Wahine sweep Vandals, UCLA up next

HONOLULU (HawaiiAthletics) - The University of Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine volleyball team dismantled Idaho on Saturday in straight sets, 25-11, 25-14, 25-16, on Day 2 of the Verizon Volleyball Challenge at the Stan Sheriff Center. The 'Bows (7-1) now play UCLA, who swept San Diego State in the opener, 25-11, 25-20, 25-18, on Sunday for the tourney title.

Emily Hartong recorded 15 kills to lead a UH attack that posted a .489 team hitting percentage. Ashley Kastl had 10 kills on 17 swings with Stephanie Hagins coming off the bench to post five kills on six attacks with no errors. As a team, the 'Bows recorded only five errors for the match.

Allison Walker led the Vandals (2-7) with 10 kills and shared team-high honors in digs (6) with Jenna Ellis.

Hawai'i wasted no time in showing its dominance over Idaho. The 'Bows raced out to an 11-2 lead forcing a quick Vandal timeout. The onslaught continued as UH opened up a 19-4 advantage before pacing to the win.

Idaho played UH a little closer in the second set, but eventually the 'Bows took control and again cruised to an easy win. Hawai'i led 9-8 before a host of Rainbow Wahine players got in on the action to help UH win nine of the next 10 points. Kastl recorded the final kill of the set.

Jane Croson posted seven kills and Hartong and Jade Vorster both had a match-high four blocks.

The championship match between the 'Bows and Bruins begins at 5:00 p.m. following Idaho vs. San Diego State at 3:00 p.m.