Hawaii senior hitter Annie Mitchem earned her first career conference honor when being named Big West Player of the Week in volleyball today.
Mitchem hit .489 and averaged 4.17 kills per set to lead the Rainbow Wahine to sweeps over Long Beach State and Cal State Northridge last week. She had a combined 25 kills, seven digs, four blocks and three service aces as Hawaii took over sole possession of first place.
Also today, the Wahine (18-5, 11-1) moved up a spot in the AVCA Coaches Top 25 to No. 14 and two places to 38 in the NCAA Ratings Percentage Index. The RPI is used by the NCAA selection committee to help seed teams in the postseason based on a team’s record and its strength of schedule.
Wisconsin (20-3), which handed Hawaii its season-opening loss, moved back to the top of the RPI. The Badgers had been at 2 last week behind Nebraska, which remained atop the coaches poll.
The defending national champion Huskers (18-1) again were a unanimous No. 1, receiving all 64 first-place votes. The top seven in the Top 25 was unchanged with Minnesota (19-4) at No. 2 followed by Wisconsin (20-3), Kansas (22-2), Texas (18-3), Florida (23-2) and San Diego (21-3).
The Wahine make their final regular-season road trip with matches at UC Irvine (10-16, 5-7) on Thursday and at UC Davis (12-13, 5-7) on Saturday. Hawaii returns home to close out the conference season hosting third-place Cal Poly (15-8, 8-4) on Nov. 17 and fourth-place UC Santa Barbara (16-9, 7-5) on Nov. 19.