(Hawaii Athletics) - The University of Hawai'i women's volleyball team swept Cal State Fullerton in their Big West home opener, 25-15, 25-19, 25-21 on Friday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.  Norene Iosia notched her 11th double-double of the season, leading the Rainbow Wahine with a match-high 10 kills to go with 11 assists while Casey Castillo added nine kills. Natasha Burns had a match-high four blocks and Tita Akiu recorded a match-high 17 digs to help UH improve to 7-5 overall and 3-0 in the Big West.
Iosia hit .450 for the night, with just one error in 20 attacks. The junior setter/outside hitter also added five digs, three blocks and a service error to fill her stat line.
Castillo hit for a .350 hitting percentage, with just two errors in 20 attacks. She also had four digs, an assist and her two blocks brought her total to 100 career blocks.
Akiu continued her prowess in the back row as she posted her 12th double-digit dig match of the season with 17. She also had one assist.
Making her Rainbow Wahine debut was freshman Kamalei Krug who came off the bench to play in all three sets. She had two kills and had three solid blocks in her first appearance on the Teraflex. Krug is the first student-athlete from Anuenue School to play any sport at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.
In the first set, after starting the set tied at 1-1, the Titans took the lead and held it until UH was able to tie things up at 10-10. Soon after, with McKenna Granato behind the service line, UH went on an eight-point run that saw both of CSUF's timeouts, three service aces, two kills by Iosia, and one by Castillo and two CSUF errors. The run left UH with a 19-11 lead from which the Titans could not recover from. UH ended the set on a 14-to-4 run.
Hawai'i led the second set from wire-to-wire, slowly pulling away to take it, 25-19. The frame was highlighted by Burns' four blocks as both she and Iosia added three kills apiece in the set. As a team, UH recorded 5.0 blocks of their 8.0 blocks in the second set alone.
The Rainbow Wahine jumped out to 14-7 lead to start the third set. But then the Titans started to battle back, going on an 8-to-2 run that brought them within one point at 17-16. But after a UH timeout, the 'Bows got three quick points off a Kirsten Sibley kill, an ace by Faith Ma'afala, and a handling error on the Titans that gave UH some breathing room at 20-16. Hawai'i went on to complete the sweep with a 25-21 Set 3 win.
For the first time since Idaho on Sept. 6, Hawai'i out-blocked their opponent 8.0-to-5.0.
Cal State Fullerton (6-11, 0-4 Big West) was led by Gabriella Barcelos who had seven kills. Madeline Schneider had 11 digs and Courtney Mueller had 12 assists to lead the Titans.
UH has a quick turnaround, as the Rainbow Wahine take on UC Riverside on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7:00 pm in the Stan Sheriff Center.