Univeristy of Hawai'i junior Nikki Taylor (Honolulu, O'ahu/Kaiser HS) claimed Big West Women's Volleyball Player of the Week honors for the fifth time this season, helping the Rainbow Wahine finish conference play undefeated at 16-0.
Taylor totaled 46 kills, 13 digs, nine blocks and four service aces in an all-around productive week as Hawai'i finished the season strong with three sweeps over opponents on the road in UC Irvine, Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara. She hit .276 with just 19 errors in 98 attempts as UH improved to 26-1 on the year and extended its winning streak to 21 matches.
The 6-4 opposite led UH in kills in all three matches. She began the week with 20 kills on .405 hitting in a 3-0 victory over UCI that clinched the outright Big West title for UH. It was the seventh time this season that Taylor has racked up 20 or more kills in a match. She also had four blocks (one solo), four digs and two service aces against the Anteaters.
Taylor put down 15 kills in 34 swings against the Mustangs and finished the regular season with 11 put aways versus the Gauchos. She added three blocks, seven digs and an ace. Taylor is Hawaii's leader in kills (392) and service aces (39).
It is just the third time in UH history that a Rainbow Wahine has earned a conference player of the week five times. She joins elite company with Angelica Ljungquist (1996-WAC) and Kanani Danielson (2009-WAC) as the only other two players to accomplish the feat.
For Taylor, it is her seventh-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 eighth 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.
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