Light Week For Women's Volleyball
Big West Women's Volleyball Release - Week 8
Around The Big West: Cal Poly topped Hawai’i, 3-1, in San Luis Obispo last week to keep its perfect conference record intact. Dating back to 2016, the Mustangs have won 23 straight Big West Conference matches. Hawai’i sits second with a 5-1 mark and is followed by UC Irvine (4-1). The Gauchos sit fourth at 4-3, while Long Beach State’s 3-3 mark places them fifth. CSUN (2-4), UC Riverside (1-4), UC Davis (1-5) and Cal State Fullerton round out the nine-team field.
League-leading Cal Poly entertains UC Santa Barbara in the blue-green rivalry match Friday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m. Second-place Hawai’i returns to the island to host Long Beach State (11/12) and CSUN (11/13) over the weekend. The Anteaters, winning seven of the last eight contests, look to continue their success as they welcome Cal State Fullerton (11/11) and UC Riverside (11/13) to the Bren Events Center. The Titans and Highlanders also head north to battle UC Davis.
Petrachi Crushes UCSB Digs Record: Senior libero Emilia Petrachi’s eighth dig of the 3-0 win over CSUN earned her the school record in career digs, as she surpassed Leah Sully for the top spot. With over a month of play, Petrachi has already tallied 1,779 scoops to sit fifth in the Big West record book. She needs 128 more digs to surpass Pacific’s Julie Magud for fourth place.
This is the second time in six years that head coach Nicole Lantagne Welch has witnessed this record being broken. It was in UCSB’s 2013 regular season finale, during her first year at the helm of the Gauchos, when she watched Leah Sully leapfrog past Kristin Nelson for the most in program history at the time.
Streaking Stangs: Cal Poly, riding a 15-match win streak, which includes 10 sweeps, is also sporting a record-breaking home winning streak of 17 straight matches dating back to 2016.
Spriggs Career Day: Senior Tyler Spriggs posted career highs of 23 kills and 48 swings in Long Beach State’s 3-1 victory over UC Davis.
Owens Climbing CSUN’s Kills Ranking: With four kills at Cal Poly last week, senior Aeryn Owens remained in third place on the CSUN career kills list with 1,389. Owens opened the 2018 season ranked 11th in school history and has already moved past eight players on the Matador career kills list this season. Owens now trails Missy Clements (1991-94) and second place by 75 kills. Laura Walter holds the CSUN record for kills with 1,694 from 1998-2001.
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, CP broke the Top 25 and posted its first NCAA Tournament win since 2007. 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.
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:
||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
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?
• The Big West Conference has registered 107 All-Americans over the years. Long Beach State’s Tara Cross and Pacific’s Jennifer Joines each earned All-America all four years of their playing careers.
• Cal Poly’s Adlee Van Winden earned a record-high seven Big West Freshman of the Week honors in 2015. She kicked of the year winning three straight before added four more accolades through out the season. The weekly honor began in 2014.