This Week in WAC Volleyball - Nov. 16
BOISE STATE’S YOUNG EARNS WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
Boise State senior middle blocker Alisha Young has been named Verizon Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 8-14. This is the first WAC Player of the Week honor of her career.
Young, from American Fork, Utah (American Fork HS), led the Broncos to a pair of shutout victories over Louisiana Tech and New Mexico State last week. Young led Boise State as the only double-digit kills scorer in both matches. She posted 10 kills against Louisiana Tech, helping her surpass the 1,000-career kills mark. Young then had 11 kills, two digs and five blocks in the win over New Mexico State. On the week, Young posted 21 kills (3.50 kps) with a .356 hitting percentage. She also tallied four assists, two service aces, four digs and 10 blocks.
Other nominees included: Kelly Mason of Fresno State averaged 5.2 digs per set … Chanteal Satele averaged 3.12 kills while hitting .352 in three road wins for Hawai‘i last week … Idaho’s Allison Walker had double-doubles in both matches for Idaho … Clara Vido of Louisiana Tech averaged 4.12 kills while picking up her fifth double-double of the season … Nevada’s Nicole Link averaged 4.00 kills per set and collected 24 digs in a pair of matches … New Mexico State’s Kayleigh Giddens had 30 kills and 24 digs over two matches … Utah State’s Josselyn White had 10 kills in a win against Nevada.
WAC TOURNAMENT FIELD SET, SEEDING STILL TO BE DETERMINED
Hawai‘i, New Mexico State, Utah State, Idaho, Boise State and Nevada have qualified for the 2010 WAC Tournament to be held in Las Vegas, Nev., Nov. 22-24. UH has secured the No. 1 seed, while NM State has the No. 2 seed locked in. The No. 3-6 seeds will be determined with the remaining four matches to be played this week.
HAWAI‘I CLINCHES 14th-STRAIGHT WAC REGULAR SEASON TITLE, BREAK SCHOOL RECORD FOR CONSECUTIVE SETS WON
Hawai‘i has clinched its 14th-consecutive WAC regular season title. The Rainbow Wahine received the league’s No. 1 seed at the upcoming WAC tournament. In the process of clinching the championship, UH also broke the school record for consecutive sets won. The team has won their last 56 sets this season, breaking the old record of 54, set in 2002.
HAWAI‘I STAYS AT NO. 3 IN AVCA POLL
Hawai`i held on to the 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. 24 at 6:30 p.m. PT, live from Las Vegas. ESPN’s Anne Marie Anderson will handle the play-by-play duties, while Elizabeth Moreau will take care of the colour commentary in the championship match.
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 2.80 per set. Hawai‘i (13th, 2.77), Idaho (20th, 2.66), and Boise State (36th, 2.47) are also ranked.
In other statistics, Hawai`i is first in winning percentage (.963), 15th in hitting percentage (.284), 18th in kills per set (14.24), 45th in aces per set (1.51) and 23rd in assists per set (13.25). New Mexico State is 50th in assists per set (12.76).
Individually, several WAC players rank in the Top 50 in various categories. Hawai`i’s Brittany Hewitt leads the nation in blocks (1.76), followed by Utah State’s Shantell Durrant (7th, 1.41), Idaho’s Kelsey Taylor (20th, 1.32) and Fresno State’s Brianna Clarke (34th, 1.24). New Mexico State’s Jennah DeVries is 33rd in assists (10.97), while Hawai‘i’s Dani Mafua is 34th (10.95) and Boise State’s Breann Nesselhuf is 38th (10.81). Louisiana Tech’s Lori Hunsucker is 40th in digs (5.03), while Utah State’s Liz McArthur is 40th in service aces (0.39). Hawai‘i’s Brittany Hewitt is 37th in hitting percentage (.370), followed by Fresno State’s Brianna Clarke (48th, .356). New Mexico State’s Kayleigh Giddens is sixth in kills (4.80), followed by Kanani Danielson of Hawai`i (10th, 4.47), McArthur (29th, 4.11), and Idaho’s Allison Walker (38th, 3.97). Giddens is ninth in points (5.31), followed by Danielson (13th, 5.07) and McArthur (25th, 4.73).
WAC STAT LEADERS
In team statistics, Hawai`i leads the WAC in hitting percentage (.284), opponent hitting percentage (.129), assists (13.25), kills (14.24), and service aces (1.51). Utah State leads the league in blocks (2.79), while Louisiana Tech fronts the WAC in digs (15.14).
