HONOLULU – The No. 4 University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Wahine volleyball team (22-1, 12-0 WAC) swept the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters (11-16, 0-10) 25-13, 25-11 and 25-18 in front of a crowd of 5,306 at the Stan Sheriff Center Monday. The win extended UH's nation-long win streaks in conference matches won (37) and sets won (44).
Dani Mafua and Mita Uiato split the setting duties, keeping a balanced UH offense with seven players posting four or more kills. Alexis Forsythe came up with five kills, six blocks and a .833 hitting percentage in just two sets played.
Louisiana Tech started out the first set hot, taking leads of 4-1 and 6-4. But Hawai‘i responded, using a six-point run on Danielson's serve to take a 10-6 advantage. UH would push their lead as high as 15-8 and 20-11 before taking the set 25-13.
Hawai‘i opened an 11-5 edge to start the second set. LTU pulled it back to 11-8. But the Rainbow Wahine went on a big run, scoring 14 of the final 17 points, including the last eight points of the set, taking it 25-11.
Head Coach Dave Shoji started a lineup with all five freshmen in the third set. After the youngsters started the set down 4-2, Kaela Goodman served the team on a five-point run, putting UH ahead 7-4. Tech would pull back within a point on four occasions before Hawai‘i pulled away, scoring nine of the last 12 points to win 25-18.
The Rainbow Wahine will stay at home for a non-conference match against Hawai‘i Pacific on Friday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. The match will be preceded by the annual alumnae match, scheduled to start at 5 p.m.
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