HONOLULU—The University of Hawaii women's volleyball team (2-0) earned their second hard fought, five-set win over a scrappy St. John's squad on Day 2 of the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic. Hawai'i held off the Red Storm, 26-28, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 15-12 on Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center. The match was a tight one with the teams combining for 48 ties and 26 lead changes in the five sets. Once again, junior outside hitter Jolie Rasmussen led UH with 19 kills while freshman pin hitter Hanna Hellvig added 15.
Rasmussen hit .298 on the night with just five errors in 47 swings. She also had five blocks—including three of the solo variety—with three digs. She recorded a game-high 23.0 points.
Hellvig was close behind as she posted five blocks (one solo) with eight digs and two service aces to contribute 20.0 points.
The Manoa Roofing Company was in full effect once again, recording 16.0 blocks in the match. Rookie middle blocker Amber Igiede led UH with a match-high eight blocks. She was close to a double-double with nine kills plus she contributed with a dig and an assist.
The senior setting duo of Norene Iosia and Bailey Choy combined for 46 total assists. Iosia tallied her second-straight double-double with 26 assists and 12 digs. She also had an ace. Choy dished out 20 assists with an ace and eight digs.
In the first set, St. John's jumped out to an early 9-5 lead, but UH quickly responded by scoring four-straight points—three coming on the serve of Rasmussen. The Red Storm however then held off UH down the stretch to take the first set 28-26. UH led by 17-14, but that lead quickly evaporated as the Red Storm was able to tie things up at 18-18. Down the stretch the two teams would tie four more times until SJU was able to escape with a 28-26 win to capture Set 1.
In Set 2, things were close throughout much of the frame until the score was 16-14. Choy then came in to reel of a five-point service run—which included an ace—to lift the 'Bows to a 21-14 lead. Hawai'i would eventually tie the match at 1-1 on a service ace by Iosia.
The Red Storm would then win Set 3, holding off UH 25-23 to take a 2-1 lead.
Once again, UH found themselves down 2-1 and their backs against the wall. But in the fourth frame, it was close through much of the set, but the last tie came at 17-17. Senior outside hitter Kirsten Sibley was serving as UH got two natural points on a kill by Riley Wagoner and an attack error by St. John's that gave the 'Bows a 19-17 lead. UH then held off the Red Storm ending the match on a kill by Rasmussen.
Hawai'i will conclude the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic on Sunday, Sept. 1 at 4:45 p.m. Hawai'i will be vying for its first Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic title since 2013 as it takes on No. 13 Washington.