Other nominees included: Mandy Klein of Boise State tallied 64 assists in three matches ... Baylee Platt of Fresno State tallied 58 kills and 19 digs in her first three collegiate matches en route to all-tournament team honors ... Hawai‘i’s Kanani Herring averaged 4.10 kills on .429 hitting and was named Most Outstanding Player of The Honolulu Advertiser Volleyball Challenge, which UH won ... Lindsay Baldwon of Nevada was named to the Nevada Invitational all-tournament team after averaging 3.00 kills, 1.29 blocks and 4.14 points as the Pack went 1-1 ... New Mexico State’s Lindsey Yon tallied 71 kills and 47 digs in five matches.
NUMEROUS WAC PLAYERS NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS OVER WEEKEND
The WAC had 11 of its players named to all-tournament teams last week. Fresno State’s Baylee Platt earned all-tournament honors at the Green Bay Classic, while Hawai‘i’s Kanani Herring, Aneli Cubi-Otineru and Tara Hittle were named to The Honolulu Advertiser Volleyball Challenge all-tournament team. Herring was also the Most Outstanding Player.
Colleen Burke became the 12th Spartan in
HAWAI‘I RANKED FIRST IN PRESEASON POLL
In a poll of the league’s coaches, defending Western Athletic Conference champion Hawai‘i was the unanimous favorite 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 (coaches can’t vote for their own team) and 64 points, with
Hawai‘i is coming off a 27-6 season in which it earned its 12th-consecutive WAC regular-season title with a 15-1 record. The Rainbow Wahine also captured their eighth WAC Tournament title. Both Hawai‘i and
2008 PRESEASON ALL-WAC TEAM
The WAC Preseason all-WAC volleyball team, as voted on by the nine coaches, was announced Aug. 8. Hawai‘i All-American Jamie Houston was named WAC Preseason Player of the Year. The reigning WAC Player of the Year, this is
Two other Hawai‘i players, juniors Aneli Cubi-Otineru and Amber Kaufman, 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
TOP STAT LEADERS
The following are the returning statistical leaders in the WAC from 2007. In hitting efficiency, six of the top 10 hitters are back, led for the second year by New Mexico State’s Amber Simpson (.345) and San Jose State’s Colleen Burke (.373), who finished No. 2 and No. 3 in the WAC, respectively. The remaining leaders are
Five of the top 10 kill leaders are back for 2008. The top returner is Hawai‘i’s Jamie Houston who has been first the last two seasons, averaging 5.51 kpg.
Seven of the top assist leaders from last season return for the 2008 campaign. Hawai‘i’s Stephanie Brandt is the top setter to return, finishing last season first in the WAC (12.75 apg). WAC Freshman of the Year, Chelsea Fowles, of Utah State was second in assists after averaging 12.45 apg, followed by Idaho’s Kelsey James (11.71 apg - fourth) and San Jose State’s Emily Burke (11.44 apg - fifth). The remaining leaders are
Only six of the top 10 blockers return, including
Eight of the top 10 servers also return, including four of the top five.
All 10 of the dig leaders return for the 2008 season. For the second-straight season
SONNICHSEN AND NETHERBY-SEWELL JOIN THE WAC FAMILY
Louisiana Tech and
Sonnichsen was the head coach at
In her two years at Hofstra, Netherby-Sewell led the Pride to their first-ever Colonial Athletic Association Championship in 2006 with a 17-1 conference record. That team was ranked No. 32 in the country, the highest ever ranking in school history. They also won their schools’ first NCAA Tournament game and advanced to the second round. Her overall record as a head coach is 43-19. Before being named head coach at Hofstra, Netherby-Sewell was an assistant for the Pride for two seasons, following two years as an assistant at
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 the Northwest Challenge last week ... The Broncos fell to Portland State (0-3), No. 9 Washington (0-3) and Gonzaga (1-3) ... Mandy Klein dished out 64 assists over the three matches ... Freshman Lydia Blaha had 15 blocks (three solo) to lead the Broncos ... Lauren Hamm added 35 digs to lead the team ... The Broncos have played two of their three tournaments of the season and close out with the Inntowner Invite hosted by Wisconsin this weekend.
Fresno State went 1-2 at the Green Bay Classic last weekend ... The Bulldogs defeated Northern Arizona (3-1) in their opening match before falling to host Green Bay (2-3) and Drake (2-3) ... In her first collegiate matches, freshman Baylee Platt led the Bulldogs in kills in all three matches with 21, 19 and 18, respectively, en route to being named to the all-tournament team ... Allanah Munson averaged 11.21 assists per set over the three matches ... Lisa Gera led the team with 53 digs (3.79 ps) ... The Bulldogs out-hit their opponents .201 to .200.
