In front of a regionally televised audience on FOX Sports West, the No. 6 University of Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine volleyball team made quick work of Long Beach State in a 25-11, 25-21, 25-16 win on Friday night at the Walter Pyramid. Emily Hartong posted her seventh double-double (14 kills, 11 digs) and hit an impressive .414 to help Hawai'i improve to a perfect 3-0 in the Big West Conference and 14-1 overall.
A plethora of Rainbow players got in on the action. Nikki Taylor had 11 kills and hit for a .421 clip, Tai Manu-Olevao posted 10 kills and four blocks, and Mita Uiato had 36 assists, 11 more than the 49ers had as a team.
Delainey Aigner-Swesey and Chisom Okpala shared team-high honors with nine kills a-piece for LBSU (8-8, 1-2 BWC).
The 'Bows had an 11-8 edge in team blocks but held LBSU to just a .079 hitting percentage that proved to be the difference.
The Rainbow Wahine were dominant in set one en route to the 25-11 win. UH scored the first three points of the set but the 49ers responded to take a 7-6 lead on an Alex Reid and Haleigh Hampton block. That would be the only momentum LBSU would find as the 'Bows went on a 19-4 run to close the set.
UH scored the first eight points of set two and looked poised to run away with it. A Jade Vorster (7 kills, 4 blks) kill pushed the lead to 18-6 as the 'Bows began to experiment with their bench. The 49ers would find a groove though and mounted a 13-4 run to cut the Rainbow lead to just three points. Hampton contributed two kills and two blocks in the run and Okpala had a kill and a block to shave the UH lead to just 22-19. The 'Bows went Hartong down the stretch and her two late kills buried the 49ers as the 'Bows took a 2-0 sets lead.
The momentum from LBSU's late set two run did not carry over as Hawai'i opened set three on a 6-0 run and never looked back. Kristiana Tuaniga buried the final kill to clinch the impressive sweep for the Rainbow Wahine.
The 'Bows will have little time to rest as they take on UC Irvine on Saturday. First serve is set for 7:00 p.m. PT (4:00 p.m. HT).
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