BOISE STATE’S MAUGHAN EARNS WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
Boise State senior middle blocker Sadie Maughan was named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 13-19. This is the first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor for Maughan.
The Murray, Utah (Murray HS) native was named MVP of the NFINITY Wildcat Classic last weekend after leading the Broncos to the tournament title with wins over High Point, Eastern Michigan and host Davidson. Maughan hit a blazing .638 with 3.40 kills and 1.10 blocks per set over the three matches. Against Eastern Michigan, she tallied 12 kills on .733 hitting. Maughan followed it up with 13 kills on a school-record and WAC season-high .867 hitting to go with seven blocks vs. Davidson. Boise State is now 12-2 on the season, its best start since 2004.
Other nominees included: Kelly Mason of Fresno State was named to the all-tournament team at the Fresno State Invitational after averaging 3.73 digs per set … Hawai`i’s Elizabeth Ka`aihue averaged 5.17 digs and 0.50 service aces in a pair of wins over Brigham Young … Kelsey Taylor of Idaho was named to the all-tournament team at the Gonzaga Tournament after averaging 2.33 kills on .338 hitting, 1.08 blocks and 0.83 digs per set … Louisiana Tech’s Taylor Fritz averaged 2.83 kills and 2.42 digs en route to all-tournament team honors at the Nicholls Challenge last weekend … Grace Anxo of Nevada averaged 2.95 points, 2.40 kills and 1.80 digs per set … New Mexico State’s Kayleigh Giddens averaged 4.33 kills and 2.60 digs per set over four matches last week … Hanah Blume of San Jose State was named to the all-tournament team at the UNLV Classic after averaging 3.20 kills and 1.50 digs last week ... Utah State’s Christine Morrill averaged 4.79 digs and 0.58 assists as the Aggies went 3-1 last week.
NUMEROUS WAC PLAYERS NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS LAST WEEKEND
The WAC had 10 of its players named to all-tournament teams last weekend, including one MVP. Sadie Maughan of Boise State was named MVP of the NFINITY Wildcat Classic and was joined on the all-tournament team by teammate Breann Nesselhuf. Meanwhile, Kelly Mason of Fresno State was named to the all-tournament team at the Fresno State Invitational and Kelsey Taylor of Idaho earned all-tournament team honors at the Gonzaga Tournament. Taylor Fritz and Kara Jones of Louisiana Tech earned spots on the Nicholls Challenge all-tournament team, while Kayleigh Giddens of New Mexico State was named to the Arizona Invitational all-tournament team. San Jose State’s Hanah Blume was named to the UNLV Classic all-tournament team, while Liz McArthur and Christine Morrill of Utah State were named to the Utah State Invitational all-tournament team.
DANIELSON NOTCHES 1,000TH CAREER KILL
Hawai`i junior outside hitter Kanani Danielson hammered her 1,000th career kill in the first set against Brigham Young last Saturday and finished with 11 on the night. Danielson is the 17th player in program history to reach the 1,000-kill milestone. She finished the night raising her career total to 1,007 kills.
MAUGHAN SETS SCHOOL RECORD FOR HITTING PERCENTAGE
In a three-set sweep of Davidson last Saturday, Boise State’s Sadie Maughan tallied a match-high 13 kills and set a school record with a .867 hitting percentage (13 kills, 0 errors, 15 attempts). Maughan took over the No. 1 spot on the Boise State single match hitting percentage chart, knocking off Angela Barbera, who had a .833 percentage (10-0-12) on Nov. 25, 2000. Maughan crushed her former career-best of .692 (9-0-13).
HAWAI‘I MOVES TO NO. 5, UTAH STATE RECEIVING VOTES
With a pair of wins over Brigham Young last weekend, Hawai`i moved up one spot to No. 5 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I Coaches Poll released Monday. Meanwhile, Utah State, which is 12-1 on the year, received 14 votes in the poll.
UTAH STATE TIED FOR THIRD-BEST START IN SCHOOL HISTORY
With its 12-1 record thus far this year, Utah State is tied with the 1979 AIAW national runner-up team for the third-best start to a season in school history as that team also won 12 of its first 13 matches.
