This Week in WAC Volleyball - Oct. 12
New Mexico State senior outside hitter Kayleigh Giddens has been named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 4-10. This is the second WAC Player of the Week honor of the season for Giddens and the fourth of her career.
The Lubbock, Texas, native led the Aggies to road wins at San Jose State and Fresno State. She hit .357 with 6.43 kills, 3.00 digs, 0.57 service aces and 7.50 points per set. Against the Spartans, she tallied 20 kills, seven digs and two service aces. Giddens followed it up with her WAC-leading eighth double-double of the season at Fresno State, tying her career high with 25 kills and 14 digs. She also added four blocks and two service aces. Giddens currently ranks in the Top 10 nationally in kills per set.
Other nominees included: Sadie Maughan of Boise State averaged 2.46 and 1.54 blocks as the Broncos went 2-1 last week … Fresno State’s Brianna Clarke averaged 2.43 kills and 1.14 blocks as the Bulldogs went 1-1 last week … Kelsey Taylor of Idaho averaged 2.54 kills on .481 hitting and 1.45 blocks as the Vandals 2-1 on the week … Louisiana Tech’s Bianca Bin averaged 10.50 assists on the week … Kylie Harrington of Nevada averaged 4.00 kills and 2.75 digs per set as the Wolf Pack went 1-1 last week … San Jose State’s Alex Akana averaged 2.78 kills in three matches last week … Liz McArthur of Utah State averaged 4.44 kills, 2.22 digs and 0.78 service aces as the Aggies went 1-1 on the week.
HAWAI‘I MOVES UP TO NO. 4 IN AVCA POLL
Hawai`i, which was idle last week, moved up one spot to No. 4 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I Coaches Poll released Monday. The Rainbow Wahine also received two first-place votes in the poll.
FOWLES BECOMES UTAH STATE ALL-TIME ASSISTS LEADER
In the fourth set of a win at Idaho last Wednesday, Utah State senior setter Chelsea Fowles dished out her 3,943 career assist to become the school’s all-time assists leader. Fowles, who finished with 48 on the night, broke the previous record of 3,942 held by Carrie Steverson (1988-91). She now has 3,995 on her career, good for 10th in the WAC record books.
WAC IN THE NATIONAL STATS
The WAC currently has four teams ranked in the Top 50 nationally in blocking, led by Idaho in 10th place with 2.87 per set. Utah State (13th, 2.79), Hawai`i (16th, 2.72) and Boise State (41st, 2.51) are also ranked.
In other statistics, Boise State is 48th in winning percentage (.762) and 50th in hitting percentage (.244). Hawai`i is fifth in winning percentage (.933), 26th in kills (13.98), 29th in hitting percentage (.263) and 33rd in assists (12.94). New Mexico State is 47th in hitting percentage (.245), while Utah State is 35th in winning percentage (.778).
Individually, several WAC players rank in the Top 50 in various categories. Hawai`i’s Brittany Hewitt leads the nation in blocks (1.77), followed by Utah State’s Shantell Durrant (12th, 1.38), Fresno State’s Brianna Clarke (18th, 1.32) and Idaho’s Kelsey Taylor (23rd, 1.29). Boise State’s Breann Nesselhuf is 22nd in assists (11.27), while New Mexico State’s Jennah DeVries is 26th (10.95) and Hawai`i’s Dani Mafua is 49th (10.55). Louisiana Tech’s Lori Hunsucker is 40th in digs (5.04), while Utah State’s Liz McArthur is 43rd in service aces (0.42). Hewitt is 27th in hitting percentage (.386), followed by Boise State’s Sadie Maughan (34th, .379) and Clarke (36th, .378). New Mexico State’s Kayleigh Giddens is seventh in kills (4.91), followed by Kanani Danielson of Hawai`i (12th, 4.53) and McArthur (21st, 4.37). Giddens is ninth in points (5.46), followed by Danielson (14th, 5.06) and McArthur (15th, 5.04).
WAC STAT LEADERS
In team statistics, Hawai`i leads the WAC in hitting percentage (.263), assists (12.94), kills (13.98) and opponent hitting percentage (.145). Meanwhile, Louisiana Tech is tops in digs (15.09), while Utah State leads the WAC in service aces (1.51) and Idaho leads the league in blocks (2.87).
In WAC matches only, Hawai`i leads the conference in digs (16.83) and opponent hitting percentage (.118), while New Mexico State is tops in hitting percentage (.304), assists (14.06) and kills (15.12). Utah State is tops in and service aces (1.63) and Idaho leads the league in blocks (3.18).