In WAC matches only, Hawai`i leads the conference in hitting percentage (.309), opponent hitting percentage (.107), assists (13.71), kills (14.53), blocks (2.81), service aces (1.53) and digs (15.00).
Individually, New Mexico State’s Kayleigh Giddens leads the WAC in kills (4.80) and points (5.31), while teammate Jennah DeVries fronts the conference in assists (10.97). Hawai‘i’s Brittany Hewitt leads the league in hitting percentage (.370) and blocks (1.76). Liz McArthur of Utah State leads the WAC in service aces (0.37). Lori Hunsucker of Louisiana Tech is tops in digs (5.02).
In conference matches only, Giddens leads the WAC in kills (5.15) and points (5.69). Hawai‘i’s Emily Hartong fronts the WAC in hitting percentage at .372, while teammate Hewitt leads the league in blocks in WAC-matches only at 1.72. Nevada’s Tatiana Santiago leads the WAC in assists (11.88), while Utah State’s McArthur leads the league in service aces at 0.41. Fresno State’s Kelly Mason leads the WAC in digs in league-only matches at 4.96.
BOISE STATE’S YOUNG REACHES 1,000-CAREER KILLS AND 300-CAREER BLOCKS MARK
Boise State senior middle blocker Alisha Young reached the 1,000-career kills mark on Nov. 11 against Louisiana Tech. She now ranks fourth on the WAC’s active career kills leaders list. She also reached the 300-career blocks mark and is eighth among active WAC players on the blocks career list.
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 .
RAINBOW WAHINE LEAD NATION IN ATTENDANCE
Hawai`i currently leads the nation in attendance with an average of 6,136 fans per match, over 1,000 fans ahead of the second-place team, Nebraska (4,812). Meanwhile, New Mexico State ranks 21st (1,505) and Fresno State is 44th (871). All 19 of Hawai`i’s home matches this season rank in the Top 25 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 40 consecutive WAC wins, Hawai`i currently boasts the longest active conference winning streak in the nation. 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, 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 (21-11, 8-8 WAC)
Boise State closed out its regular season with three straight wins this past week to secure a spot in the upcoming WAC tournament ... the Broncos swept both Louisiana Tech and New Mexico State before taking a 3-1 victory over San Jose State on senior night ... the Broncos have the most wins (21) since 1990 when the team went 23-12 ... win the win over LA Tech, Alisha Young recorded 10 kills on the night, surpassing the 1,000-career kills mark ... in the win over NM State, Young and Cailin Fellows led the Broncos offensively racking up 11 and nine kills, respectively ... both recorded solid hitting percentages as well, with Young hitting .348 and Fellows at .208 ... versus San Jose State, Young again led the match with 17 kills and an outstanding .485 hitting percentage.
FRESNO STATE BULLDOGS (12-15, 6-9 WAC)
Fresno State split a pair of matches this past week, dropping a 3-0 decision to Hawai‘i at home before picking up a 3-1 road victory at Idaho ... against UH, Kelly Mason took on her usual role of team leader and played outstanding defense ... Mason recorded 17 digs ... Marissa Brand also came out strong and recorded 12 kills against the Rainbow Wahine ... in the win at Idaho, Marissa Brand recorded her 12th double-double of the season with 16 kills and 15 digs ... Kelli Parker and junior Brianna Clarke both reached double figures in kills with 15 and 12, respectively ... Mason also chipped away for 15 digs herself ... Fresno State will conclude its season at home against San Jose State on Thursday.
HAWAI‘I RAINBOW WAHINE (26-1, 15-0 WAC)
The Rainbow Wahine have now won 21 staight matches and 56 straight sets ... the team won its last three matches, all on the road against Fresno State, San Jose State and Nevada ... Hawai‘i has clinched its 14th-consecutive WAC regular season title ... the Rainbow Wahine received the league’s No. 1 seed at the upcoming WAC tournament ... in the process of clinching the championship, UH also broke the school record for consecutive sets won ... he team has won their last 56 sets this season, breaking the old record of 54, set in 2002 ... UH continues its No. 3 ranking in the AVCA national poll ... the Rainbow Wahine will wrap up regular season play at home against Idaho on Thursday, Nov. 18.
