UH takes control of the Big West with victory over Cal Poly
HONOLULU—The No. 21 University of Hawaii women's volleyball team (20-3, 10-2 Big West) propelled themselves to the top of the Big West standings by defeated Cal Poly (16-7, 9-2 Big West) in four sets, 25-15, 22-25, 25-20, 25-23 on Sunday night at the Stan Sheriff Center. The win avenged their loss at San Luis Obispo earlier this season and gave the Rainbow Wahine their 20th win of the season. Freshman outside hitter Hanna Hellvig led the team with 13 kills while three Rainbow Wahine notched double-doubles in the win. The two wins over the weekend against UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly gives UH the league lead by a half game.
Hellvig hit a solid .312 for the match with just three errors in 32 swings. She was also in on five blocks (one solo) and had four digs for the game. It marked the 18th time this season that she's had double-digit kills and she has been the team's kill leader in 11 of the last 14 matches.
Senior setter/outside hitter Norene Iosia, junior outside hitter Brooke Van Sickle and senior outside hitter McKenna Ross all tallied double-doubles. For Iosia, it marked her 15th double-double of the season and 59th of her career with a team-high 25 assists and match-high 15 digs. Her 15 digs gives her 1,101 career digs. She also added six kills and a block.
Van Sickle made her first start since Oct. 20 after suffering an injury and she did not disappoint. Van Sickle, who has played sparingly in three of the last four matches, came through with 12 kills and 11 digs for her third double-double of the season and first since the West Virginia match on Sept. 12. She also had two blocks and an assist to fill her stat line. It is the fifth time this year that she's had 10+ kills and eighth time that she's had double-digit digs.
For Ross, it marked her first career double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs. It is the seventh time this year that Ross has recorded 10-or-more kills and the second time with double-digit digs.
Freshman Amber Igede led Hawai'i with six blocks to help UH out-block Cal Poly, 9.0-to-7.0. Igiede also had seven kills and a dig.
In Hawaii's first match against the Mustangs, the 'Bows as a team had season-lows in kills (34), hitting percentage (.150), assists (30), and blocks (5.0 – tied with first UCSB match). On Sunday night, UH had 52 kills, hit for a .221 hitting percentage with 50 assists and nine blocks in the four-set win.
The Mustangs capitalized on three UH errors to take an early 3-0 lead to start the match. The Rainbow Wahine quickly made up the deficit. With Kyra Hanawahine serving, UH went on a 5-to-0 run in which UH tied and overtook the Mustangs to take a 7-5 lead. Later, after a Van Sickle kill, Rika Okino serving the 'Bows went on a 5-to-0 run to extend their lead to 15-8. Hawai'i would go on to coast to a 25-15 win in Set 1.
Set 2 saw the two teams tie four times early, the last coming at 7-7. But Cal Poly never trailed in the set. The Mustangs took control and led by as many as five points at 17-12. Hawai'i tried to rally late, closing to within two points at 19-17. But Cal Poly would score two-straight to extend their lead to four, 21-17. UH would rally again to close to within one, twice at 21-20 and 22-21, but the Mustangs would finish on a 3-to-1 run to hold off Hawai'i, 25-22, tying the match at 1-1. After out-hit the Mustangs .414 to -.026 in the first set, the 'Bows hit just .125 while Cal Poly hit a shade under .300 at .297 in the second set.
The Rainbow Wahine would never trail the rest of the match. In Set 3, with UH holding a slim, 5-4 lead, the 'Bows started a 5-to-0 scoring run with an Iosia kill. Ross then served four-straight points which gave UH a 10-4 lead. Cal Poly would score four consecutive point highlighted by back-to-back service aces by Mika Dickson to close to within two points, 12-10. But the 'Bows would go on a 4-to-1 run to extend their lead to 16-11. Hawai'i would cruise to capture the third set, 25-20.
Hawai'i started the fourth set on a 4-to-0 run behind the serving of Iosia. Later, UH went on another 4-0 run with Van Sickle serving to give UH an 8-3 lead. Cal Poly would however go on a 5-to-1 run to trail by just one point at 12-11. The Mustangs would eventually tie the frame up three times, the last coming at 21-21. But the 'Bows would hold off the charging Mustangs for a 25-23 win in Set 4 for a 3-1 match victory.
Cal Poly only had five players record a kill and were led by Maia Dvoracek who racked up a double-double with a match-high 29 kills and team-high 13 digs. It is the most kills UH has given up to one player this season. Dickson also had 13 digs to lead the Mustangs. Both Madily Mercer and Meredith Phillips led CP with three blocks apiece.
The Rainbow Wahine out-hit the Mustangs, .221-to-.123 and 52-to-49 in kills. UH edged out CP in assists, 50-to-48 and service aces, 4-to-2 but the Mustangs had 13 service errors while UH had just five serving errors. The 'Bows
It marks the 25th time in the last 26 seasons & 40th time in program history that UH has recorded 20 wins in a season.
The Rainbow Wahine will head off on their final regular season roadtrip this coming week. UH will take on UC Davis on Friday, Nov. 8 at 5:00 p.m. HT. Two days later, the 'Bows will battle UC Riverside on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 12:00 p.m. HT.