No. 6 Hawai'i Sweeps Cal Poly To Close Regular Season
HONOLULU, Hawai'i - The No. 6 University of Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine volleyball team (28-3) swept the Cal Poly Mustangs (16-13) 25-17, 25-19 and 25-23 in front of a crowd of 6,687 on senior night at the Stan Sheriff Center to close out its regular season Friday.
Jamie Houston hit .300 with 15 kills, six digs, three blocks and two service aces, becoming just the second player in UH history to eclipse the 2,000-kill plateau. Aneli Cubi-Otineru added nine kills, six digs and three blocks while hitting .421. Amber Kaufman hit .462 with eight kills, four digs and two blocks with Nickie Thomas posting six kills and three blocks. Kanani Danielson led all players with 11 digs and seven kills while Dani Mafua had 40 assists and two kills in her first start since Nov. 15.
Hawai`i opened the first set with a 5-1 lead. But Cal Poly answered with three-straight points to cut it back to 5-4. After trading sideouts, the Rainbow Wahine used a 5-1 run to go ahead 13-8. A 3-0 run later in the set got it to 16-10, before they closed out the set with a 5-1 run to end it 25-17. The set-winner came on Houston's 2,00th career kill.
UH rode that momentum, jumping out to leads to 5-3 and 12-5 to start the second set. Hawai`i got it to 23-14 before the Mustangs started to make their run. Cal Poly reeled off five-straight points to cut it to 23-19. But the Rainbow Wahine made the final push as a block by Houston and Thomas closed it out 25-19.
The third set started out with the teams going back-and-forth, with Cal Poly tying it at 7-7. UH responded by scoring six of the next seven points, taking a 13-8 advantage. The Mustangs then used a 4-1 run to cut it back to 14-12. Hawai`i later ran its lead to 19-14 and took its first match point at 24-20. After allowing three points to Cal Poly, Kaufman put away the match-winner, taking the third set 25-23.
The Rainbow Wahine will now await their NCAA Tournament destiny, as the NCAA Selection Show will be aired on ESPNU at 5 p.m. HST on Sunday, Nov. 30.
Article courtesy of Hawai'i athletics.