WAC IN THE NATIONAL STATS
The WAC currently has five teams ranked in the Top 50 nationally in blocking, led by Utah State in 13th place with 2.81 per set. Hawai`i (24th, 2.71), Idaho (26th, 2.64), Fresno State (33rd, 2.55) and Boise State (36th, 2.53) are also ranked.
In other statistics, Boise State is 27th in winning percentage (.857), 34th in hitting percentage (.267), 36th in kills (13.88) and 39th in assists (12.83). Hawai`i is 18th in winning percentage (.909), 38th in kills (13.85), and 43rd in both assists (12.68) and hitting percentage (.254). Louisiana Tech is 48th in digs (16.22), while Utah State is 14th in winning percentage (.923).
Individually, several WAC players rank in the Top 50 in various categories. Boise State’s Breann Nesselhuf is 13th in assists (11.44), while New Mexico State’s Jennah DeVries is 35th (10.83). Hawai`i’s Brittany Hewitt is second in blocks (1.76), followed by Fresno State’s Brianna Clarke (7th, 1.49) and Utah State’s Shantell Durrant (20th, 1.37). Louisiana Tech’s Lori Hunsucker is 18th in digs (5.4). Boise State’s Sadie Maughan is 29th in hitting percentage (.397), followed by Hewitt (49th, .373) and New Mexico State’s Kelsey Brennan (50th, .373). Kanani Danielson of Hawai`i is ninth in kills (4.63), followed by New Mexico State’s Kayleigh Giddens (14th, 4.46) and Utah State’s Liz McArthur (19th, 4.40). Danielson is 11th in points (5.23), followed by McArthur (19th, 5.01), Giddens (24th, 4.93) and Boise State’s Alisha Young (49th, 4.48)
WAC STAT LEADERS
In team statistics, Boise State leads the WAC in hitting percentage (.267), assists (12.83), kills (13.88) and service aces (1.56). Louisiana Tech is tops in digs (16.22) and opponent hitting percentage (.119), while Utah State leads the league in blocks (2.81).
Individually, Hawai`i’s Kanani Danielson leads the WAC in kills (4.63) and points (5.23), while Boise State’s Sadie Maughan is tops in hitting percentage (.397). Breann Nesselhuf of Boise State leads the league in assists (11.44), while Hawai`i’s Brittany Hewitt leads the WAC in blocks (1.76). Chelsea Fowles of Utah State leads the WAC in service aces (0.40), while Lori Hunsucker of Louisiana Tech is tops in digs (5.40).
RAINBOW WAHINE LEAD NATION IN ATTENDANCE
A month in to the 2010 season, Hawai`i currently leads the nation in attendance with an average of 6,257 fans per match, just over 200 fans ahead of the second-place team, Nebraska (6,056). All 11 of Hawai`i’s home matches this season rank in the Top 16 nationally for individual match attendance. The Rainbow Wahine have led the nation in average attendance in each of the last 16 seasons. Meanwhile, New Mexico State ranks 14th with a 1,898 average.
2010 WAC TOURNAMENT RETURNS TO LAS VEGAS
The 2010 WAC Volleyball Tournament will be held Nov. 22-24 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., and will include the top six teams in the regular-season standings. The championship match will be televised live on ESPNU.
All-session tickets are $45 and can be purchased through each institution’s ticket office. For more information on the WAC Volleyball Tournament, visit www.wacsports.com.
2010 WAC TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Monday, Nov. 22 (Quarterfinals)
No. 3 Seed vs. No. 6 Seed, 5 p.m.
No. 4 Seed vs. No. 5 Seed, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 23 (Semifinals)
Winner Match 1 vs. No. 2 seed, 5 p.m.
Winner Match 2 vs. No. 1 Seed, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 24 (Championship)
Winner Match 3 vs. Winner Match 4, 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
FOUR REGULAR-SEASON MATCHES TO AIR ON ESPNU
ESPNU will televise four regular-season matches this season and five total, as it will also air the championship match of the WAC Tournament.
The complete schedule of 2010 WAC volleyball matches that will air on ESPNU is listed below.
