The No. 3 University of Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine volleyball team (24-1, 13-0 WAC) swept the Fresno State Bulldogs (11-15, 5-9) 25-20, 25-18 and 25-22 at the Save Mart Center Thursday, extending their nation-long streaks in sets won, at 50, and conference matches won, at 38.
Fresno State took the early lead, going ahead 3-2 in the first set. But Hawai'i answered with a couple Hewitt points, on a block and a kill, taking the lead at 4-3. UH extended their lead to 12-9 before it got close with both teams going back-and-forth. The Rainbow Wahine wouldn't be able to get it to more than a three-point lead again until a kill by Satele made it 23-19. After giving up a Bulldog point, UH put it away, scoring on a kill by Hewitt and a Fresno State hitting error, ending it 25-20.
Hawai'i jumped out early in the second set as a block by Hewitt and Danielson put UH ahead 6-2. The Bulldogs pulled within a point at 11-10 after a three-point run, forcing a timeout by Head Coach Dave Shoji. Fresno State kept pushing, staying within a point at 17-16, before the Rainbow Wahine pulled away, scoring eight of the final 10 points in the set to get the 25-18 second set victory.
UH again made an early push in the third set, going ahead 5-1. But the Bulldogs came up big, scoring nine of the next 12 points to go ahead 15-12 at the media timeout. Hawai'i stayed in it before using a 7-1 run to push into the lead at 21-17. A couple of kills by Danielson got UH to match point at 24-20 before her 16th kill of the night ended it at 25-22.