Wahine beat Albany, will play for title

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Jade Vorster had 12 kills with no errors, Emily Hartong recorded a match-high 17 kills, and the No. 8 University of Hawai'i women's volleyball team topped Saint Mary's in four sets (25-20, 22-25, 25-19, 25-19) on Day 2 of the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Vorster put up big numbers in just her second match in a Rainbow Wahine uniform. The redshirt freshman posted a .750 kill percentage on the evening and equaled a match-high six blocks. Mita Uiato led the team with 18 digs and Hartong added 13 digs as UH (2-0) now plays Stanford on Sunday for the tourney title.

Kristina Graven had 15 kills and 16 digs for the Gaels who fall to 0-2 on the season. Lauren Corp added a match-high 21 digs.

Hawai'i struck first with a solid 25-20 win in set one. The 'Bows grabbed the lead early and steadily kept the advantage.  Leading 13-10, UH grabbed a foothold of the set when kills by Jane Croson (14 kills, 10 digs) and Vorster helped push the lead to 20-13. Croson later put down a thunderous kill to clinch the win.

SMC would not go quietly, winning set two 25-22 to even the match. After Croson posted a kill to even the score at 5-5, the Gaels won five of the next six points led by kills from Graven and Katie Reninger (4 kills). The 'Bows cut the lead to one point at 15-14, but another Graven kill capped a 6-2 SMC run as the Gaels grabbed control and evened the match.

After their second-set hiccup, the 'Bows regained the momentum and put the match to rest with wins in sets three and four. The fourth set saw SMC rally from five points down to even the score at 17-17, but three kills down the stretch by Kalei Adolpho clinched the win for Hawai'i. Adolpho poured in nine kills and six blocks.

6,242 tickets were issued for the contest, with 4,701 fans coming through the turnstiles.

UH meets the sixth-ranked Cardinal on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. following the conclusion of Saint Mary's vs. Albany.

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