Rainbow Wahine volleyball team dispatches CSUN in four sets
Hawaii is 17-6 this season
HONOLULU - Nikki Taylor had 15 kills, Kalei Adolpho added 10 blocks and the University of Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine volleyball team responded from a heartbreaking loss to Long Beach State with a 25-16, 22-25, 25-23, 25-18 win over CSUN on Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Taylor's 15 kills came on .400 hitting to lead an efficient attack for the 'Bows who hit .336 for the match. With the win, Hawai'i (17-6, 9-3 BWC) keeps hope alive for a Big West Conference title and an NCAA Tournament berth.
Olivia Magill had 12 kills and hit at a .611 clip and Kalei Greeley added 11 kills and six digs.
Casey Hinger had 12 kills, eight digs, and three blocks for CSUN (14-8, 5-5 BWC) who swept the 'Bows up in Northridge in their first meeting. Cieana Stinson hit a team-high 14 kills.
The 'Bows jumped out to an early lead to open the match and went on to cruise to the opening set win. The Big West's top blocking team was at it early with three stuffs to open an 8-3 lead and force a CSUN timeout. The Matadors hung around but the 'Bows slowly distanced themselves for the win. Magill banged one of her three kills in the set to seal the win.
UH held a four-point lead in set two but were unable to pull out the win as CSUN evened the match heading to the break. The 'Bows led 11-7 before a Hinger kill and two Danetta Boykin (10 kills, 3 aces) aces gave CSUN a 13-12 lead. Boykin and Rachel Diaz (4 kills, 4 blks) later got in on a block to put CSUN up by three as the Matadors closed out the set.
Set three featured some tense moments before the Rainbow Wahine caught fire and pulled out the win. Hinger's kill gave CSUN a 17-13 lead but the 'Bows scored five unanswered points to take an 18-17 lead. The teams went back and forth before Taylor's block put UH ahead for good at 21-20.
The 'Bows now head to their second open weekend of the season and won't retake the court until they play at UC Santa Barbara on Friday, Nov. 21. UH plays Cal Poly the following day to complete its final conference road trip of the season.