HONOLULU – (Hawaii Athletics) Ashley Kastl led a balanced Rainbow Wahine effort as the University of Hawai'i women's volleyball team overcame a sluggish start to beat Texas Tech on Friday night in exhibition action at the Stan Sheriff Center. Set scores were 18-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-17.
Kastl posted a match-high 16 kills (.263) with six Rainbow Wahine players recording five or more kills. Tai Manu-Olevao had 10 kills and Mita Uiato had a team-best 12 digs.
Jenna Allen and Breeann David had 14 and 13 kills, respectively to lead the Red Raiders. Rachel Brummitt had a match-high 18 digs.
The 'Bows got off to a slow start when Texas Tech opened a 7-2 lead to start the match. UH battled back on aJane Croson (5 kills, 6 digs) kill and back-to-back kills by Manu-Olevao and Kristiana Tuaniga (8 kills). UH would never be able to get over the hump though as the Red Raiders closed the set on an 8-2 run to win easily. Allen accounted for half of her team's points during the spurt.
Set two saw UH again get off to a slow start but take control midway through the set to even the match. Texas Tech led 6-3 after a Kastl error, but UH went on a 7-2 run capped by a Manu-Olevao kill, forcing the Red Raiders to call a timeout. The set remained close until Kastl's kill sparked a 6-3 run that put the 'Bows comfortably ahead 22-16.
UH used a late run to win a close third set going away. Back-to-back kills by Uiato, and another by Kastl, gave the 'Bows an 11-10 lead but kills by Allen and Meghan Stacey tied the game at 13-13. That would be the last tie of the game though, as UH slowly pulled away then used a 5-0 late run to seal the win. Jade Vorster (8 kills, 2 blocks) smacked a pair of kills and Kastl clinched the set with a kill of her own.
Hawai'i took control early in the fourth set, racing out to a 9-3 lead and never looking back. The 'Bows led by as many as 10 points before cruising to the set win and the match.
The contest was the only at the Stan Sheriff Center for the 'Bows this spring. UH will continue to practice before closing their spring season with an April trip to San Diego State.