This Week in WAC Volleyball - Sept. 28
New Mexico State senior outside hitter Kayleigh Giddens has been named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 20-26. This is the first WAC Player of the Week honor of the season for Giddens and the third of her career.
The Lubbock, Texas, native led the Aggies to a pair of wins over Louisiana Tech to open WAC play. She hit .513 with 7.67 kills, 3.33 digs, 0.50 service aces and 8.42 points per set. In the first match against the Lady Techsters, Giddens posted her WAC-leading seventh double-double of the season with a season-high 24 kills and 12 digs. She also added three blocks and a service ace. In the second match against LA Tech, she tallied 22 kills on a career-high .556 hitting to go with eight digs and two service aces.
Other nominees included: Alisha Young of Boise State averaged 2.6 kills on .315 hitting, 1.8 blocks and 0.4 service aces as the Broncos went 1-1 last week … Fresno State’s Brianna Clarke averaged 3.88 kills on .387 hitting to go with 1.25 blocks last week … Chanteal Satele of Hawai`i averaged 3.83 kills on .390 hitting, 2.50 digs and 1.33 blocks per set as the Rainbow Wahine went 2-0 on the week … Idaho’s Allison Walker had 16 kills on .308 hitting in the match at San Jose State last week … Kara Jones of Louisiana Tech averaged moved into third place all-time at LA Tech with 333 career blocks … San Jose State’s Alex Akana averaged 2.50 kills on .310 hitting as the Spartans went 1-1 on the week ... Liz McArthur of Utah State had 12 kills and 11 digs for her third-straight double-double in a loss at No. 5 Hawai`i.
FIRST OF FIVE WAC MATCHES TO AIR ON ESPNU THIS WEEK
The first of five WAC matches on ESPNU this season will air this Wednesday, Sept. 29, when Hawai`i plays at New Mexico State. The Aggies are the last team to hand the Rainbow Wahine a WAC loss, back on Oct. 12, 2008.
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)
NEVADA’S HARRINGTON NOTCHES 1,000th CAREER KILL VS. UNLV
In the second set of Nevada’s match at UNLV Monday, senior Kylie Harrington notched her 1,000th career kill to become the 10th player in school history to reach the milestone. She finished the match with eight kills to move her career total to 1,006.
HAWAI‘I FALLS TO NO. 6, UTAH STATE RECEIVING VOTES
Despite sweeping Utah State and Nevada last week, Hawai`i dropped one spot to No. 6 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I Coaches Poll released Monday. Meanwhile, Utah State, which is 12-2 on the year, received seven votes in the poll.
WAC IN THE NATIONAL STATS
The WAC currently has four teams ranked in the Top 50 nationally in blocking, led by Utah State in 17th place with 2.77 per set. Hawai`i (19th, 2.72), Idaho (26th, 2.60) and Boise State (28th, 2.58) are also ranked.
In other statistics, Boise State is 27th in hitting percentage (.267) and 38th in winning percentage (.813). Hawai`i is eighth in winning percentage (.923), 30th in kills (13.94), 34th in assists (12.89) and 40th in hitting percentage (.254). New Mexico State is 46th in hitting percentage (.251), while Utah State is 22nd in winning percentage (.857).
Individually, several WAC players rank in the Top 50 in various categories. Hawai`i’s Brittany Hewitt leads the nation in blocks (1.79), followed by Fresno State’s Brianna Clarke (14th, 1.40), Utah State’s Shantell Durrant (17th, 1.35) and Boise State’s Alisha Young (50th, 1.22). Boise State’s Breann Nesselhuf is 17th in assists (11.26), while New Mexico State’s Jennah DeVries is 31st (10.90). Louisiana Tech’s Lori Hunsucker is 36th in digs (5.13). Boise State’s Sadie Maughan is 27th in hitting percentage (.389), followed by Clarke (42nd, .375) and New Mexico State’s Kelsey Brennan (49th, .369). New Mexico State’s Kayleigh Giddens is eighth in kills (4.83), followed by Kanani Danielson of Hawai`i (12th, 4.62) and Utah State’s Liz McArthur (18th, 4.38).
WAC STAT LEADERS
In team statistics, Boise State leads the WAC in hitting percentage (.267) and service aces (1.57). Hawai`i leads the league in assists (12.89) and kills (13.94), while Louisiana Tech is tops in digs (15.41) and opponent hitting percentage (.146). Meanwhile while Utah State leads the league in blocks (2.77).
