The University of Hawai’i women’s volleyball team (11-4, 4-0 Big West) heads to California for its second roadtrip of the season. The Rainbow Wahine will first take on CSUN (6-10, 2-2 BWC) on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 4:00 p.m. HST at the Matadome in Northrdige, Calif. On Saturday, Oct. 8, the ‘Bows will battle Long Beach State (10-7, 4-0 Big West) for early sole control of first place in conference. Both UH and LBSU are the only BWC teams with 4-0 records left in the conference.
The Rainbow Wahine rose one spot in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll to No. 12 this week after extending their conference win streak to 25 dating back to the end of the 2014 season. The first NCAA RPI list of the season was also released on Monday with Hawai’i coming in at No. 21 to start. UH led the conference with UC Santa Barbara at No. 48; Cal Poly close behind at No. 50 and Long Beach State right after at No. 51.
The ‘Bows swept both of their home matches last week, defeating Cal State Fullerton 25-13, 25-16, 25-18 and UC Riverside, 25-15, 25-6, 25-17. Setters Norene Iosia and Tayler Higgins distributed the attacks all around the front row with five players notching 10-or more kills combined in the two games. Emily Maglio, Annie Mitchem and Nikki Taylor all led UH with 16 kills apiece. Taylor’s 16 kills moved her into a tie for 15th place in the UH career-record book for kills with Kenyatta Lovelace (1990-93) with 1,189 total kills. Taylor, a 6-4 opposite from Honolulu, O’ahu, also led UH with 13 blocks–tying her career-high with eight against the Highlanders. Overall, she leads UH with 198 kills (4.95 per set), 28 service aces, and 251.5 overall points. Nationally, Taylor is ranked No. 3 in the NCAA and No. 1 in the Big West with 0.70 aces per set and she is No. 4 in the NCAA and No. 1 in the BWC with 6.29 points per set and No. 6 in the NCAA and No. 1 in conference with 4.95 kills per set. Taylor is second on the team with 49 blocks (1.23 per set) and she is averaging 2.28 digs per set with 91 total.
Maglio led UH this past weekend averaging 3.20 kills per set and was second on the team with nine blocks (1.8 per set). Overall, the junior middle from Coquitlam, B.C. Canada is ranked No. 30 in the NCAA and is tied for the league-lead with UCSB’s Phoebe Grunt with a .394 hitting percentage. Maglio is also ranked No. 34 nationally with 1.33 blocks per set which is No. 2 in the Big West.
Sophomore outside hitter McKenna Granato is second on the team with 170 total kills (3.21 per set). She is third on the team in both service aces (11) and digs (99). In conference action, she is hitting .309 and has 38 kills through four matches.
Junior libero Savanah Kahakai continues to anchor the backline with a team-high 228 digs. She has 12 double-digit dig matches thus far–including the last three straight.
Iosia, UH’s freshman setter, leads the squad with 504 assists, averaging 10.96 assists per set. She is second on the team with 22 service aces and 123 digs.
The CSUN Matadors have a 6-10 overall record and a 2-2 Big West mark. Last week, they fell to UC Santa Barbara in four sets and to Cal Poly in five sets at home. Overall, Aeryn Owens leads the Matadors with 210 kills (3.44 kills per set) while Melissa Eaglin leads CSUN with 62 blocks (12 solo) and 0.95 blocks per set. Libero Katie Sato has been a steady force in the back row with 278 total digs. Lauren Conati has dished out 593 assists with a team-high 17 service aces.
Long Beach State is also undefeated in conference at 4-0 with a 10-7 overall record. Last week, the 49ers swept both Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara at home. Reigning Big West Player of the Week Nele Barber hit .290 with 27 kills and just nine errors in 62 attempts. Barber leads the 49ers with 251 kills averaging a team-high 3.86 per set. She also leads teh squad with 220 digs. The all-around player also has 41 blocks (13 solo) and is second on the team with 14 aces. YiZhi Xue is the reigning Big West Freshman of the Week after hitting .481 against Cal Poly and UCSB. Xue leads their blocking attack with 69 total blocks (1.06 per set). She also has 105 kills.
Match 16 Information
Who: No. 12 Hawai’i (11-4, 4-0 Big West) vs. CSUN (6-10, 2-2 Big West)
When: Thursday, Oct. 6, at 4:00 p.m. HST
Where: The Matadome (2,400) – Northridge, Calif.
Live-streaming Video: A live video stream will be available at ESPN3 (http://es.pn/2dqQFhm). Trent Schlom and Megan Reza will be handling the play-by-play and analyst duties respectively with Sanaz Tavassol doing the sideline reporter.
Radio: ESPN 1420AM will carry both Thursday and Saturday night’s matches. Tiff Wells will be handling the play-by-play for both matches this week.
Audio Webcast: Both matches can be listened to online at espn1420am.com.
Live Stats: Live in-game stats are available at gomatadors.com
Series History: Hawai’i holds an 18-2 record against the Matadors. Last season, the ‘Bows swept both matches against CSUN. On Oct. 9, UH downed CSUN, 25-19, 25-16, 25-16 in Honolulu. On Nov. 7, Hawai’i won 25-14, 25-17, 25-19 in Northridge. Two years on Oct. 10, 2014 the Matadors defeated UH in the Matadome in straight sets, 25-17, 25-19, 25-21.
Match 17 Information
Who: No. 12 Hawai’i (11-4, 4-0 Big West) vs. Long Beach State (10-7, 4-0 Big West)
When: Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. HST
Where: Walter Pyramid (4,200) – Long Beach, Calif.
Live-streaming Video: A live video stream will be available at Fox Sports Prime Ticket (FOXSportsGO.com). Anne Marie Anderson and Holly McPeak will be the on-air talent for the broadcast.
Radio: ESPN 1420AM will carry Sunday’s match and Tiff Wells will be handling the play-by-play.
Audio Webcast: Sunday’s match can be listened to online at espn1420am.com.
Live Stats: Live in-game stats are available at LongBeachState.com
Series History: Hawai’i holds a 30-17-1 advantage over Long Beach State. Last season, in their first meeting, UH defeated the 49ers in five sets at home, 22-25, 25-12, 16-25, 25-21, 15-8. On the road, UH defeated LBSU in four, 26-28, 25-22, 25-13, 25-20.