Other nominees included: Alisha King of Boise State tallied 29 kills and 28 digs in three matches ... Brianna Clarke of Fresno State tallied 39 kills and 19 digs in her first three collegiate matches ... Hawai‘i’s Anelbi Cubi-Otineru averaged 3.00 kills per set with a .373 hitting percentage over three matches ... Kylie Harrington of Nevada was named to the Shamrock Invitational All-Tournament team after averaging 2.90 kills, 2.80 digs and 3.25 points as the Pack went 1-2 ... New Mexico State’s Lindsey Yon was named to the all-tournament team at the State Farm Illini Classic after recording 43 kills and 32 digs in three matches ... Niki Clement became the 11th San Jose State player in school history to record 1,000 or more career kills after she tallied 39 in three matches.
NUMEROUS WAC PLAYERS NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS OVER WEEKEND
The WAC had 10 of its players named to all-tournament teams last week.
Niki Clement became the 11th Spartan in
HAWAI‘I RANKED FIRST IN PRESEASON POLL
Defending Western Athletic Conference volleyball champion Hawai‘i has been selected in a poll by the league’s coaches to defend its crown in 2008 and take home its 13th-straight regular-season title.
The Rainbow Wahine received eight of the nine first-place votes with
Hawai‘i is coming off a 27-6 season in 2007 that saw the Rainbow Wahine earn their 12th-consecutive WAC regular-season title with a 15-1 record. Hawai‘i also captured its eighth WAC Tournament title. Both Hawai‘i and
The 2008 WAC season begins August 29 with all nine teams in action. For the first time ever, the WAC Volleyball Tournament will be held in
2008 PRESEASON ALL-WAC TEAM ANNOUNCED
The WAC Preseason all-WAC volleyball team was announced on Aug. 8 as voted on by the nine coaches. Hawai‘i All-American Jamie Houston was named WAC Preseason Player of the Year. This is the fourth-straight season that a Rainbow Wahine player earned the preseason honor with former Hawai‘i All-American Kanoe Kamana`o earning the honor in 2005 and 2006. This is
Two Hawai‘i players joined
Chelsea Fowles of
WAC VOLLEYBALL FORMAT
For the fourth-straight year the WAC will not compete in divisions. This season’s format will be a double-round robin. Each team will face the other eight at home and on the road. All nine teams will compete in the WAC Volleyball Tournament. This is the first time that the WAC Tournament will be held in
2008 WAC TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
November 20 (Quarterfinals)
Match 5 - Winner Match 1 vs. No. 1, 7:30 p.m.
November 21 (Semifinals)
Match 6 - Winner Match 3 vs. Winner Match 4, 5:00 p.m.
Match 7 - Winner Match 2 vs. Winner Match 5, 7:30 p.m.
November 23 (Championship)
Match 8 - Winner Match 6 vs. Winner Match 7, 3:00 p.m.
HAWAI‘i TO HOST 2008 WAC VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
The Western Athletic Conference announced, that pending board approval,
The 2007 Volleyball Tournament marks the third time
Throughout the week, WAC teams and fans were treated to a variety of cultural events that showcased what the state of
RETURNING ALL-WAC PLAYERS
Of the 12 first-team all-WAC players in 2007, six should return for the 2008 season, including two from Hawai‘i, Jamie Houston and Aneli Cubi-Otineru. There are three returning from
REGIONAL SITES SELECTED
The NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Committee has announced the following sites for regional competition of the 2008 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championships.
Regionals (4) December 12-13, 2008
Boise State dropped three matches at home last week to open the season ... The Broncos fell to Seattle (0-3), Cal State Northridge (1-3), and Washington State (1-3) ... Alisha King led the team with 29 kills (2.64 ps) over the three matches ... Sadie Maughan added 28 kills, two solo blocks and 10 assisted blocks last week ... Jeanette Jenkins was named to the Bronco Invitational All-Tournament team after recording 26 kills (2.36 ps), nine blocks, and nine digs ... Mandy Klein led the team with 98 assists (8.91 ps) last week.
Fresno State went 1-2 in its opening weekend at home ... the Bulldogs defeated Cal State Bakersfield (3-2) in its opening match ... the team also dropped matches against UC Davis and Saint Mary’s ... in her first collegiate match, Brianna Clarke led the Bulldogs with 19 kills and had her first collegiate double-double with 11 kills and 12 digs vs. UC Davis ... she was named to the Fresno State Invitational All-Tournament team after registering 39 total kills (3.55 ps) and 19 digs (1.30 ps) over the three matches ... Tairyn Rasmussen was also impressive, collecting 34 kills (3.40 ps) and 13 digs (1.30 ps).
