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Big West showdown looms for Rainbow Wahine, LBSU

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The No. 15 University of Hawai'i women's volleyball team (16-5, 9-1 Big West) has a big weekend of matches, beginning with the Rainbow Wahine hosting Long Beach State (16-8, 10-1 BWC) on Friday night followed by CSUN (8-15, 4-7 BWC) on Saturday. Both matches are slated to start at 7:00 pm in the Stan Sheriff Center. Friday night is a pivotal match between the last two Big West champions, Hawai'i and Long Beach State, who are both atop the Big West with one loss each and post-season implications on the line. The 'Bows are seeking redemption after falling in a five-set heartbreaker on the road to The Beach earlier this season. Friday night's match is a WHITEOUT game and fans are encouraged to wear white. Saturday's match vs. the Matadors is Hawai'i's Pink Night match in recognition of breast cancer awareness. Hawaii Pacific Health will be giving out 300 pink rally towels and the Big West will be giving out 200 "Think Pink" wristbands. Fans are encouraged to wear pink that night.

In the conference standings UH and LBSU lead the conference with Cal Poly currently in third place at 6-4. Three teams--UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis and UC Irvine---are all knotted in fourth place at 5-5 with CSUN coming in seveth at 4-7. UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton are tied for eighth with 1-8 records. 
 
Overall, Hawai'i leads the conference in team hitting percentage (.265), opponent hitting percentage (.157) and blocks (2.78 per set). Individually, senior opposite Nikki Taylor is tops in the Big West in kills (4.77 per set), service aces (0.58 per set), and points (kills + blocks + service aces) per set (6.02). She rankes No. 5 in the NCAA in both aces per set and points per set and is No. 7 in the nation in kills per set. Taylor has been climbing the UH career-kills list all season and currently is tied at No. 11 with former UH All-American Emily Hartong with 1,277 total kills. This season, Taylor leads UH with 286 kills, 35 service aces, and 361.0 points, she is second on the team with 75 blocks.  Her 4.77 kills per set, 1.25 blocks per set and 0.58 service aces per set are all career highs.

Middle hitter Emily Maglio leads the Big West in blocks per set (1.38) and is tied with UC Santa Barbara's Phoebe Grunt with a .384 hitting percentage. Maglio leads UH  and the league with 101 total blocks and 10 solo blocks. She is averaging 2.34 kills per set and 1.38 blocks per set, which are both career highs for the junior from Coquitlam, B.C., Canada.

Sophomore McKenna Granato is tied with libero Savanah Kahakai for the most sets played for UH this season at 74. Granato is second on the team with 225 kills and is averaging 3.04 kills per set. Granato also has 21 total blocks and is fourth on the squad iwth 131 digs. Kahakai leads UH with 301 digs and is No. 6 in the conference averaging 4.07 per set.

Freshman setter Norene Iosia has been the quarterback for the UH offense. She has started 18 of UH's 21 matches this season and is third in the Big West averaging 10.51 assists per set. She leads UH with 704 assists and is second on the team with 172 digs and 26 aces. Iosia is third on the team with 41 blocks as well.
 
Match 22 Information
Who: No. 15 Hawai'i (16-5, 9-1 Big West) vs. Long Beach State (16-8, 10-1 Big West)
When: Friday, Nov. 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Stan Sheriff Center (10,300) - Honolulu, HI
Promotions:  Coca-Cola is the match sponsor on Friday and will distribute Monster Energy drink samples while supplies last. Also, Coca-Cola will award a Monster drone and Monster motocross helmet at intermission. Friday's match is a "whiteout" and fans are encouraged to wear white. 
Television: OCSports will be broadcasting both matches this weekend with Kanoa Leahey calling the play-by-play and Chris McLachlin providing color commentary. Scott Robbs, Lisa Strand-Ma'a, and Ryan Kalei Tsuji will be the talent for the pre and post-match shows. Fans can catch the action live on Oceanic Time Warner Cable Channels 16 (SD) and 1016 (HD) –or- Hawaiian Telcom Channel 89 (SD) and 1089 (HD).
Live-streaming Video: A live video stream will be available at BigWest.tv.
Radio: ESPN 1420AM will carry both Friday and Saturday's match. Tiff Wells will be handling the play-by-play for both matches this week.
Audio Webcast: The match can be listened to online at espn1420am.com.
Live Stats: Live in-game stats are available at HawaiiAthletics.com's women's volleyball schedule page
Ticket Information: Tickets can be purchased at Stan Sheriff Center Box Office, online at HawaiiAthletics.com, or by phone at (808) 944-2697 (BOWS).
Series History: Hawai'i holds a 30-18-1 advantage over Long Beach State. Earlier this season, the 49ers battled back to edge out the 'Bows on the road in five sets, 25-17, 23-25, 25-16, 21-25, 15-13. Nikki Taylor led UH with 28 kills while Annie Mitchem recorded a career-high seven blocks. Last season, in their first meeting, UH defeated the 49ers in five sets at home, 22-25, 25-12, 16-25, 25-21, 15-8.  On the road in 2015, UH defeated LBSU in four, 26-28, 25-22, 25-13, 25-20.
 
 
Match 23 Information
Who: No. 15 Hawai'i (16-5, 9-1 Big West) vs. CSUN (8-15, 4-7 Big West)
When: Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Stan Sheriff Center (10,300) - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii Pacific Health is the sponsor of Saturday's special "Pink Night" match and will distribute 300 pink rally towels. The Rainbow Wahine volleyball team will be wearing pink uniforms for the match and fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness as well. H-Zone is selling pink apparel for the match. Also, the Big West Conference will distribute 200 "Think Pink" wristbands. UH Kids' Club members are invited onto the court for pre-match festivities on Saturday.
Television: OCSports will be broadcasting both matches this weekend with Kanoa Leahey calling the play-by-play and Chris McLachlin providing color commentary. Scott Robbs, Lisa Strand-Ma'a, and Ryan Kalei Tsuji will be the talent for the pre and post-match shows. Fans can catch the action live on Oceanic Time Warner Cable Channels 16 (SD) and 1016 (HD) –or- Hawaiian Telcom Channel 89 (SD) and 1089 (HD).
Live-streaming Video: A live video stream will be available at BigWest.tv.
Radio: ESPN 1420AM will carry both Friday and Saturday's match. Tiff Wells will be handling the play-by-play for both matches this week.
Audio Webcast: The match can be listened to online at espn1420am.com.
Live Stats: Live in-game stats are available at HawaiiAthletics.com's women's volleyball schedule page
Ticket Information: Tickets can be purchased at Stan Sheriff Center Box Office, online at HawaiiAthletics.com, or by phone at (808) 944-2697 (BOWS).
Series History:  Hawai'i holds a 19-2 record against the Matadors. Earlier this season, UH swept the Matadors on the road in Northridge, 25-14, 25-15, 25-15. Nikki Taylor led the 'Bows with 13 kills while Emily Maglio tallied eight blocks. Last season, the 'Bows swept both matches against CSUN. On Oct. 9, UH downed CSUN, 25-19, 25-16, 25-16 in Honolulu. On Nov. 7, Hawai'i won 25-14, 25-17, 25-19 in Northridge. Two years on Oct. 10, 2014 the Matadors defeated UH in the Matadome in straight sets, 25-17, 25-19, 25-21.

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