No. 6 Hawai'i Serves Up Three-Set Win Over Utah Valley
HONOLULU, Hawai'i - The No. 6 University of Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine volleyball team (23-3) tied the school record with 11 aces, helping them sweep the Utah Valley Wolverines (10-12) 25-19, 25-14 and 25-10 in front of a crowd of 6,221 at the Stan Sheriff Center Saturday.
The Rainbow Wahine hit .397 as a team, led by Amber Kaufman, who hit .667 with seven kills and four blocks. Jamie Houston led UH with 10 kills, hitting .316 with three blocks while Stephanie Ferrell hit .462 with nine kills and three blocks in just two sets played. Kanani Danielson hit .583 with seven kills and three blocks. Stephanie Brandt led the serving run, posting five aces and 29 assists. Aneli Cubi-Otineru added three aces, three digs and two kills, despite playing in just the first set.
Utah Valley jumped ahead 12-7 to start the first set. But Hawai`i responded by scoring eight of the next nine points to go ahead 19-13. UH continued to roll, using three-and four-point runs down the stretch to take the first set 25-19.
After allowing the first point of the second set, the Rainbow Wahine caught fire, scoring the next seven points on the serve of Brandt. UH got its lead as high as 14-5 before a quick 5-0 run by Utah Valley cut it back to 14-10. But Hawai`i pulled it together, scoring six of the next seven points to push their lead to 21-11. UH eventually scored the final four points of the set, taking it 25-14.
Hawai`i was able to put it in cruise control in the third. Two early aces by Brandt helped UH get out to a 4-0 lead to start. Ferrell then served the Rainbow Wahine on a 9-0 run, getting the score to 17-2. UVU would pull it back to 17-6 on a quick four-point run, but it wasn't nearly enough as Ferrell pounded her fifth kill of the set to end the match with a 25-10 victory.
UH will now host the Western Athletic Conference Tournament starting Thursday, Nov. 20. Hawai`i tied New Mexico State for the regular season title, but earned the No. 2 seed in the tournament due to the league's tie-breaker. UH will face seventh-seeded Boise State at 7:30 p.m. at the Stan Sheriff Center in their tournament-opener.
Article courtesy of Hawai'i athletics.