This Week in WAC Volleyball - Nov. 30
HAWAI‘I, UTAH STATE EARN NCAA TOURNAMENT BIDS
Both Hawaii and Utah State will represent the WAC in the 2010 NCAA Volleyball Tournament. The Rainbow Wahine earned the No. 15 overall seed in the field and will face Portland State at 5 p.m. PT on Thursday, Dec. 2, in Seattle. The Aggies will travel to Berkeley, Calif., to take on seventh-seeded California at 7 p.m. PT on Friday. The Rainbow Wahine (28-2) will face Portland State (21-8) in the first round. The other first round match pits host Washington (21-8) against Michigan (23-9). The winners will play Friday, Dec. 3 for the right to advance to the Seattle Regional, Dec. 10 and 11. UH will travel to a first and second round site for the seventh consecutive year. Utah State (24-8) will be appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in school history after defeating Nevada (3-1), New Mexico State (3-2) and No. 3 Hawai’i (3-0) in the WAC Tournament to earn the league’s automatic bid. USU finished in third-place in the WAC during the regular season.
UTAH STATE CLAIMS 2010 WAC TOURNAMENT TITLE
Behind 13 kills from sophomore opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen and 12 from junior outside hitter Liz McArthur, Utah State completed its run to the NCAA Tournament by sweeping No. 3 Hawai’i (25-15, 27-25, 26-24) in Las Vegas on Nov. 24 to win its first-ever WAC Tournament Championship. The Rainbow Wahine entered the match having won 62 straight sets and 23 straight matches. Utah State, the third seed in the tournament, becomes only the third team to ever win the WAC Tournament Championship as Hawai’i had won 10 straight tournament titles prior to this year, while BYU won the first two. USU is now 5-4 all-time in the WAC Tournament and 1-1 in the title match as it lost to Hawai’i in 2005.
Kayleigh Giddens, NM State
Allison Walker, Idaho
Kanani Danielson, Hawai‘i
Elizabeth Ka’aihue, Hawai‘i
Liz McArthur, Utah State
Chelsea Fowles, Utah State
Shantell Durrant, Utah State
Shay Sorensen, Utah State
MVP: Liz McArthur, Utah State
2010 ALL-WAC HONORS ANNOUNCED
The 2010 WAC volleyball postseason award winners, as selected by the league’s head coaches, were announced at the WAC Volleyball Tournament banquet. For the 15th-straight year, Hawai‘i boasts the WAC Player of the Year, as junior outside hitter Kanani Danielson earned the honors for a second-straight year. Teammate Emily Hartong captured Freshman of the Year honors, while head coach Dave Shoji was named WAC Coach of the Year.
First Team All-Conference
Lindsay Baldwin, Sr., MB, Nevada
Kelsey Brennan, Jr., MH, New Mexico State
Kanani Danielson, Jr., OH, Hawai‘i
Jennah DeVries, Jr., S, New Mexico State
Kayleigh Giddens, Sr., OH, New Mexico State
Brittany Hewitt, So., MB, Hawai‘i
Elizabeth Ka’aihue, Sr., L, Hawai‘i
Dani Mafua, Sr., S, Hawai‘i
Liz McArthur, Jr., OH, Utah State
Chanteal Satele, Jr., OH, Hawai‘i
Allison Walker, Fr., OH, Idaho
Alisha Young, Sr., MB, Boise State
Second Team All-Conference
Katie Astle, Sr., MB, Utah State
Marissa Brand, So., OH, Fresno State
Brianna Clarke, Jr., MB, Fresno State
Shantell Durrant, Sr., MB, Utah State
Erin Garvey, Jr., OH, Nevada
Kylie Harrington, Sr., OH, Nevada
Emily Hartong, Fr., MB, Hawai‘i
Sadie Maughan, Sr., MB, Boise State
Christine Morrill, Sr., L, Utah State
Breann Nesselhuf, Jr., S, Boise State
Kelsey Taylor, Sr., MB, Idaho
Whitney Woods, Sr., OH, New Mexico State
Grace Anxo, OH, Nevada
Hanah Blume, OH, San Jose State
Rocio Gutierrez, OH, New Mexico State
Emily Hartong, MB, Hawai‘i
Michelle Waber, OH, Hawai‘i
Allison Walker, OH, Idaho
WAC Player of the Year: Kanani Danielson, Hawai‘i
WAC Freshman of the Year: Emily Hartong, Hawai‘i
WAC Coach of the Year: Dave Shoji, Hawai’i
HAWAI‘I WINS 14th-STRAIGHT WAC REGULAR SEASON TITLE, BREAK SCHOOL RECORD FOR CONSECUTIVE SETS WON
Hawai‘i won its 14th-consecutive WAC regular season title. The Rainbow Wahine receive the league’s No. 1 seed at the WAC tournament. In the process of clinching the championship, UH also broke the school record for consecutive sets won. The team won 62 straight sets this season, breaking the old record of 54, set in 2002.