Wednesday, Sept. 29, Hawai`i at New Mexico State 8 p.m. (MT)
Wednesday, Oct. 6, Utah State at Idaho, 7 p.m. (PT)
Thursday, Oct. 21, Hawai`i at Idaho, 8 p.m. (PT)
Monday, Oct. 25, Hawai`i at Utah State, 8 p.m. (MT)
Wednesday, Nov. 25, WAC Tournament Championship Match, 6:30 p.m. (PT)
BOISE STATE BRONCOS (12-2, 0-0 WAC)
The Broncos went undefeated last week to win the NFINITY Classic, defeating High Point (24-26, 25-23, 25-18, 25-14), Eastern Michigan (25-22, 25-19, 25-16) and host Davidson (25-12, 25-23, 25-14) ... Sadie Maughan was named MVP of the tournament after averaging 3.40 kills on .638 hitting and 1.10 blocks per set over the three matches ... Breann Nesselhuf was also named to the all-tournament team after averaging 11.60 assists, 2.30 digs, 1.20 blocks and 0.40 service aces per set ... Maughan set the Boise State record for hitting percentage in a match against Davidson with .867 ... At 12-2, the Broncos are off to their best start since 2004 ... The Broncos open WAC play with a Thursday match at San Jose State and a Saturday match at Fresno State.
FRESNO STATE BULLDOGS (5-6, 0-0 WAC)
Fresno State went 2-1 last week to finish in second place at the Fresno State Invitational last weekend, falling to No. 7 USC (14-25, 16-25, 21-25) before defeating Sacramento State (14-25, 25-13, 11-25, 25-12, 15-13) and Cal State Bakersfield (25-15, 25-17, 25-19) ... Kelly Mason earned her second all-tournament team honor of the season as the senior averaged 3.73 digs per set over the three matches ... As a team, Fresno State ranks 33rd nationally in blocks with 2.55 per set ... Individually, Brianna Clarke ranks seventh in the nation in blocking with a 1.49 average ... The Bulldogs host Idaho on Thursday and Boise State on Saturday to open WAC play.
HAWAI‘I RAINBOW WAHINE (10-1, 0-0 WAC)
Hawai`i swept a pair of matches against Brigham Young last weekend, 25-23, 25-11, 25-10 and 25-23, 25-13, 25-16 to close out non-conference play ... Elizabeth Ka`aihue posted her 10th and 11th consecutive double-digit dig matches of the season, finishing with 15 and 16 digs, respectively ... Kanani Danielson became the 17th player in school history to reach the 1,000-kill plateau last Friday. She now has 1,007 on her career ... Hawai`i ranks 18th nationally in winning percentage (.909), 24th in blocks (2.71), 38th in kills (13.85), and 43rd in both assists (12.68) and hitting percentage (.254) ... Individually, Brittany Hewitt ranks second in the nation in blocks (1.76) and 49th in hitting percentage (.373) ... Danielson ranks ninth nationally in kills (4.63) and 11th in points (5.23) ... The Rainbow Wahine open WAC play by hosting Utah State on Thursday and Nevada on Friday.
IDAHO VANDALS (5-6, 0-0 WAC)
The Vandals went 1-2 at the Gonzaga Tournament last week, falling to Seattle (25-17, 20-25, 19-25, 14-25) and Wyoming (16-25, 15-25, 26-28) before defeating the host Bulldogs in five sets (21-25, 25-15, 25-21, 18-25, 23-21) ... Kelsey Taylor was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 2.33 kills on .338 hitting, 1.08 blocks and 0.83 digs per set ... Setter Ryann Carter stepped in over the weekend for the Vandals and recorded 102 assists on two-plus matches, putting her at 110 for the season ... As a team, Idaho ranks 26th nationally in blocks (2.64) ... Idaho opens WAC play on the road, playing at Fresno State on Thursday and at San Jose State on Saturday.
