MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - It appears to be the season of upsets at this year's NCAA Women's volleyball tournament. Turns out half of the Elite Eight field are 10th seeds and higher, and that includes Hawaii and it's next opponent. In Friday's regional semifinal, Hawaii faced Illinois for the ninth time in school history. The Fighting Illini wasted no time by taking the first set. Hawaii countered with Stephanie Ferrell who had a career night with 19 kills. The Rainbow Wahine then dominated the second set 25-10.
Aneli Cubi-Otineru made a bit of history on Friday, her 12 kills made her the second UH player to record 1000 plus kills in just 3 years. Cubi-Otineru now has 1,010 career kills. Most of the power hitting in the match came from Kanani Danielson. She recorded 8 of her 21 kills in the fourth and final set as 12th seeded Hawaii upset 5th seeded Illinois. UH eliminates the Fighting Illini in the Sweet 16, just like the Rainbow Wahine did in 2003.
13th seeded Michigan also upset 4th seeded Stanford to advance. The match up Saturday then becomes the wolverines versus the wahine. It's their first match ever in postseason play. Overall is 2-oh against Michigan all time.
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