NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – The No. 21 University of Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine volleyball team suffered its first sweep to a conference opponent since 2010, falling to CSUN 25-17, 25-20, 25-21 on Friday night at the Matadome.
Nikki Taylor and Kalei Greeley both had eight kills for the 'Bows (12-4, 4-1 BWC) who dropped their first Big West Conference match in a big way and had their 21-set win streak snapped. Kalei Adolpho had a match-high seven blocks to lead Hawai'i to a 10-3 advantage in that category. Utah State was the last conference opponent to sweep Hawai'i, winning in straight sets in the final of the 2010 Western Athletic Conference tournament. The Matadors (12-4, 3-1 BWC) were led by Danetta Boykin's match-high 14 kills and Casey Hinger who hit .529 on 10 kills. The opening set saw CSUN take control with a 7-2 run midway through. Boykin posted four kills during that stretch to give the Matadors a 13-8 lead. Adolpho got a kill out of the subsequent UH timeout, but the 'Bows never got closer than five points as the Matadors ran away for the first set win. The 'Bows made a late run in set two after trailing early but were never able to erase the deficit. Natalie Allen's kill put CSUN ahead 17-11, but UH reeled off six of the next seven points to cut the lead to 18-17. That would be as close as the 'Bows would get though as CSUN closed the set on a 6-2 run. A pair of Greeley kills helped the Rainbow Wahine to an early 6-3 lead in set three which was quickly erased after a 6-1 CSUN run. The lead swelled to seven points but the 'Bows again rallied, this time evening the set at 21-21 only to see the Matadors close the set on a 4-0 run and complete the sweep. The 'Bows will have little time to recover as they next travel to Long Beach State to face the 49ers on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. PT (4:00 p.m. HT). The match will be broadcast live on ESPN3.