Hartong leads Bows to win in volleyball opener

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Emily Hartong had a match-high 14 kills, Ali Longo posted 11 digs, and the No. 8 University of Hawai'i women's volleyball team swept Albany (25-17, 25-6, 25-17) on opening night of the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Kalei Adolpho posted a match-high three blocks to lead a Rainbow Wahine team that recorded 7 team blocks on the evening. Jane Croson had 11 kills with Hartong also adding nine digs. Mita Uiato put up a match-high 26 assists.

Dunja Prgomet had six kills to lead the Great Danes with Traci Vendegrift posting a team-high seven digs.

Despite the romp, set one was competitive until the 'Bows pulled away late. UH trailed by as many as three points before grabbing its first lead at 12-11 on a Croson kill. Albany kept the score close but Hawai'i won seven of the set's final nine points to take the early lead.

UH was too much for Albany in the final two sets, allowing only 23 total points the rest of the way to cruise to the win. The 'Bows had runs of six and seven straight points in their second-set blowout before controlling set three and posting the sweep.

In the opener of the tournament, Stanford swept St. Mary's, 25-14, 25-16, 25-20.

Hawai'i retakes the court Saturday for Day 2 of the Chevron Tourney. The 'Bows play St. Mary's at 7:00 p.m. which will be preceded by Stanford vs. Albany at 5:00 p.m.

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