MANOA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The sixteenth-ranked University of Hawaii volleyball team upset #2 Florida at the Stan Sheriff Center on Friday night in five sets (18-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-17, 15-9). This is UH's first win over a Top-5 team since they upset No. 1 Texas on August 30, 2013 in four sets. It's also the team's first win over a ranked-opponent since the Rainbow Wahine defeated No. 23 Creighton in five sets on September 7, 2013.
Nikki Taylor led the team with a career-high 27 kills. Tai Manu-Olevao added another 16 kills, which is a season-high and Savanah Kahakai popped up a career-high 19 digs to help lift the Rainbow Wahine past the Gators.
UH dropped the first and third sets, but stormed back in the fourth set to push the match to a fifth set. This marked the first five-set match for both teams this season.
Hawaii controlled the final set going on a 6-0 run midway through the fifth set. Florida was not able to respond.
"What can I say? The crowd was great. I had a feeling we could stay with them, we got down in game four, called timeout and said it's not over, let's make it go five, and that's what happened," said head coach Dave Shoji.
The Rainbow Wahine conclude the Outrigger Resorts Volleyball Challenge on Saturday against Eastern Washington. First serve is set for 7 P.M.