UH women's volleyball downs Utah Valley 3-1
HONOLULU—The No. 18 University of Hawaii women's volleyball team (8-0) defeated Utah Valley in four sets, 25-20, 25-20, 20-25, 25-15 on Day 2 of the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Volleyball Challenge. Freshman outside hitter Hanna Hellvig led Hawai'i by recording her first career double-double on Friday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
With the loss of UH kill leader Jolie Rasmussen last night due to injury, Hawai'i needed someone to step up, and Hellvig did. She posted career-highs of 17 kills and 17 digs while also while tying her career-high with a team-high five blocks. It marked the fifth time this season that she has had double-digit kills and the second time this year with 10+ digs.
Junior outside hitter Brooke Van Sickle added 11 kills with six digs, three service aces, two assists and a block. It was the fourth time this year that Van Sickle has logged double figures in kills.
Senior setters Norene Iosia and Bailey Choy combined for 42 assists. Iosia had a match-high 22 assists with three service aces and nine digs, while Choy had 20 assists with 10 digs to post her fifth double-double this year and second of the tournament.
After trading sideouts early in the first set, Hawai'i went on a 6-to-0 run—four points coming off of UVU hitting errors with Van Sickle serving that gave UH a 12-7 lead. UH extended its lead to 23-16 but the Wolverines rallied for four straight points to cut their deficit to three at 23-20. Hellvig then hammered a kill off the block to snap the Wolverine run and McKenna Ross ended the first set with a kill from the left to give UH a 25-20 Set 1 win.
The second set saw the score tied seven times with four lead changes. UVU see-sawed back into the lead, and led by as many as three points late at 20-17. But with junior libero Rika Okino serving, the 'Bows went on an 8-to-0 run to come from behind to take the second set, 25-20.
The Wolverines were on fire to start the third set and UH struggled to find any rhythm. UVU began by jumping out to a 13-to-3 lead. Hawai'i tried to rally back, but the deficit was too much to overcome as Utah Valley coasted to a 25-20 win in Set 3.
The Rainbow Wahine righted the ship in the fourth set, getting off to an early 5-2 lead highlighted by a pair of Iosia aces to start the frame. UH led Set 4 from start to finish, pulling away down the stretch to win by 10 points, 25-15.
Utah Valley was led by Kazna Tarawhiti who put down a match-high 21 kills. Both Seren Merrill and Jaysa Funk Stratton had 14 digs each to lead the Wolverines and Sadi Hamson had a team-high four blocks.
Hawai'i out-high UVU .227-to-.153, had a 55-to-51 edge in kills, and for the eighth time in as many games, the 'Bows out blocked the Wolverines 10-to-7. It marked the sixth match this season that Hawai'i recorded double-digit blocks.
Hawai'i will renew their longtime rivalry with UCLA on Saturday night—the final day and what has set up to be the Championship Match of the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Volleyball Challenge. Last year, UCLA was scheduled to open the 2018 season in Honolulu, but Hurricane Lane forced the Bruins to stay at home as the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic was canceled.