This Week in WAC Volleyball - Nov. 8
NEVADA’S BALDWIN EARNS WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
Idaho freshman outside hitter Allison Walker has been named Verizon Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 1-7. This is the first WAC Player of the Week honor of her career.
Walker, from Othello, Wash. (Othello HS), led the Vandals to a pair of five-set road victories last week over Nevada and Utah State. Walker had a double-double in Idaho’s win at Utah State, compiling career-highs of 27 kills and five blocks with 11 digs. She had 22 kills, four digs and three blocks in the victory at Nevada. On the week, Walker tallied 49 kills with a .284 hitting percentage. She averaged 4.9 kills, 1.5 digs and 5.4 points per set.
Other nominees included: Alisha Young of Boise State averaged 3.57 kills as the Broncos went 1-1 … Fresno State’s Brianna Clarke had 24 kills in seven sets … Kanani Danielson led Hawai‘i with 2.75 kills and 3.75 digs per set over to matches … Nevada’s Kylie Harrington recorded 37 kills in two matches … Jennah DeVries led New Mexico State with 104 assists and 21 digs in a pair of wins … Utah State’s Katie Astle hit .630 with 18 kills over two matches.
HAWAI‘I MOVES UP TO NO. 3 IN AVCA POLL
Hawai`i moved up one spot to No. 3 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I Coaches Poll released Monday. The Rainbow Wahine received one first-place vote in the poll.
FOUR OF FIVE WAC ESPNU MATCHES HAVE AIRED THIS SEASON
Four of WAC’s five ESPNU televised matches have aired so far this season. The fifth and final match that will air on the ESPN network will be the WAC Tournament’s championship match on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 6:30 p.m. PT, live from Las Vegas.
WAC IN THE NATIONAL STATS
The WAC currently has four teams ranked in the Top 50 nationally in blocking, led by Utah State in 10th place with 2.83 per set. Hawai‘i (11th, 2.81), Idaho (20th, 2.68), and Boise State (43rd, 2.42) are also ranked.
In other statistics, Hawai`i is first in winning percentage (.958), 16th in hitting percentage (.279), 20th in kills per set (14.19) and 22nd in assists per set (13.20). New Mexico State is 43rd in assists per set (12.85), 47th in hitting percentage (.243) and 50th in kills per set (13.63). Utah State ranks 49th in aces per set at 1.51.
Individually, several WAC players rank in the Top 50 in various categories. Hawai`i’s Brittany Hewitt leads the nation in blocks (1.74), followed by Utah State’s Shantell Durrant (10th, 1.41), Fresno State’s Brianna Clarke (25th, 1.28), Idaho’s Kelsey Taylor (27th, 1.27) and Idaho’s Alexandra Sele (35th, 1.24). New Mexico State’s Jennah DeVries is 29th in assists (11.00), while Hawai‘i’s Dani Mafua is 33rd (10.91) and Boise State’s Breann Nesselhuf is 38th (10.84). Louisiana Tech’s Lori Hunsucker is 33rd in digs (5.10), while Utah State’s Liz McArthur is 31st in service aces (0.40). Hawai‘i’s Brittany Hewitt is 37th in hitting percentage (.369), followed by Fresno State’s Brianna Clarke (46th, .360). New Mexico State’s Kayleigh Giddens is sixth in kills (4.84), followed by Kanani Danielson of Hawai`i (11th, 4.44), McArthur (28th, 4.13), and Idaho’s Allison Walker (48th, 3.93). Giddens is eighth in points (5.33), followed by Danielson (14th, 5.06) and McArthur (24th, 4.77).
IDAHO’S FEICHT TALLIES 1,000th CAREER ASSIST, SETS CAREER HIGH IN THE PROCESS
Idaho’s Jenny Feicht notched her 1,000th career assist in the match at Nevada, as she entered the night with 976 and tallied a career-high 64 assists in the match .
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, 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)
WAC TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES
BOISE STATE BRONCOS (18-11, 5-8 WAC)
Boise State went 1-1 last week with a 3-0 setback at Utah State before picking up a 3-1 victory at Nevada ... the win over the Wolf Pack gives the Broncos 18 overall wins this season, which ties the most wins by a Bronco team since 1998 when the team went 18-9 under coach Mark Rosen ... Boise State’s Alisha Young tallied nine kills and six blocks (one solo), while Fiona Jones added nine kills and three blocks (one solo) to lead the Broncos in the loss to Utah State ... in the win at Nevada, the Broncos fed off their two senior middle blockers Young and Sadie Maughan to earn the win with Young tallying 16 kills and Maughan 11 kills ... BSU hosts Louisiana Tech on Thursday (Nov. 11), New Mexico State on Saturday (Nov. 13) and San Jose State on Monday (Nov. 15).
FRESNO STATE BULLDOGS (11-14, 5-8 WAC)
Fresno State went 1-1 last week with a 3-1 loss at New Mexico State and a 3-0 sweep at Louisiana Tech ... against NM State, Marissa Brand led the Bulldogs with 12 kills and Kelly Mason added 13 digs. Kelli Parker also launched double-figures in kills (10) ... in the sweep at LA Tech, junior Brianna Clarke launched a match-high 15 kills to lift the Bulldogs in straight sets for the second time this season ... this week, Fresno State will host Hawai‘i on Thursday in the team’s lone match of the week.
