University of Hawai'i women's volleyball player Nikki Taylor earned her fourth Big West Player of the Week award this season on Monday, Nov. 16. Taylor's 21-kill performance at UC Davis helped the Rainbow Wahine to clinch at least a share of the 2015 Big West title.
Taylor, a junior opposite from Honolulu, O'ahu and Kaiser High School, helped to lead the 'Bows to a four-set win at UC Davis on Sunday. It was the sixth time this year that she's tallied 20-or more kills in a match and 19th match with double-digit kills this season. Taylor added nine digs to just miss out on recording her sixth double-double of the season. She was also was in on five blocks including one solo block.
It is just the fourth time in UH history that a Rainbow Wahine has earned a weekly conference award four times in a season. Only Heather Bown (1999-WAC), Kim Willoughby (2001-WAC) and Emily Hartong (2012 and 2013-Big West) have accomplished the feat. The program record for most weekly conference honors is five and Angelica Ljungquist (1996-WAC) and Kanani Danielson (2009-WAC) are the only two Rainbow Wahine to do that.
For Taylor, it is her sixth-career Big West weekly accolade. As a freshman in 2014, she earned BWC Player of the Week on Nov. 25 and last season as a sophomore, she was named Big West Defensive Player of the Week on Nov. 24.
It is the seventh weekly Big West honor bestowed upon Hawai'i this season. Tai Manu-Olevao was named Big West Player of the Week on Oct. 19, while Savanah Kahakai (Sept. 14) and Olivia Magill (Oct. 12) earned BWC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
With the win over the Aggies, UH improved to 23-1 overall and 13-0 in conference, and with three matches left in the regular season captured at the very least a share of the conference title. Hawai'i can clinch the title outright with one more win in the next three matches.
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