No. 8 Hawai'i Sweeps Nevada

10/31/2008

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HONOLULU, Hawai'i - The No. 8 University of Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine volleyball team (18-3, 11-1 WAC) swept the Nevada Wolf Pack (11-11, 6-6) 25-12, 25-23 and 25-16 in front of a crowd of 5,483 at the Stan Sheriff Center on Halloween night Friday.
 
Jamie Houston led the charge, hitting .607 with 19 kills and eight digs, passing three-time All-American Teee Willliams for second in kills in the UH career record book. Houston now has 1,882 career kills, passing Williams' mark of 1,873.
 
Aneli Cubi-Otineru hit .429 with 12 kills and 10 digs with Amber Kaufman hitting .400 with five kills, three blocks and two aces. Kanani Danielson added a six-kill, nine-dig match while Dani Mafua set the UH offense to a .359 hitting percentage while posting 43 assists and nine digs.
 
Hawai`i jumped out to an early 6-2 edge on the strength of a 4-0 serving run by Cubi-Otineru. After allowing the Wolf Pack back within three points at 9-6, UH ran off eight of the next nine points to go ahead 17-7. The Rainbow Wahine kept that 10-point cushion before ending the set on a 5-1 run that gave UH a 25-12 victory.
 
Nevada jumped to a 5-3 edge to start the second set. UH scored three of the next four points to tie it up at 6-6, only to see a 3-0 Pack run put UN up 9-6. Nevada got its lead to four points on a couple occasions before a big 7-2 run gave Hawai`i the lead at 17-16. After giving the Wolf Pack the lead momentarily at 18-17, a 6-1 run by the Rainbow Wahine got them to 23-18. UN had one last push, using a 4-1 run to pull it back to 24-23. But Hawai`i stopped it just in time, taking the second set 25-23.
 
UH opened the third set taking a 7-1 lead. Nevada used a 5-2 run to pull it back to 9-6. But Hawai`i had the answer, getting its lead to 16-8 and 22-13 before closing out the Pack with a 25-16 win in the third set.
 
The Rainbow Wahine will host Utah State tomorrow at 7 p.m. in their last WAC home match of the season.

Article courtesy of Hawai'i athletics.

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