Hawai‘i Rainbow Wahine (4-2, 0-0 WAC)
UH went undefeated last week at home to claim The Honolulu Advertiser Challenge ... The Rainbow Wahine defeated No. 12 Minnesota in five sets before sweeping Wyoming and Cincinnati ... Kanani Herring was named Most Outstanding Player after hitting .429 with 4.10 kills and 3.10 digs per set ... The freshman had a career-high 22 kills and 16 digs vs. Minnesota ... She then hit .400 with seven kills and six digs in two sets vs. Wyoming and had 13 kills and nine digs on .571 hitting vs. the Bearcats ... Aneli Cubi-Otineru and Tara Hittle were also named to the all-tournament team ... UH won the Challenge for the sixth time in the last seven years and the 12th time overall in 14 tournaments.
Idaho continues to hold the top spot in the WAC standings after capturing the Idaho Volleyball Classic with sweeps of Washington State, Eastern Washington and Notre Dame ... Sarah Loney, Haley Larsen and Sarah Conwell were named to the all-tournament team, with Loney collecting MVP honors ... Loney averaged 3.67 digs, 1.67 kills and 1.44 blocks per set while hitting .151 ... Larsen led all players with a 5.11 kills-per-set average, had double-digit kills in all three matches and tallied a double-double with 14 kills and 10 digs vs. Notre Dame ... Conwell averaged 2.44 kills and 1.11 blocks per set ... Idaho has now won four consecutive matches for the first time since 2004.
Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters (0-3, 0-0 WAC)
All four of Tech’s matches last week were due to were canceled due to conditions brought about by Hurricane Gustav in the Gulf Region ... Samantha Crowder leads the team with 19 kills and seven blocks in just three matches ... Debora Bolonhini is tops on the team with 32 digs (3.20 ps), while Bianca Bin leads the team with 66 assists (6.60 ps) ... As a team, Louisiana Tech is averaging 8.8 kills per set and a .121 attack percentage.
The Pack went 1-1 at the Nevada Invitational at home last week, falling in three sets to No. 6 UCLA before defeating Seattle (3-1) ... Lindsay Baldwin was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 3.00 kills, 1.29 blocks and 0.43 service aces per set ... Allison Hernandez was also named to the team after averaging 3.00 kills, 3.29 digs and 0.71 blocks over the two matches ... As a team, Nevada averaged 11.86 kills and 12.43 digs per set.
The Aggies went 3-2 last week, sweeping UTEP early in the week before going 2-2 at the Hotel Encanto Classic, where they defeated Florida Gulf Coast (3-0) and Houston (3-2) and lost to No. 4 Texas (0-3) and Utah (1-3) ... Lindsey Yon tallied double-digit kills in four of the five matches on the week and averaged 3.94 per set ... Whitney Woods and Amber Simpson averaged 1.44 and 1.39 blocks per set, respectively ... Senior libero Krystal Torres led the team with a 3.56 digs-per-set average and needs 70 more digs to break the career record at NMSU ... The 17-year record of 1,594 is currently held by Vanessa White, who played from 1988-91.
San Jose State went 1-3 last week, dropping a match at home to St. John’s (1-3), before going 1-2 at the Sacramento State Invitational vs. Saint Mary’s (1-3), Sacramento State (3-1) and Cal State Northridge (2-3) ... Emily Burke was named WAC Player of the Week after becoming the first setter in school history to record a triple double when she had 40 assists, 15 digs and a career-high 10 kills on .571 hitting vs. Saint Mary’s ... She also had a double-double vs. Sac State with 48 assists and 11 digs ... Against Sac State Saturday night, Colleen Burke became the 12th Spartan in school history to record 1,000 or more career kills ... She ended the week with 1,005 career kills.
Utah State went 0-4 last week, falling to Weber State (1-3) last Tuesday, before going 0-3 at the USF Asics/Powerade Challenge last weekend with losses to Texas-Arlington (1-3), UC Santa Barbara (0-3) and San Francisco (0-3) ... Katie Astle was named to the all-tournament team after hitting .300 during the weekend and averaging 1.80 kills and 0.80 blocks per set ... Rebecca Anderson set a school record for hitting percentage with 14 or fewer attempts when she hit .786 and notched a career-high 11 kills against Texas-Arlington ... The previous record was .769, set by Chelsi Neves against UC Irvine on Oct. 19, 2000.