HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The No. 14 University of Hawai'i women's volleyball team (14-5, 7-1 Big West) heads to California to begin the second round of Big West action. The Rainbow Wahine will take on UC Riverside (6-14, 1-7 BWC) and Cal State Fullerton (6-16, 1-7 BWC) in a pair of road conference matches this week.
Coming off their bye week, Hawai'i fell one spot in both the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll to No. 14 and in the NCAA RPI to No. 34.
The Rainbow Wahine continue to be led by senior opposite Nikki Taylor who also leads the league in kills per set (4.87), points per set (6.12), aces per set (0.56) and attacks per set (11.45). Amongst NCAA DI players, she is ranked No. 4 in both aces per set and points per set and No. 5 in kills per set. Taylor is closing in on No. 12 in the UH career-kill records with 1,259 total kills. She now needs just seven kills to tie former UH All-American Diana Jessie (1984-87) who currently holds No. 12 with 1,266 career kills.
Junior middle hitter Emily Maglio also is tops in the Big West in total blocks (89), blocks per set (1.33) and is tied for the lead with UC Santa Barbara's Phoebe Grunt with a .378 hitting percentage.
Freshman setter Norene Iosia leads UH with eight double-doubles and is second in the Big West with 0.41 service aces per set. She leads UH with 643 assists (10.54 per set) and is second on the squad with 161 digs.
Anchoring the back line has been the steady junior libero Savanah Kahakai. Kahakai leads Hawai'i with 274 digs with double-digit digs in 14 matches this season. In five of those matches, Kahakai has recorded at least 20 digs.
Hawai'i head coach needs just seven wins to reach the milestone of 1,200 career wins. He currently holds a 1,193-203-1. Only Penn State's Russ Rose is ahead of Shoji. Rose recently hit the 1,200 win mark as well and currently has career record of 1,206-190.
Hawai'i's match at UC Riverside is a little later than usual, with first serve coming at 5:00 pm HST due to ESPNU broadcasting the match.
Match 20 Information
Who: No. 14 Hawai'i (14-5, 7-1 Big West) vs. UC Riverside (6-14, 1-7 Big West)
When: Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 at 5:00 pm (HT)
Where: SRC Arena (2,750) - Riverside, Calif.
Television: ESPNU will be broadcasting Friday night's match with Paul Sunderland handling the play-by-play and Laura Bush serving as the color analyst.
Live-Streaming Video: Fans can watch the game at http://es.pn/2dS4Jlu
Radio: NBC Sports Radio 1500 am will be airing the match with Tiff Wells serving as the voice of the Rainbow Wahine.
Audio Webcast: Friday's match can be listened to online at nbcsportsradiohawaii.com.
Live Stats: Live in-game stats are available at gohighlanders.com
Series History: Hawai'i is 20-0 against UC Riverside Earlier this season, UH defeated UCR (Oct. 2) , 25-15, 25-6, 25-17. Last season, UH defeated UCR on the road on Oct. 3 (25-17, 25-15, 25-5). Hawai'i then defeated the Highlanders at home (Oct. 30) in four sets, 25-15, 25-16, 18-25, 25-23.
Match 21 Information
Who: No. 14 Hawai'i (14-5, 7-1 Big West) vs. Cal State Fullerton (6-16, 1-7 Big West)
When: Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. HST
Where: Titan Gym (4,000) - Fullerton, Calif.
Live-streaming Video: A live video stream will be available BigWest.TV
Radio: ESPN 1420AM will carry Saturday's match with Tiff Wells will be handling the play-by-play.
Audio Webcast: Saturday's match can be listened to online at espn1420am.com.
Live Stats: Live in-game stats are available at fullertontitans.com
Series History: Hawai'i is 35-0 against Cal State Fullerton. Earlier this season, UH defeated the Titans (Sept. 30), 25-13, 25-16, 25-18. Last season, UH defeated the Titans on the road in straight-sets, 25-11, 25-16, 25-13. The 'Bows then defeated CSF at home on Senior Night (Nov. 1), 25-17, 25-18, 25-21.