Individually, New Mexico State’s Kayleigh Giddens leads the WAC in kills (4.83) and points (5.34), while Boise State’s Sadie Maughan is tops in hitting percentage (.389). Breann Nesselhuf of Boise State leads the league in assists (11.26), while Hawai`i’s Brittany Hewitt leads the WAC in blocks (1.79). Kersti Whitney of Boise State leads the WAC in service aces (0.39), while Lori Hunsucker of Louisiana Tech is tops in digs (5.12).
RAINBOW WAHINE LEAD NATION IN ATTENDANCE
Hawai`i currently leads the nation in attendance with an average of 6,186 fans per match, just over 100 fans ahead of the second-place team, Nebraska (6,056). All 13 of Hawai`i’s home matches this season rank in the Top 20 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 15th (1,898) and Fresno State is 31st (1,145).
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)
BOISE STATE BRONCOS (13-3, 1-1 WAC)
The Broncos defeated San Jose State (23-25, 25-21, 25-19, 22-25, 15-9) last Thursday, before falling in five sets (25-19, 27-29, 25-21, 23-25, 7-15) at Fresno State on Saturday, snapping a 10-match winning streak ... Against SJSU, Alisha Young had a double-double with 12 kills and a career-high 10 blocks, while setter Breann Nesselhuf posted a double-double with 46 assists and 12 digs ... Against the Bulldogs, Sadie Maughan had 17 kills, while Fiona Jones posted a double-double of 13 kills and 10 digs ... Boise State ranks 27th nationally in hitting percentage (.267), 28th in blocks (2.58) and 38th in winning percentage (.813) ... Nesselhuf ranks 17th in the nation in assists (11.26), while Maughan is 27th in hitting percentage (.389) and Young is 50th in blocks (1.22) ... The Broncos host Idaho on Wednesday and play at Idaho on Saturday.
FRESNO STATE BULLDOGS (6-7, 1-1 WAC)
Fresno State fell in three sets (22-25, 22-25, 17-25) to Idaho on Thursday before defeating Boise State in five sets (19-25, 29-27, 21-25, 25-23, 15-7) on Saturday ... In the loss to Idaho, Brianna Clarke led all players with 13 kills, while Marissa Brand posted a double-double of 11 kills and 15 digs ... Against the Broncos, Clarke led all players with a season-high 18 kills to go with eight blocks ... Clarke currently ranks 14th in the nation in blocks (1.4) and 42nd in hitting percentage (.375) ... The Bulldogs play at Utah State on Thursday and at Nevada on Saturday.
HAWAI‘I RAINBOW WAHINE (12-1, 2-0 WAC)
Hawai`i swept Utah State (26-24, 25-17, 25-17) and Nevada (25-19, 25-18 25-20) last week ... Against the Aggies, Kanani Danielson posted a double-double of 15 kills and 10 digs, while Chanteal Satele finished with a career-high-tying 14 kills, nine digs and six blocks ... Setter Dani Mafua had a double-double of 36 assists and 11 digs ... Against the Wolf Pack, Danielson posted a double-double of 12 kills and 10 digs, while Emily Hartong finished with 11 kills on .714 hitting ... Elizabeth Ka`aihue tallied a season-high 22 digs ... Hawai`i ranks eighth nationally in winning percentage (.923), 19th in blocks (2.72), 30th in kills (13.94), 34th in assists (12.89) and 40th in hitting percentage (.254) ... The Rainbow Wahine make their first road trip of the season this week when they face New Mexico State in a nationally-televised match on Wednesday on ESPNU and play at Louisiana Tech on Friday.
IDAHO VANDALS (6-7, 1-1 WAC)
The Vandals swept past Fresno State (25-22, 25-22, 25-17) last Thursday before falling in five sets at San Jose State (17-25, 25-21, 25-18, 15-25, 8-15) on Saturday ... In the win over the Bulldogs, Alicia Milo was just short of a double-double, finishing with 10 kills and nine digs ... In the loss to the Spartans, Allison Walker and Miranda Pratt led Idaho with 16 kills apiece ... The Vandals out-blocked San Jose State 9.5-2 ... Idaho ranks 26th nationally in block per set (2.6) ... The Vandals play at Boise State on Wednesday and host the Broncos on Saturday.
