Friday’s much-anticipated matchup between two Pan American Cup volleyball teammates disappeared Tuesday when it was announced that Hawaii senior All-American Nikki Taylor would be out for the season-opening tournament due to injury.
Taylor, who missed the first seven matches of 2014 with an injured right elbow, injured her left elbow late in Saturday’s Green-White scrimmage.
The Kaiser High graduate was evaluated by a physician Tuesday morning. Her status is week-to-week, meaning she won’t be available for this week’s Chevron Invitational, including Friday’s match against No. 4 Wisconsin and her Pan American Cup teammate, Badgers senior setter Lauren Carlini.
Taylor and Carlini were among the “12 to Watch” in women’s volleyball by espnW.com on Tuesday. Also on the list is Arizona senior hitter Kalei Mau (Kaiser); she and the Wildcats are part of this week’s Chevron Invitational.
The reigning Big West Player of the Year, Taylor is the second Rainbow Wahine who will miss Friday’s opener; senior middle Annie Mitchem broke her left pinkie during the first day of practice on Aug. 9 and is out for at least another month.
Taylor’s injury means junior setter Kendra Koelsch will move to opposite.