IDAHO VANDALS (13-13, 8-7 WAC)
Idaho has gone 1-2 in its last three matchups ... the Vandals dropped a 3-1 decision to New Mexico State before going the distance and winning a five-set decision against Louisiana Tech ... Idaho then fell 3-1 to Fresno State ... against NM State, Allison Walker finished the match with a team-high 17 kills and 12 digs ... in the win over LA Tech, Walker collected her third straight double-double, as she finished with a team-high 22 kills and 10 digs ... also helping against LA Tech, Kelsey Taylor finished with a career-high 17 kills for Idaho, and Julia Church notched her second career double-double with 11 kills and 10 digs ... in the loss to Fresno State, Alicia Milo led Idaho with 18 kills and hit .333 for the night, while Walker had her fourth consecutive double-double ... Idaho wraps up regular season play at Hawai‘i on Thursday.
LOUISIANA TECH LADY TECHSTERS (12-20, 1-14 WAC)
Louisiana Tech has dropped four-straight matches ... the team dropped a pair of road matches last week to Boise State and Idaho before returning home to take a 3-2 setback against Utah State ... freshman Clara Vido totaled a career-high 25 kills en route to her fifth double-double of the season against Idaho ... Vido’s 25 kills marks the most by a Lady Techster since the NCAA ruled that all sets be played to a total of 25 points rather than the previous 30 ... with 369 career blocks, senior Kara Jones has moved past Laura Ebert (321) and Tanya Jarvis (328) for third all-time on the Louisiana Tech career blocks list ... with 26 assists against Boise State, setter Biana Bin became only the sixth student-athlete in Tech history to total 2,500-plus digs.
NEVADA WOLF PACK (13-15, 7-8 WAC)
Nevada is 0-2 in its last two matches, dropping a 3-0 decision at Utah State before taking a 3-0 loss at home to Hawai‘i ... Nevada has lost 4 matches in a row ... Kylie Harrington recorded her 1200th kill last week and currently ranks sixth in school history with 1214 ... libero Nicole Link has led the team in digs in 23-of-28 matches this season with six being match highs ... Nicole Link recorded her 1400th career dig last week. She ranks third in school history with 1417 career digs and is 16 from moving into second ... Harrington has led or tied for the team lead in kills in 17-of-28 matches this season ... Lindsay Baldwin moved into second in career block assists with 428 last week ... setter Tatiana Santiago moved into 9th in career assists with 1682 last week ... Nevada finishes regular season play at LA Tech on Thursday.
NEW MEXICO STATE AGGIES (18-11, 12-3 WAC)
In its final road trop of the season, New Mexico State went 1-1 with a 3-1 victory at Idaho and a 3-0 loss at Boise State ... at Idaho, NM State clinched the No. 2 spot in the 2010 WAC Tournament with the win 3-1 over Idaho ... the Aggies were led by senior Kayliegh Giddens, who scored 22.5 points on 19 kills, two aces, one solo block and one block assist. She tied her career-high of 17 digs posting her ninth double-double of the year ... freshman Rocio Gutierrez posted a career night with 17 kills , while adding eight digs ... at Boise State, Giddens posted 11 kills on the night with junior Kelsey Brennan wasn’t far behind with nine kills ... NM State closes out regular season play at home against Utah State on Wednesday.
SAN JOSE STATE SPARTANS (8-21, 3-12 WAC)
San Jose State dropped a 3-0 decision at home to Hawai‘i on Saturday before falling 3-1 at Boise State on Monday ... the Spartans have now dropped nine straight matches ... against UH this past week, Hanah Blume led the team with 13 kills and hit .273 for the match with 33 attempts and just four errors ... she added three digs in the match ... Taylor Japhet led the Spartans with three block assists and hit .438 for the match ... she had eight kills on 16 attempts and just one error ... against Boise State, Japhet and Kylie Miraldi each had nine kills ... Miraldi hit .364 for the match with her nine kills on 22 attempts and just one hitting error ... she added two blocks and a dig in the loss ... this week, SJSU closes out regular season play at Fresno State on Thursday.
UTAH STATE AGGIES (20-8, 8-7 WAC)
Utah State defeated Nevada 3-0 on Friday at home before downing Louisiana Tech in five sets on Monday ... against Nevada, Liz McArthur and Josselyn White each posted 10 kills ... McArthur also had six digs, while White had five digs, and hit .360 (10-1-25) ... Laurel Bodily finished with a team-high 15 digs ... in the five-set win over LA Tech, McArthur had 16 kills to give the Aggies its 10th 20-win season in school history and its first since 2005 ... McArthur added six digs and three block assists in the match for Utah State, while sophomore opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen had 12 kills and five block assists ... White added nine kills, nine digs and five block assists and hit .364 (9-1-22) in the match, while senior libero Christine Morrill posted a match-high 27 digs ... USU ends regular season play at NM State on Wednesday.