Individually, New Mexico State’s Kayleigh Giddens leads the WAC in kills (4.91) and points (5.46), while Hawai`i’s Brittany Hewitt is tops in hitting percentage (.386) and blocks (1.77). Breann Nesselhuf of Boise State leads the league in assists (11.21), Liz McArthur of Utah State leads the WAC in service aces (0.42) and Lori Hunsucker of Louisiana Tech is tops in digs (5.04).
In conference matches only, Giddens leads the WAC in kills (6.44) and points (7.25), while Hewitt is tops in blocks (1.82) and hitting percentage (.434). Tatiana Santiago of Nevada leads the league in assists (11.83), while McArthur is tops in service aces (0.68). Hawai`i’s Elizabeth Ka’aihue leads the WAC in digs (5.75).
RAINBOW WAHINE LEAD NATION IN ATTENDANCE
Hawai`i currently leads the nation in attendance with an average of 6,186 fans per match, just under 1,000 fans ahead of the second-place team, Nebraska (5,218). Meanwhile, New Mexico State ranks 20th (1,868) and Fresno State is 42nd (871). 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.
HAWAI’I BOASTS LONGEST CONFERENCE WINNING STREAK IN THE NATION
With 29 consecutive WAC wins, Hawai`i currently boasts the longest active conference winning streak in the nation, just ahead of Central Arkansas and Lipscomb with 27. The Rainbow Wahine had been behind North Dakota State, which had a streak of 42 straight conference victories until it fell to IPFW Oct. 1.
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 about the 2010 WAC Volleyball Tournament, click here.
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 (16-5, 3-3 WAC)
The Broncos defeated Idaho State 3-1 (28-26, 14-25, 25-13, 25-14) last Tuesday, fell in four sets to Nevada (33-31, 19-25, 19-25, 21-25) last Thursday and defeated Utah State in five sets (24-26, 25-21, 25-19, 21-25, 15-7) on Saturday ... Sadie Maughan had a career-best 10 blocks against Idaho State ... Amanda Remy had a career-high 25 digs vs. Utah State ... Maughan currently ranks sixth all-time in career blocks (384) at Boise State ... As a team, Boise State ranks 41st nationally in blocks per set (2.51), 48th in winning percentage (.762) and 50th in hitting percentage (.244) ... Breann Nesselhuf leads the WAC and ranks 22nd in the nation with 11.23 assists per set ... Maughan ranks 34th nationally in hitting percentage (.379) ... The Broncos play at New Mexico State on Thursday and at Louisiana Tech on Saturday.
FRESNO STATE BULLDOGS (7-10, 2-4 WAC)
Fresno State swept Louisiana Tech (25-17, 25-15, 25-23) last Thursday and fell in four sets to New Mexico State (25-23, 17-25, 20-25, 14-25) on Saturday ... Against LA Tech, Marissa Brand led Fresno State with 19 kills, while Taylor Horton added 11 and Brianna Clarke finished with nine kills on .438 hitting ... Kelly Mason posted a match-high 23 digs ... In the loss to the Aggies, Lauren Berger tallied 11 kills on .350 hitting, while Brand also added 11 kills and 14 digs for her sixth double-double of the season ... Clarke currently ranks 18th nationally in blocks per set (1.32) and 36th in hitting percentage (.378) ... The Bulldogs play at Hawai`i on Sunday in their only match this week.
HAWAI‘I RAINBOW WAHINE (14-1, 4-0 WAC)
Hawai`i was idle last week ... The Rainbow Wahine moved up one spot in the AVCA poll to No. 4 ... Elizabeth Ka‘aihue is averaging 4.57 digs per set on the season, on pace to break the Hawai`i record (4.22). She also ranks fifth in career digs (1,174) and tops the UH career list in digs per set (3.51) ... As a team, Hawai`i ranks fifth nationally in winning percentage (.933), 16th in blocks per set (2.72), 26th in kills per set (13.98), 29th in hitting percentage (.263) and 33rd in assists per set (12.94) ... Hewitt leads the nation with 1.77 blocks per set and ranks 27th with a .386 hitting percentage ... Kanani Danielson is 12th nationally in kills per set (4.53) and 14th in points per set (5.06) ... Dani Mafua ranks 49th nationally with 10.55 assists per set ... The Rainbow Wahine host San Jose State on Friday and Fresno State on Sunday.
IDAHO VANDALS (9-9, 4-3 WAC)
The Vandals swept San Jose State (25-21, 25-19, 25-19) last Monday, fell to Utah State in four sets (18-25, 22-25, 25-20, 17-25) last Wednesday and defeated Nevada in four sets (25-16, 18-25, 27-25, 25-16) on Saturday ... Against the Spartans, Allison Walker tied her career high for kills in a three-set match with 16 ... In the loss to the Aggies, Jenny Feicht posted her fourth double-double of the season, finishing with 49 assists and 10 digs ... Against Nevada, Walker led Idaho with 13 kills, while Milo finished with 12 and Kelsey Taylor had eight blocks ... Taylor recorded her 300th career block last week and now has 310 ... As a team, Idaho ranks 10th nationally with 2.87 blocks per set ... Taylor currently ranks 23rd nationally in blocks per set (1.29) ... The Vandals play at Louisiana Tech on Thursday and at New Mexico State on Saturday.
