IRVINE, Calif.—University of Hawai'i women's volleyball player Annie Mitchem (Friendswood, Texas/Irvine Valley College) hit .489 and averaged 4.17 kills per set as Hawai'i rolled to straight-set wins over Long Beach State and CSUN, to take over sole possession of first place in the conference to earn her first Big West Women's Volleyball Player of the Week honor.
The 6-3 senior, outside/middle hitter recorded 25 kills with seven digs, four blocks and three service aces as the Rainbow Wahine improved to 18-5 overall and 11-1 in conference. Mitchem recorded match-high highs of 15.0 points on both nights.
Avenging an earlier five-set loss at LBSU, the Rainbow Wahine utilized Mitchem's 13 kills on .619 hitting to dismantle the Beach 25-13, 25-15, 25-16. She committed no errors in 21 swings. Mitchem played solidly on the left side against the 49ers with a match-high in kills and season-high in hitting percentage. She also contributed four digs, two blocks and a service ace.
Mitchem had no letdown in the 25-9, 25-14, 25-16 victory over the Matadors. Her match-high 12 kills paced UH, and she hit .385 with just two errors in 26 attempts. Mitchem also tied a career high with two service aces, adding three digs and two blocks.
Hawai'i rose one spot to No. 14 in this week's American Volleyball Coaches Association poll. The Rainbow Wahine head to California on Wednesday morning for their final regular season roadtrip at UC Irvine on Thursday, Nov. 10 and at UC Davis on Saturday, Nov. 12.
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