LOUISIANA TECH LADY TECHSTERS (9-7, 0-2 WAC)
Louisiana Tech fell to New Mexico State in three sets (23-25, 20-25, 11-25) last Thursday and fell at New Mexico State (18-25, 19-25, 12-25) on Saturday to lose back-to-back matches for the first time all season ... In the first match, Taylor Fritz led the team with 10 kills ... In the second match, the .500 hitting percentage by NM State was the highest such total for a Tech opponent this season ... Lori Hunsucker currently leads the WAC and ranks 36th in the nation with 5.13 digs per set ... With two blocks on the week, Kara Jones moved into third place all-time on the LA Tech career blocks list with 333. She needs 53 to catch KC Clayton in second place ... The Lady Techsters host No. 6 Hawai`i on Friday and play a non-conference match at Grambling State on Saturday.
NEVADA WOLF PACK (6-8, 0-1 WAC)
Nevada fell in three sets (19-25, 18-25, 20-25) at No. 5 Hawai`i last Friday in their only match of the week ... Kylie Harrington and Lindsay Baldwin each tallied eight kills in the loss ... With 29 assists in the match, setter Tatiana Santiago became the 10th player in school history to reach 1,000 career assists ... On Monday, the Wolf Pack fell in five sets (20-25, 21-25, 28-26, 25-21, 10-15) at UNLV ... Harrington notched eight kills in the match to become 10th player in school history to reach 1,000. She now has 1,006 on her career ... Nevada has now lost a season-high five matches in a row ...The Wolf Pack host San Jose State on Thursday and Fresno State on Saturday.
NEW MEXICO STATE AGGIES (8-7, 2-0 WAC)
NM State swept Louisiana Tech on the road (25-23, 25-20, 25-11) last Thursday and at home (25-18, 25-19, 25-12) on Saturday ... Kayleigh Giddens posted her WAC-leading seventh double-double of the season with a season-high 24 kills and 12 digs ... She followed it up with 22 kills on a career-high .556 hitting in the second match ... The Aggies hit a season-high .500 in the second match ... NM State is out-hitting its opponents .251 to .196 on the year ... The Aggies rank 46th nationally in hitting percentage (.251) ... Giddens leads the WAC and ranks eighth nationally in kills (4.83), while Jennah DeVries is 31st in assists (10.90) and Kelsey Brennan is 49th in hitting percentage (.369) ... The Aggies host No. 6 Hawai`i for a nationally-televised match on ESPNU on Wednesday and host Arizona on Sunday ... The match vs. the Wildcats will air on FSN Arizona.
SAN JOSE STATE SPARTANS (6-9, 1-1 WAC)
San Jose State fell in five sets (25-23, 21-25, 19-25, 25-22, 9-15) to Boise State last Thursday, then defeated Idaho in five sets (25-17, 21-25, 18-25, 25-15, 15-8) on Saturday to pick up its first win over the Vandals since the 2007 season ... In the loss to the Broncos, Alex Akana led the team with 16 kills on .419 hitting ... In the win over the Vandals, Taylor Japhet led all players with a career-high 19 kills, while Brianna Amian had a double-double of 11 kills and 11 digs ... Sarah Griest added a season-high 11 kills and hit .500 ... Setter Caitlin Andrade had 50 assists in both matches ... The Spartans play at Nevada on Thursday and at Utah State on Saturday.
UTAH STATE AGGIES (12-2, 0-1 WAC)
Utah State fell 26-24, 25-17, 25-17 at No. 5 Hawai`i last Thursday in their only match of the week ... Liz McArthur had 12 kills and 11 digs for her third-straight double-double and the 11th of her career ... Utah State hit a season-low .108 in the match ... The Aggies rank 17th in the nation in blocks (2.77) and 22nd in winning percentage (.857) ... Shantell Durrant currently ranks 17th nationally in blocks (1.35), while McArthur is 18th in kills (4.38) ... Christine Morrill, the WAC’s active leader in career digs with 1,535, is 79 shy of the Utah State career record of 1,614, held by Kelsi Peterson (2003-06) ... Chelsea Fowles, the WAC’s active leader in career assists with 3,825, is 117 away from the Utah State career record of 3,942, held by Carrie Steverson (1988-91) ... The Aggies host Fresno State on Thursday and San Jose State on Saturday.