Rainbow Wahine volleyball selected as unanimous preseason BWC favorite

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The University of Hawaii women’s volleyball team was unanimously selected to repeat as the Big West Conference champions, as voted on by the BWC’s nine women’s volleyball head coaches.

The Rainbow Wahine, who reclaimed the title last season with a 16-0 conference mark, received all nine first-place votes to tally a perfect 81-point total. Last year’s championship was UH’s third in the four years since rejoining the Big West. Hawaii advanced to the NCAA Regional final last season, finishing the year with a 29-2 record and a ranking at No. 7 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s (AVCA) final poll.

Reigning Big West Player of the Year, Nikki Taylor, returns for her senior season after leading the ‘Bows and the conference with career-high numbers of 468 kills, 4.46 kills per set, 44 service aces, 0.42 service aces per set, 575.5 total points (kills + blocks + service aces), and 5.48 points per set.

Also returning for Hawaii are junior all-Big West players Emily Maglio, Kalei Greeley and Savanah Kahakai. Maglio, a junior middle hitter, recorded the second-highest hitting percentage in the league last season at .384 while also leading the Big West with 1.44 blocks per set. Greeley, an outside hitter, finished last season with 214 kills while burying a season-high 16 kills in UH’s NCAA first round match against TCU. Kahakai looks to anchor the anchor the back row on defense as the libero after posting a team-high 424 digs last year.

Hawaii opens their season with the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational on Aug. 26 against Wisconsin at 7 p.m.

Individual match tickets for the 2016 University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Volleyball season are on sale now. Tickets are available for purchase online, by visiting the Stan Sheriff Center Box Office (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or by calling (808) 944-2697 during the same hours.

Early Bird Special – Limited time offer: Purchase your Rainbow Wahine volleyball individual match tickets online, now through Aug. 25 and get your ticket fees waived. Print at home and mobile delivery charges will also be waived during this limited-time offer.

Individual Ticket Prices:

· Lower Level – $23.00

· Upper Level Sections J-BB & HH-Q

Adult – $17.00

Senior Citizen – $12.00

Student (ages 4- high school) – $7.00

· Upper Level Sections CC-GG & P-K

Adult – $15.00

Senior Citizen -$10.00

Student (ages 4-high school) – $5.00

2016 Big West Women’s Volleyball Preseason Coaches Poll

1.Hawai’i (9)81
2.Long Beach State68
3.Cal Poly66
4.UC Irvine47
5.UC Davis44
6.UC Santa Barbara39
7.CSUN29
8.UC Riverside20
9.Cal State Fullerton11

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