HAWAI‘I RANKED No. 7 IN AVCA POLL
Hawai`i is ranked No. 7 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I Coaches Poll released Monday. The Rainbow Wahine dropped four spots from the No. 3 position it held last week.
WAC TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES
BOISE STATE BRONCOS (21-12, 8-8 WAC)
Boise State’s season came to an end on Nov. 22 as the team dropped a 3-2 decision to in-state rival Idaho in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament in Las Vegas ... Boise State’s seniors gave it their all in the match with Alisha Young tallying 20 kills, a .404 hitting percentage, one ace, six digs and three blocks ... Sadie Maughan racked up 13 kills, a .143 hitting percentage and a team-leading five blocks, while Lauren Hamm added one ace and 13 digs in their final match as Broncos ... also playing well for the Broncos was setter Breann Nesselhuf who tied her career match-high of 59 assists, tallied three kills, a .375 hitting percentage, added eight digs and three blocks ... fellows tallied a career match high of 15 kills (.306) and four block assists, while Fiona Jones added 12 more kills and 17 digs for her seventh double-double.
FRESNO STATE BULLDOGS (13-15, 7-9 WAC)
Fresno State finished its season with a win ... Lauren Berger, Kelly Mason, Meghan Moss and Kasey Van Grouw finished their Bulldog careers in style on a night where the Bulldogs defeated San Jose State from start to finish for a 3-0 (25-19, 25-15 and 25-23) victory in the 2010 season finale ... a pre-match ceremony honored each of the graduating seniors and Moss returned to the floor for the first time this season after suffering serious knee injury on the second day of summer camp ... Van Grouw tossed up 38 assists in the three set sweep and Berger launched four kills ... Marissa Brand continued her dominance on the outside with 14 kills (4.6 kps) and six digs while juniors Brianna Clarke (13 kills, .632 hitting, six blocks).
HAWAI‘I RAINBOW WAHINE (28-2, 16-0 WAC)
The Rainbow Wahine went 1-1 at the WAC Tournament in Las Vegas, defeating Idaho 3-0 before dropping a 3-0 decision to Utah State ... the loss to Utah State ended numerous streaks for the Rainbow Wahine ... UH had won 62 straight sets and 27 straight matches before the loss ... despite the loss in the championship match, the team was picked as the No. 15 overall seed in the 2010 NCAA Tournament, which begins this week ... UH will travel to a first and second round site for the seventh consecutive year ... the Rainbow Wahine will travel to Seattle, Wash., where they will face Portland State (21-8) in the first round, Thursday, Dec. 2 ... the other first round match pits host Washington (21-8) against Michigan (23-9) ... the winners will play Friday, Dec. 3 for the right to advance to the Seattle Regional, Dec. 10 and 11.