Hawai‘i Rainbow Wahine (1-2, 0-0 WAC)
UH went 1-2 last week at home as the team hosted the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Classic ... The Rainbow Wahine defeated Ohio 3-0 and dropped matches against No. 1 Penn State (0-3) and No. 6 UCLA (1-3) ... Aneli Cubi-Otineru played well in the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Classic, averaging 3.00 kills per set with a .373 hitting percentage ... she posted nine kills and a .350 hitting percentage in the season-opener vs. No. 1 Penn State (8/29) ... she then had nine kills while hitting .571 vs. Ohio (8/30), and hit .280 with 12 kills vs. No. 6 UCLA (8/31) ... Jamie Houston led the team with 31 kills (3.44 ps) last week ... Tara Hittle led the team with 36 digs over the three matches.
Idaho earns the top spot in the early WAC standings after going 2-1 last week at the Middle Tennessee Blue Raider Bash Invitational last week ... The team dropped a close 1-3 decision to No. 14 Middle Tennessee before picking up wins over South Dakota State (3-0) and Southeast Missouri (3-1) ... Haley Larsen was named to the Blue Raider Bash All-Tournament team after she led the team with 48 kills (4.36 ps) ... Larsen was also named the WAC’s Player of the Week ... she also led the team with 30 digs and had a career-high five service aces against South Dakota State ... Sarah Conwell helped with 27 kills (2.45 ps).
Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters (0-3, 0-0 WAC)
Tech went 0-3 at the TCU Tournament last week, dropping matches to TCU (0-3), Belmont (1-3) and UMKC (0-3) ... Samantha Crowder led the team with 19 kills (1.90 ps) over the three matches ... Debora Bolonhini fronted the team with 32 digs last week, while Bianca Bin led the team with 66 assists (6.60 ps) ... as a team, Louisiana Tech averaged 8.8 kills per set and registered a .121 attach percentage.
The Pack went 1-2 last week at the Shamrock Invitational ... Nevada dropped matches against Valparaiso (0-3) and Notre Dame (1-3) before picking up a victory over IPFW (3-0) ... Kylie Harrington was named to the Shamrock Invitational All-Tournament team after averaging 2.90 kills, 2.80 digs and 3.25 points ... she posted back-to-back double-doubles in the final two matches with 14 kills and 10 digs vs. Notre Dame then followed that with 10 kills and 14 digs vs. IPFW ... the 14 digs vs. IPFW established a new career high while the 14 kills in the Notre Dame match tied her career high ... Defensively, Nicole Link led the team with 41 digs last week.
The Aggies opened the season with a 1-2 mark at the Illinois Tournament last week ... it marks the first time since 2002 NMSU has started the season 1-2 ... that year the Aggies fell to North Carolina and Wisconsin before beating St. John’s ... this season, NMSU dropped its first match to No. 11 Oregon then fell to Illinois, who hosted the State Farm Illini Classic ... after the first week of play, the Aggies rank No. 2 in the conference in service aces per set, while Lindsey Yon comes in at No. 3 in the WAC in kills per set (3.58) and Krystal Torres tops the list in digs per set (4.42).
San Jose State went 1-2 last week with a win over Gardner Webb (3-0) and losses to Arizona (0-3), Weber State (2-3) ... Niki Clement led the Spartans in hitting over the weekend with 39 kills, 3.55 per set ... Clement recorded her first double-double of the season with a season-high 22 kills and 10 digs against Weber State ... against Arizona Friday night, Clement became the 11th Spartan in school history to record 1,000 or more career kills ... she ended the week with 1,027 career kills and is just 19 kills away from tying for 10th place on the all-time list at 1,046 kills ... SJSU also played St. Johns on Monday, dropping the match in four sets.
Utah State went 0-3 last week at the BYU Molten Classic in Provo, Utah ... the team dropped matches against No. 20 BYU (0-3), Missouri (1-3) and Tulane (0-3) ... Melissa Osterloh was named to the All-Tournament team after leading the Aggies with 36 kills (3.60 ps) ... Chelsea Fowles fronted the team with 91 assists, while Christine Morrill led the team with 31 digs ... as a team, Utah State registered a .111 hitting mark with 105 kills (10.50 per set) ... Rebecca Anderson led the Aggies with nine blocks.