LOUISIANA TECH LADY TECHSTERS (9-5, 0-0 WAC)
Louisiana Tech went 2-1 at the Nicholls Challenge last week, falling to Houston (25-23, 15-25, 12-25, 19-25), before defeating Southeast Louisiana (25-23, 25-17, 25-15) and Nicholls State (25-16, 22-25, 25-17, 25-27, 15-10) ... Taylor Fritz and Kara Jones were named to all-tournament team ... Fritz picked up her second double-double of the season with 14 kills and a career-high 18 digs vs. Nicholls State ... Kassia Pinto and Bianca Bin also had double-doubles ... Jones is tied with Tanya Jarvis for third on the LA Tech career blocks list with 328 ... Lori Hunsucker’s career-high 31 digs at Nicholls State was the sixth-best performance in school history and the most since sets have been played to 25 ... The Techsters host New Mexico State on Thursday and play at New Mexico State on Saturday.
NEVADA WOLF PACK (6-6, 0-0 WAC)
Nevada went 0-3 at the UC Davis Tournament, falling to Portland (25-21, 18-25, 23-25, 17-25), Oregon State (14-25, 16-25, 19-25) and the host Aggies (10-25, 32-25, 12-25) ... Kylie Harrington moved into sixth place on Nevada’s career points list after the weekend with 1,100.5 ... Nicole Link moved into fourth place on the Wolf Pack career digs list after last weekend with a total of 1,179 ... Harrington needs 10 kills to become the 10th player in Nevada history to reach the 1,000-kill mark ... Tatiana Santiago is two assists away from 1,000 on her career ... The Wolf Pack opens WAC play at No. 5 Hawai`i in their only match this week.
NEW MEXICO STATE AGGIES (6-7, 0-0 WAC)
New Mexico State went 0-4 last week, falling to instate rival New Mexico (25-20, 16-25, 25-21, 17-25, 7-15) before going 0-3 at the Arizona Tournament with losses to Pepperdine (21-25, 26-28, 25-22, 17-25), Texas State (24-26, 24-26, 20-25) and the host Wildcats (18-25, 19-25, 24-26) ... Kayleigh Giddens was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 5.00 kills on .308 hitting ... Giddens posted a team season-high 23 kills against 2009 NCAA Tournament participant Texas State ... Giddens also posted her WAC-leading sixth double-double of the season with 17 kills and 12 digs vs. Pepperdine ... Jennah DeVries ranks 35th nationally in assists (10.83), Kelsey Brennan is 50th in hitting percentage (.373), and Giddens is 14th in kills (4.46) and 24th in points (4.93) ... The Aggies play at Louisiana Tech on Thursday and host the Lady Techsters on Saturday.
SAN JOSE STATE SPARTANS (5-8, 0-0 WAC)
San Jose State went 1-2 at the UNLV Classic last weekend, falling to Xavier (14-25, 18-25, 16-25) and Cal State Northridge (17-25, 19-25, 25-23, 19-25) and defeating the host Rebels (25-19, 25-23, 16-25, 25-21) ... Hanah Blume was named to the UNLV Classic all-tournament team after averaging 3.20 kills and 1.50 digs per set ... Blume was just shy of a double-double against UNLV, finishing with 17 kills and nine digs ... Against Cal State Northridge, Blume hit .370 with 13 kills on 27 attempts and just three errors ... With five wins already this season, San Jose State has quintupled its win total from a year ago ... The Spartans host Boise State on Thursday and Idaho on Saturday to open WAC play.
UTAH STATE AGGIES (12-1, 0-0 WAC)
Utah State defeated in-state rival Brigham Young (25-23, 25-23, 19-25, 19-25, 18-16) last Tuesday before going 2-1 at the Utah State Invitational over the weekend, defeating Loyola Marymount (25-16, 18-25, 25-19, 22-25, 16-14) and UC Riverside (25-17, 20-25, 26-24, 26-24), and falling to Utah Valley (25-16, 29-27, 25-27, 23-25, 18-20) ... Christine Morrill and Liz McArthur were named to the all-tournament team. Morrill averaged 5.21 digs, while McArthur averaged 4.29 kills and 1.93 digs ... Morrill tallied a career-high 32 digs against UVU and a career-high seven assists against LMU ... Utah State is receiving votes in the AVCA poll for the third-straight week ... The team is tied with the 1979 AIAW National runner-up team for the third-best start to a season in school history ... The Aggies open WAC play at No. 5 Hawai`i on Thursday.