HAWAI‘I RAINBOW WAHINE (23-1, 12-0 WAC)
The Rainbow Wahine went 2-0 last week with a 3-0 victory at home against Louisiana Tech and a 3-0 non-conference win against Hawaii Pacific ... the win over LA Tech extended UH’s nation-long win streaks in conference matches won (37) and sets won (44) ... versus LA Tech, Dani Mafua and Mita Uiato split the setting duties, keeping a balanced UH offense with seven players posting four or more kills ... Alexis Forsythe came up with five kills, six blocks and a .833 hitting percentage in just two sets played, while Kristiana Tuaniga had a career-high five kills while hitting .625 ... Kanani Danielson hit .312 with six kills, seven digs and three aces in two sets ... Chanteal Satele posted a match high-eight kills and added four blocks, while Brittany Hewitt recorded six kills and five blocks against Hawaii Pacific.
IDAHO VANDALS (12-11, 7-5 WAC)
The Vandals won back-to-back five set road matches to move into third place in the WAC standings with four matches remaining ... Idaho defeated both Nevada and Utah State in the five-set thrillers ... at Nevada, Alicia Milo led the Vandals with 22 kills, eight digs, five aces and three blocks, while Allison Walker also had 22 kills for the Vandals, and she added four digs and three blocks ... Jenny Feicht notched her 1,000th career assist in the match at Nevada, as she entered the night with 976 and tallied a career-high 64 assists in the match ... at Utah State, Idaho was led by double-doubles from Walker and Jenny ... Walker finished the match with 27 kills and 11 digs and added five blocks, while Feicht racked up 60 assists and 10 digs ... this week, Idaho hosts NM State and LA Tech.
LOUISIANA TECH LADY TECHSTERS (12-17, 1-11 WAC)
With 18 kills and 10 blocks on the weekend, Kara Jones becomes only the seventh active WAC student-athlete with 1,000-plus career points ... Jones had a season-high seven blocks in win over San Jose State Thursday night ... with 358 career blocks, Jones needs 25 more blocks to catch K.C. Clayton for second all-time in the Tech record books ... Kassia Pinto and Clara Vido both notched double-doubles in Tech’s win over San Jose State Thursday night ... it was their fifth and fourth of the season respectively ... Pinto had a career-high 20 digs against San Jose State, while Vido picked up a career-high 15 kills in addition to her first career solo block ... Jennifer Goodwin had a season-high 16 digs against San Jose State .
NEVADA WOLF PACK (13-13, 7-6 WAC)
Nevada went 0-2 last week with losses at home against Idaho and Boise State ... senior middle blocker Lindsay Baldwin had a career-high 23 kills vs. Idaho on Thursday ... the 23 kills ties Kylie Harrington for the high by a Pack player this season ... junior setter Tatiana Santiago had a career-high 64 assists vs. Idaho on Thursday ... Kylie Harrington is four kills from 1200 in her career and her 1,196 is currently 8th in school history ... Kylie Harrington has led or tied for the team lead in kills in 16-of-26 matches this season ... Lindsay Baldwin moved into a tie for second in block assists with 426 in her career ... setter Tatiana Santiago dished out her 1,600th career assist last week and currently has 1,608 to rank 10th in school history ... this week, Nevada plays at Utah State before hosting Hawai‘i.
NEW MEXICO STATE AGGIES (17-10, 11-2 WAC)
New Mexico State went 2-0 with wins over Fresno State (3-1) and San Jose State (3-1) ... Kayleigh Giddens posted a match-high 23 kills against Fresno State, making it her seventh match this season where she tallied more than 20 kills ... Whitney Woods posted the highest number of blocks for any Aggies this season with eight ... against San Jose State, Giddens posted her 10th double-double of the year with a match-high 22 kills and 13 digs, while junior setter Jennah DeVries marked her seventh double-double with 51 assists and a match-high 15 digs leading the way to a 3-1 win (27-29, 25-19, 25-17, 25-20) ... the Aggies averaged 15.75 kills per set last week and held their opponents to a .147 hitting percentage.
SAN JOSE STATE SPARTANS (8-19, 3-10 WAC)
San Jose State went 0-2 last week ...the team dropped matches at Louisiana Tech and New Mexico State ... Hanah Blume led the Spartans with 16 kills against LA Tech, but the first road match in almost three weeks was not good for San Jose State as the team lost at Louisiana Tech, 25-22, 23-25, 25-20, 25-23 ... at New Mexico State, Blume led the Spartans with 12 kills and had six digs and two block assists ... Kylie Miraldi and Alex Akana each had 10 kills in the match against NM State, while Miraldi hit .269 in the match and led the team with six block assists ... this week, San Jose State hosts Hawai‘i on Saturday.
UTAH STATE AGGIES (18-8, 6-7 WAC)
Utah State went 1-1 last week with a 3-0 sweep at home against Boise State and a 3-2 loss to Idaho ... senior libero Christine Morrill set a school record for digs in a three-set match with 24 to help Utah State sweep Boise State ... also against BSU, opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen had 10 kills and a career-high six blocks, while outside hitter Josselyn White had eight kills and a career-high tying 13 digs ... in the loss to Idaho, Liz McArthur had 21 kills to lead Utah State ... McArthur added nine digs and hit .259 (21-7-54) in the match for Utah State, while sophomore outside hitter Josselyn White had a career-high 16 kills and hit .282 (16-5-39) ... this week, USU hosts Nevada on Friday.