Rainbow Wahine Soccer & Volleyball on the road this weekend in the BWC

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The University of Hawai’i soccer team will return to action this weekend after an 11-day layoff for its final regular season road trip of the season, while the UH Women’s Volleyball team heads off on its third roadtrip of the year to take on UC Riverside (6-12, 1-6 Big West) and Cal State Fullerton (6-14, 0-7 Big West).

VOLLEYBALL WEEKEND PREVIEW:

The volleyball team is coming off a pair of four-set wins over Long Beach State and CSUN.

The ‘Bows finished the first round of the Big West in second place with a 7-1 record behind No. 12 Cal Poly (17-1, 7-0 BWC) who remained undefeated in league play.  With its modified 6-2 offense, UH remains at the top of the Big West in assists per set (13.17 a/set) and No. 1 in attacks per set (37.70). The ‘Bows are ranked No. 2 behind Cal Poly in the conference averaging 13.81 kills per set.
 
Senior middle hitter Sarah Liva has been on fire on offense, recording four-straight double-digit kill matches-including being tied with two others for the team-high with 12 kills against CSUN this past Saturday night. Over the last four matches, Liva leads UH with 46 kills and a .429 hitting percentage. Liva is ranked No. 2 overall in the Big West with a .369 hitting percentage (122-33-241) as she averages 2.10 kills per set.
 
The integral piece of the offense is setter/opposite Norene Iosia who is No. 2 in the nation with four triple-doubles this season. Iosia is second on the team in almost every statistical category, with 148 kills, 306 assists, 196 digs, 33 blocks, and 16 service aces. In UH’s 17 matches this season, she has recorded 10 double-doubles and four triple-doubles.
 
Senior outside hitter McKenna Granato continues to lead Hawai’i and is currently ranked No. 7 in the conference with 207 kills. She now needs just 62 kills to become just the 20th Rainbow Wahine to reach 1,000 career kills. In conference games, she leads the BWC with 21 service aces.

Senior libero Reyn “Tita” Akiu Is ranked No. 4 in the Big West with 299 total kills while averaging 4.67 per set. The Texas Tech transfer has recorded double-digits in digs in 16 of UH’s 17 matches this season.

HAWAI’I (11-6, 7-1 Big West) vs. UC RIVERSIDE (6-12, 1-6 Big West)
DATE: Friday, Oct. 19, 2018
TIME: 4:00 p.m. HT
SITE: SRC Arena – Riverside, Calif.
STREAMING VIDEO: The match at UC Riverside will be available at BigWest.tv.
RADIO: NBC Sports Radio 1500am will air Friday’s match with Tiff Wells handling the play-by-play.
AUDIO WEBCAST: Listen live online at www.nbcsportsradio.com or through the “Sideline Hawaii” app.
TICKETS: Tickets can be purchased through GoHighlanders.com
LIVE STATS: Link available at GoHighlanders.com
SERIES HISTORY: Hawai’i holds a 24-0 record over the Highlanders. Earlier this season, UH defeated UC Riverside at home in three sets, 25-15, 25-19, 25-17.

HAWAI’I (11-6, 7-1 Big West) vs. CAL STATE FULLERTON (6-14, 0-7 Big West)
DATE: Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018
TIME: 4:00 p.m. HT
SITE: Titan Gym (4,000) – Fullerton, Calif.
STREAMING VIDEO: The match at Cal State Fullerton will be available at BigWest.tv.
RADIO: NBC Sports Radio Hawaii AM 1500 will Saturday’s match with Tiff Wells handling the play-by-play.
AUDIO WEBCAST: Listen live online at www.nbcsportsradiohawaii.com or through the “Sideline Hawaii” app
TICKETS: Tickets can be purchased through FullertonTitans.com.
LIVE STATS: Link available at HawaiiAthletics.com
SERIES HISTORY: Hawai’i holds a 39-0 record against Cal State Fullerton. Earlier this season, UH swept the Titans, 25-15, 25-19, 25-21.

SOCCER PREVIEW:

The Rainbow Wahine soccer squad (7-5-1, 2-2 BWC) will visit Cal Poly on Friday, followed by UC Santa Barbara on Sunday as the program sits in a three-way tie for the No. 4 slot of the Big West Conference standings. With four matches remaining on the schedule, UH is still in a position to control the outcome of its season. Three of the next four matches remaining are with squads sitting in the bottom three positions of the conference standings, with one sitting in a tie with the ‘Bows.
 
Going into action Friday, UH has positioned itself as one of the most efficient offensive clubs in the Big West. The ‘Bows are at the bottom of the rankings in shots per match at 11.85, but are first in goals per game at 1.77, second in totals goals with 23, and third in totals points at 64. Only two other squads rank in the top three of each category with UH, one being Long Beach State, the other is Sunday’s opponent, UCSB.
 
Leading the way offensively throughout the season for UH has been the midfield tandem of senior Raisa Strom-Okimoto and Leialoha Medeiros. The duo has accounted for 15 goals on the season, no other program within the Big West has a pair to combine for double-digits goals. Strom-Okimoto ranks No. 2 among goals scored with eight in 13 matches but is ranked No. 1 versus conference opponents accounting for three goals.
 
Friday’s match against Cal Poly features a Mustangs team slotted at the bottom third of the Big West standings at the No. 8 position only one win this year in 16 tries. Historically UH has never knocked off Cal Poly in eight previous matchups. UH registered the first tie in the series history a season ago, with a 1-1 stalemate at home. 
 
As for UCSB, UH knocked off the Gauchos last year for their lone conference win at 2-1, putting UH at 7-5 disadvantage all-time in the series. But Sunday’s match could have playoff implications, as the two are a part of the three-way tie for the fourth and final conference tournament spot. In a mirror comparison, both programs have wins over UC Davis, and losses to UC Irvine in double overtime. UCSB also features the only goal scorer to rank higher than Strom-Okimoto in Shaelan Murison with nine total goals, and tied at No. 1 versus conference opponents with three.
 
Match #14 Information:
TEAMS: Hawai’i (7-5-1), Cal Poly (1-11-4, 1-3-1)
WHEN:  Friday, Oct. 19, 2018
WHERE:  Alex G. Spanos Stadium
STREAM: BigWest.Tv
TICKETS: Adults $9, Senior $7, Youth $5
 
Match #15 Information:
TEAMS: Hawai’i (7-5-1), UC Santa Barbara (9-6-0, 2-2-0 BWC)
WHEN:  Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018
WHERE:  Harder Stadium
STREAM: BigWest.Tv
LIVE STATS: www. hawaiiathletics.com
TICKETS: Adult $9, Senior or Youth or Military $6

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