Big West honors for Rainbow Wahine volleyball's Williams & Igiede
IRVINE, Calif.—University of Hawaii women's volleyball middle blockers Skyler Williams and Amber Igiede earned Big West Defensive Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week honors on Monday. For Williams, it is her second Defensive Player of the Week award this season and for her career. For Igiede, it marks her first weekly conference honor of her career.
Williams, who is a 6-foot-1 junior out of Bellflower, Calif., helped lead Hawaii to a pair of wins last week to clinch sole possession of the 2019 regular season conference title. Williams tallied 10 total blocks and averaged 1.67 kills per set to help the Rainbow Wahine sweep both CSUN and Long Beach State on consecutive nights.
Williams recorded a match-high six blocks (one solo) against the Matadors while adding five kills and two digs. Then, in the regular season finale, Williams logged four blocks while hitting .500 with seven kills and two digs. Williams was a force at the net, and a major reason UH built a wall at the net this past week, out-blocking CSUN and LBSU by a combined 19.0-8.0 margin.
Igiede closed out the regular season with solid play in UH's two wins this past week. The 6-foot-3 middle blocker from Baton Rouse, La., averaged 2.17 kills, 1.00 blocks and 0.50 digs per set while hitting .500 in the two wins. Igiede had a total of 13 kills with just one error.
Igiede had eight kills on 14 errorless swings in the CSUN win, adding one service ace, a dig and four blocks (one solo). Against The Beach, she posted five kills and hit .400 while notching a pair of blocks and two digs.
The Rainbow Wahine have a bye this week and are awaiting their NCAA tournament fate which will be revealed on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 3:30 p.m. HT on ESPNU.
2019 Big West Weekly Award Winners - Hawai'i
Sept. 2 - Jolie Rasmussen (Player of the Week)
Sept. 9 - Skyler Williams (Defensive Player of the Week)
Sept. 16 - Hanna Hellvig (Freshman of the Week)
Sept. 30 - Hanna Hellvig (Freshman of the Week)
Oct. 21 - Hanna Hellvig (Freshman of the Week)
Oct. 29 - Norene Iosia (Defensive Player of the Week)
Nov. 4 - Hanna Hellvig (Freshman of the Week)
Nov. 4 - Rika Okino (Defensive Player of the Week)
Nov. 11 - Hanna Hellvig (Freshman of the Week)
Nov. 25 - Skyler Williams (Defensive Player of the Week)
Nov. 25 - Amber Igiede (Freshman of the Week)