HONOLULU - The University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine volleyball team took home runner-up honors at the Outrigger Resorts Volleyball Challenge, topping San Francisco 15-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-20 on Sunday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Olivia Magill was the mark of efficiency for the 'Bows, who closed their preseason tournament schedule with a 6-3 overall record. Magill put down a match-high 15 kills while committing just one error and hitting .560. Nikki Taylor belted 14 kills in her first start of season and Tayler Higgins and Sarah Mendoza both added a team-best 11 digs.
Katarina Pilepic was the top hitter for the Dons (5-4) with 13 kills. Kim Gutierrez added a match-high 17 digs.
The 'Bows trailed for much of the opening set. After a Magill kill tied the set early on, the Dons went on a 4-1 run to take a 10-7 lead and force a UH timeout. Hawaii rallied to tie the set on a Kalei Greeley (7 kills, 7 digs) ace, but a 9-1 run to close the set gave USF the early match lead. Oluoma Okaro (12 kills) drilled a pair of kills and was in on a block to close out the set.
UH got off to a much better start on set two. A Higgins dump set put the 'Bows ahead 9-6 then was in a block with Kalei Adolpho (9 kills, 6 blocks) to extend the lead to 15-10. USF rallied and cut the lead to 19-18 on a pair of kills from Valentina Zaloznik (10 kills, 6 blocks), but the 'Bows hung on to even the match heading to the intermission.
UH grabbed early leads in sets three and four before hanging on for the win. Set three saw UH hold leads of four points on three occasions before block assists from Magill and Megan Huff (4 blocks) extended the lead to 21-16. In set four, the 'Bows used a 9-3 run to close set three with Adolpho posting a kill and a solo block to earn the win.
The 'Bows return to action next week, hosting Japanese professional club Toyota Auto Body in an exhibition match before playing Northern Arizona on Friday and Saturday. Friday's match against NAU will be preceded by UH's annual alumnae match.