IRVINE, Calif.—University of Hawai'i women's volleyball players Nikki Taylor and Emily Maglio both received Big West weekly honors on Monday. Taylor was voted BWC Player of the Week while Maglio was named Big West Defensive Player of the Week.
Senior opposite Taylor (Honolulu, O'ahu/Kaiser HS) made her 2016 debut this week after suffering an injury that held her out of UH's first three matches last week. This marks the eighth time in her career that she's received a Big West weekly accolade and it is the first of the year for UH and her. The 6-4 opposite claimed Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic Most Valuable Player honors after averaging 6.67 kills, 3.78 digs and 1.00 service aces per set over three matches. The Rainbow Wahine posted wins over Missouri State and Pacific before falling to No. 8 UCLA in the championship match.
Taylor's first match on the Teraflex resulted in her first double-double of the season with 21 kills, 11 digs, two aces and four blocks in a straight-set win over Missouri State. She hit .529 with just three errors in 34 swings. In that contest, Taylor became just the 19th Rainbow Wahine to join the 1,000 career kill club.
The reigning Big West Player of the Year had another solid match against Pacific with 22 kills on .439 hitting, adding 14 digs for her second consecutive double-double. She also contributed another four blocks and dealt a career-high tying four aces. It marked Taylor's 13th career match in which she recorded at least 20 kills.
Taylor then recorded 17 kills against No. 8 UCLA, and nearly missed her third straight double-double as she finished with nine digs. She increased her streak of pounding double-digit kills to 11 matches dating back to last season. For the week, Taylor tallied a team-high 60 kills, nine service aces and 73.0 points. She also racked up 34 digs—passing the 500 career-dig mark and had eight blocks.
Hawai'i junior middle hitter Maglio (Coquitlam, B.C., Canada/Pinetree HS) was a blocking beast at the net in capturing her first ever Big West indoor volleyball weekly honor. Maglio, who also earned a spot on the all-tournament team, led UH with 17 blocks—nine more than her closest teammate—over UH's three matches this week. Maglio's best match came in a sweep over Pacific when she registered a career-high nine blocks (including one solo). That eclipsed her previous career high of seven which was set on two other occasions. Maglio had four block assists against both Missouri State and UCLA. She finished the week with 1.89 blocks per set.
Maglio also totaled 22 kills, including 12 against No. 8 UCLA in which she also hit .333 (12-2-30) for the contest.
The Rainbow Wahine, who rose one spot in the AVCA Coaches Poll to No. 14 will host their final non-conference tournament of the season. The Outrigger Resorts Volleyball Challenge will run from Sept. 8-11 with Utah Valley, Northern Illinois and No. 6 Washington all coming to Honolulu.
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