Long Beach State’s Brooke Earkman notched 15 kills Saturday evening against UCSB...UC Davis’s Mahalia White registered a career-high 20 kills versus UC Irvine...UC Riverside’s Kaiulani Ahuna notched a career-high 21 kills in the Highlanders’ five-set loss to Hawai’i...UH’s McKenna Granato recorded a career-best six service aces against UC Riverside and teammate Casey Castillo registered a personal-best three service aces.
You’ve Been Served: In Hawai’i’s 3-2 victory over UC Riverside last week, the Rainbow Wahine tallied 17 service aces, setting a new program record. In all, eight different Rainbow Wahine recorded at least one ace in the match, but McKenna Granato led the way with a career-high six aces. Prior to last week, the most recent player to tally six aces was Emily Hartong vs. Wichita State in four sets on Aug. 27, 2011.
Around The Big West: Cal Poly tops the Big West in kills per set (15.52), hitting percentage (.315) and assists (14.41). Hawai’i tops the conference in blocks with a 2.45 average and opponent hitting percentage with a .171 clip. UC Riverside leads the way in digs (16.72 DPS) and the Anteaters of UC Irvine are dominating at the service line as they sport a 1.77 service ace average.
Mustangs Extend Win Streak, And Best Program Start In Over 30 Years: Cal Poly, who enters the week riding a 10-match win streak, improved to 15-2 on the season, the Mustangs’ best start since the 1985 team started 18-1. They aren’t just winning these matches, they are dominating as they have swept 13 of their opponents this season. The Mustangs’ two losses this year were against Top 25 opponents - No. 8 Washington and No. 14 Oregon.
Sister Power: The Van Winden sisters, Torrey, a sophomore transfer, and Adlee, who is a junior, are leading the Mustangs at the net as they pace the team and sit third and fifth in the Big West with kill averages of 5.53 and 3.81. 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 the following two weeks. Torrey also sits fifth in the conference’s top 10 in hitting percentage (.359), while Adlee ranks ninth in service aces (.30 APS).
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.
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. ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually. It is accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected streaming devices through the ESPN app. The network is currently available nationwide at no additional cost who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. It is also available at no cost to U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks.
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.
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