No. 19 UH women's volleyball falls at Cal Poly, 3-0
(Hawaii Athletics) - The No. 19 University of Hawai'i women's volleyball team (13-3, 3-2 Big West) fell on the road to Cal Poly in three sets, 25-22, 26-24, 25-15 on Friday night at the Mott Athletics Center in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Cal Poly extended the longest active home win streak in the nation to 28 while also extending their current win streak to eight.
Senior setter/outside hitter Norene Iosia recorded her ninth double-double of the season with a team-highs of 18 assists and 12 digs. She became just the 15th Rainbow Wahine to record 1,000 career digs. She needed six digs to reach the milestone coming into the match, and finished the night with 1,006 career digs. The last Rainbow Wahine to hit 1,000 digs was UH standout, Savanah Kahakai, who played for the 'Bows from 2014-17.
Freshman middle blocker Amber Igiede led Hawai'i with eight kills and two blocks (tied with McKenna Ross in blocks). Igiede hit .389 with just one error in 18 attacks.
The first set saw the Mustangs jump out to a 5-0 lead. But the 'Bows were able to quickly come back to tie the set at 5-5 on a Hanna Hellvig serving run. The first set was close with the two teams tying 11 times with six lead changes. UH trailed by three, 23-20, but the 'Bows would score two points to close to within one. But coming out of a Mustang timeout, Cal Poly scored the next two points to take the frame, 25-22. UH hit .086 in the first set.
The second set was tight as well with 13 ties and nine lead changes as the teams continued to trade leads back and forth. UH rallied late to take a two point lead at 24-22. But the Mustangs quickly erased UH's two set points and scored the last four-straight points of the set to take a 2-0 lead, winning Set 2, 26-24.
The third set was all Cal Poly, running their lead to 10 points midway through the set. Although UH tried different combinations of players, the 'Bows were unable to gain any traction as the Mustangs coasted to win Set 3, 25-15 and the match, 3-0.
Cal Poly was led by Maia Dvorcek who recorded a match-high 16 kills and Meredith Phillips who had a match-high four blocks. Setter Avalonn DeNecochea had a match-high 33 assists while Lea Ungar had 14 digs in the win.
The last time UH was swept on the road in a conference match was on October 10, 2014 at CSUN. The Matadors swept the 'Bows, 25-17, 25-20, 25-21. The last time Hawai'i was swept in a conference match was last year when UC Santa Barbara, 28-26, 25-22, 25-21 on Oct. 27, 2018. It also marked the first time UH did not have a player in double-figures in kills since last year's loss to UC Santa Barbara (10/27/18). For the third time in the last six matches, UH recorded a below .200 hitting percentage with a season low, .154. And, for the fourth time in the last three matches, UH was out-blocked, 5.0-to-6.0. The five blocks was also a season low for UH.
It will be a quick turnaround for the Rainbow Wahine as they head down the central coast of California to take on UC Santa Barbara on Saturday in the Thunderdome at 4:00 p.m. HT.