HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The No. 14 University of Hawai'i women's volleyball team embarks on its final regular season roadtrip this week to California. The Rainbow Wahine will take on UC Irvine on Thursday, Nov. 10 and then fly up to battle UC Davis on Saturday, Nov. 12. Both matches are slated for 5:00 pm HT.
The 'Bows are coming of a pair of dominant sweeps over Long Beach State and CSUN en route to recapturing the lead in the Big West. With the two wins, Hawai'i rose one spot to No. 14 in this week's American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll and two spots in the RPI to No. 38. The Rainbow Wahine enter this weekend on a six match winning streak.
Reigning Big West Player of the Week, Annie Mitchem, helped to lead UH this past weekend hitting a combined
.489 while averaging 4.17 kills per set. The 6-3 senior, outside/middle hitter recorded a combined 25 kills with seven digs, four blocks and three service aces. Avenging an earlier five-set loss at LBSU, the Rainbow Wahine utilized Mitchem's 13 kills on a season-high .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. Against CSUN, Mitchem had no letdown in the sweep 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.
Opposite Nikki Taylor, however, continues to lead the league with 4.53 kills per set; 0.62 service aces per set; and 5.78 points per set. She is ranked in the NCAA DI at No. 14, 4, and 4 respectively in those statistical categories. Middle hitter Emily Maglio also leads the Big West with a .397 hitting percentage (No. 19 in NCAA); 107 total blocks and 1.35 blocks per set (No. 28 in the NCAA).
Shoji Approaching 1,200th Win
Dave Shoji is now just three wins away from becoming just the second DI head coach to record 1,200 wins. Currently, he has a career record of 1,197-203-1. Only Penn State's Russ Rose has more. Earlier this season he became the first coach to record 1,200 wins. Rose currently has a 1,207-193 record.
Shoji's teams have been ranked in the AVCA Top 25 polls 495 times--including all 12 polls this season. He has guided UH to four national championships (1979, '82, '83, '87) and was named the NCAA's 25th Anniversary Team's coach. Shoji has put together 19 30-plus win seasons and 37 20-plus win seasons and he has led the Rainbow Wahine to 41 consecutive winning seasons. Shoji has garnered 13 Conference Coach of the Year honors; 10 Regional Coach of the Year; and two National Coach of the Year awards in 1982 and 2009.