FULLERTON, Calif. - The University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine volleyball team concluded a successful Big West Conference road trip, sweeping Cal State Fullerton 25-22, 25-14, 25-18 on Saturday night at Titan Gym. The 'Bows improved to 16-5 overall and 8-2 in league play.
Hawaii displayed a well-balanced performance on both sides of the net. Olivia Magill had a team-high eight kills, hitting .727 for the night with no errors. Nikki Taylor put down a match-high six blocks, Kalei Adolpho had seven kills and five blocks, and Tai Manu-Olevao added six kills and 12 digs. Savanah Kahakai started at libero and posted a career-high 17 digs.
Niki Withers and Megan Kurz led Cal State Fullerton (7-15, 1-8 BWC) each with a match-high 11 kills. Paige Reed added a team-best 17 digs.
The 'Bows never trailed en route to their opening set win. Kills by Manu-Olevao and Taylor helped UH to a 5-2 lead, then a kill from Magill extended the advantage to 13-9. After the lead swelled to six points the Titans made a run to cut the score to 21-19, but the 'Bows responded to hold on for the win.
UH had little trouble with CSF in sets two and three. Manu-Olevao's kill and block highlighted a 5-0 Rainbow Wahine run to all but put the set to bed. Hawaii led 15-6 at that point and rolled to the win. Set three saw the 'Bows run off five straight points midway through the frame and win going away.