CP, UH Clash Friday Night For Top Spot In Standings
Big West Confernece Women's Volleyball - Week 10
Top Two Teams Clash In Hawai’i: League-leading Cal Poly carries its perfect 9-0 Big West record to the islands to battle second place Hawai’i (8-1) for the top spot in the Big West Conference. The Rainbow Wahine are looking to avenge a 3-1 loss to the Mustangs back on October 6. If Cal Poly wins, it will own a two-game lead over second place, but if Hawai’i is the victor the teams will be knotted in first with each team suffering one loss. First serve is slated for 10:00 p.m. (PDT) on Friday, October 26.
Around The Big West: Along with hosting Cal Poly, Hawai’i also entertains UC Santa Barbara Saturday evening. UC Davis hosts both Long Beach State (10/25) and CSUN (10/27), while UC Irvine also faces the Matadors and Long Beach State. Cal State Fullerton, still looking for its first conference win, visits UC Riverside Saturday afternoon.
Streaking Mustangs Off To Best Start In School History: Cal Poly downed Long Beach State, 3-1, Saturday for its 18th win in a row. With the win, the Mustangs (19-1, 9-0 BWC) are off to the best start in program history, surpassing the 1985 team that began 18-1.
Cal Poly, who is also sporting a record-breaking home winning streak of 18 straight matches dating back to 2016, has collected 26 consecutive Big West victories (9 - 2018, 16- 2017, 1-2016).
LBSU’s Harward Eclipses 1,000 Digs: With a season-high 24 digs in Long Beach State’s 3-2 victory over UC Santa Barbara, Hailey Harward surpassed the 1,000-dig career mark. She added 16 digs the following night against Cal Poly to sport 1,037 scoops.
Aggie Duo Eyeing School Marks: Senior Emily Allen is inching her way to the 1,000 kills-1,000 digs club with 939 career kills and 953 career digs. Nine UCD players grace the 1,000 clubs in each category, with just three former Aggies appearing on each: Candy Lench (1989-92), Jill Changaris (1993-96) and Kelly Gaudino (2000-03). Senior Malia Bolko has 1,741 career digs, second in school history and 90 shy of catching Avreeta Singh (2006-09) for the top slot in UC Davis annals.
Petrachi Crushes UCSB Digs Record: Senior libero Emilia Petrachi has already tallied 1,791 scoops to own the top spot in UCSB history and sits fifth in the Big West record book. She needs 67 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.
Owens Climbing CSUN’s Kills Ranking: Senior Aeryn Owens ranks third on the CSUN career kills list with 1,449. 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 15 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.
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 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.
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.
||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 libero position was added to women’s volleyball in 1999 and since then defensive players have taken over the Big West’s Top 10 performances. There is still one player, prior to the libero addition, that remains in the conference’s top 10 season stats - UC Santa Barbara’s Maria Reyes, who tallied 591 scoops in 1989. She owns the 10th spot.
• While Big West Player of the Week honors have been handed out since 1985, Big West Freshman and Defensive Player of the Week awards only began in 2014.