IDAHO VANDALS (14-15, 8-8 WAC)
Idaho put up a tough fight, but in the end, the Rainbow Wahine were just too much for the Vandals, eliminating Idaho from the WAC tournament with a 25-11; 25-21 and 25-16 semifinal victory ... the Vandals were led by 12 kills and 10 digs from Alicia Milo, while Allison Walker had 11 kills in the match ... Jenny Feicht tallied 26 assists and Cassie Hamilton led Idaho with 17 digs ... Ashley Christman and Rylee Walker each came off the bench and contributed three kills for the Vandals ... Idaho hit .150 as a team for the match, but UH hit .381 and held a 51-33 advantage in kills and a 58-48 edge in digs ... the Vandals had their best chance to steal a set in set number two, as Idaho battled to tie the match at 20-20, but UH finished with authority to seal a 25-21 set victory and pull ahead 2-0 in the match.
LOUISIANA TECH LADY TECHSTERS (13-20, 2-14 WAC)
Bianca Bin and Kassia Pinto picked up double-doubles and Kara Jones’ 11th kill of the night sent the Lady Techster senior class home with a five-set win over Nevada in the team’s final match of the season ... Bin notched her second-straight double-double as she totaled 44 assists, 14 digs with five kills and five blocks. Pinto’s double-double was her seventh of the season as she totaled a career-high 21 digs ... Lori Hunsucker tallied a team-high 27 digs to extend her single-season record to 579 ... Hunsucker became only the sixth active WAC student-athlete to tally 1,000-plus career digs and the only to do such in two seasons ... Clara Vido finished with 16 digs and nine kills to go along with a career-high three solo blocks.
NEVADA WOLF PACK (13-17, 7-9 WAC)
Nevada had its season end with a 3-1 loss to Utah State on Nov. 23, in the first round of the 2010 WAC Tournament being played at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas ... the Wolf Pack lost the first two sets 25-17 and 25-20 before taking set three 25-14 but a 25-15 loss in set four ended the match ... the Pack ends the year 13-17 while the Aggies improved to 22-8 on the season ... Erin Garvey led the way with 14 kills and Baldwin added 12 ... Tatiana Santiago dished out a match-high 42 assists ... senior Kylie Harrington topped the team with 23 digs with senior libero Nicole Link totaled 17 and freshman Brianna Heinen had 11 ... Nevada hit .127 in the match and USU .221 ... the Aggies had 11 blocks compared to 8.5 for the Wolf Pack.
NEW MEXICO STATE AGGIES (18-13, 12-4 WAC)
New Mexico State fell in five sets (23-25, 25-20, 21-25, 25-22, 14-16) to Utah State in the semifinal of the 2010 WAC Tournament as senior Kayliegh Giddens marked a career-high 29 kills ... he Aggies fell behind two sets to one and tied it up at 2-2 after taking set four 25-22 ... he Aggies took the momentum into set five staying with Utah State and eventually taking a 13-10 lead, but NM State errors proved to be the difference as USU won 16-14 ... Giddens also tallied her 12th double-double of the year as she added 22 digs, while senior Whitney Woods marked 19 kills and freshman Rocio Gutierrez tallied 14 ... junior setter Jennah DeVries scored her ninth double-double of the season with a season-high 64 assists and 13 digs.
SAN JOSE STATE SPARTANS (8-22, 3-13 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 (24-8, 9-7 WAC)
Utah State is 24-8 on the season after defeating sixth-seeded Nevada (3-1), second-seeded New Mexico State (3-2) and top-seeded and third-ranked Hawai’i (3-0) to win the WAC Tournament last weekend ... USU finished in third-place in the WAC during the regular season with a 9-7 record ... Utah State will be appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth-time in school history as it advanced to the second round in 2000 and 2001 and lost in the first round in 2005 ... USU’s first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament was during the 2000 season when it defeated Missouri (3-2) in the first round before losing at BYU (3-0) in the second round ... Utah State finished the regular season by winning nine of its final 10 matches including six straight ... the Aggies will face seventh-seeded California in the first round in Berkely, Calif.