LOUISIANA TECH LADY TECHSTERS (10-10, 0-5 WAC)
Louisiana Tech fell at Fresno State (17-25, 15-25, 23-25) and at San Jose State (21-25, 22-25, 23-25) last week ... Against Fresno State, Taylor Fritz was just shy of a double-double, finishing with 10 digs and nine kills ... Kassia Pinto tallied 11 digs and eight kills ... At San Jose State, Kara Jones and Kassia Pinto had 14 and 10 kills, respectively, while Bianca Bin recorded her seventh 30-plus assist performance of the season, finishing 35 ... Lori Hunsucker leads the WAC and ranks 40th nationally with 5.04 digs per set ... With 336 career blocks, Jones currently ranks third all-time on the Louisiana Tech career blocks list, 47 shy of KC Clayton in second place ... The Lady Techsters host Idaho on Thursday and Boise State on Saturday.
NEVADA WOLF PACK (9-9, 3-2 WAC)
Nevada picked up its first road win of the season at Boise State (31-33, 25-19, 25-19, 25-21) last Thursday before falling in four sets (16-25, 25-18, 25-27, 16-25) at Idaho on Saturday ... Against the Broncos, Kylie Harrington led the Pack with her team-leading fourth double-double of the season of 15 kills and 13 digs ... At Idaho, Harrington posted a match-high 17 kills to go with nine digs ... Nicole Link has 1,265 career digs to rank third all-time at Nevada ... Lindsay Baldwin moved into third place in total blocks at Nevada with 437. She needs one solo block to give her 43 in her career and move into a tie for 10th on the Pack career list. Baldwin is also five block assists from 400 in her career ... The Wolf Pack host Utah State on Friday and New Mexico State on Sunday.
NEW MEXICO STATE AGGIES (10-9, 4-1 WAC)
New Mexico State swept San Jose State (25-13, 25-14, 25-20) on Thursday and defeated Fresno State in four sets (23-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-14) on Saturday ... At San Jose State, Kayleigh Giddens had a match-high 20 kills, while Jennah DeVries and Ellen Miks posted match highs of 35 assists and 16 digs, respectively ... Giddens posted her WAC-leading eighth double-double of the season at Fresno State, finishing with a career-high-tying 25 kills and 14 digs ... As a team, NM State ranks 47th nationally in hitting percentage (.245) ... DeVries leads the WAC and ranks 26th nationally with 11.23 assists per set ... Giddens leads the WAC and ranks seventh in the nation with 4.91 kills per set. She also ranks ninth nationally with 5.46 points per set ... The Aggies host Boise State on Thursday, Idaho on Saturday and Nevada on Sunday.
SAN JOSE STATE SPARTANS (8-12, 3-4 WAC)
San Jose State fell in straight sets at Idaho (21-25, 19-25, 19-25) last Monday and in straight sets at New Mexico State (13-25, 14-25, 20-25) on Thursday before sweeping Louisiana Tech (25-21, 25-22, 25-23) on Saturday ... Against the Vandals, Hanah Blume led SJSU with 12 kills and 10 digs for her fourth double-double of the season ... In the sweep of the Lady Techsters, Alex Akana led the Spartans with 13 kills on .455 hitting ... With three WAC wins this season, the Spartans have tripled their conference win total from a year ago ... The Spartans play at Hawai`i on Friday in their only match this week.
UTAH STATE AGGIES (14-4, 2-3 WAC)
Utah State defeated Idaho in four sets (25-18, 25-22, 20-25, 25-17) in front of a national television audience on ESPNU last Wednesday, then fell in five sets (26-24, 21-25, 19-25, 25-21, 7-15) at Boise State on Saturday ... Chelsea Fowles became the all-time assists leader at Utah State against Idaho, passing Carrie Steverson (1988-91) for the school record. Fowles now has 3,995 career assists ... Liz McArthur had a match-high 20 kills vs. Idaho ... McArthur posted her seventh double-double of the season with 20 kills and 11 digs vs. the Broncos ... As a team, Utah State ranks 13th nationally in blocks (2.79) and 35th in winning percentage (.778) ... Shantell Durrant ranks 12th in the nation in blocks (1.38), Liz McArthur is 15th in points (5.04), 21st in kills (4.37) and 43rd in aces (0.42) ... The Aggies play at Nevada on Friday in their only match this week.