The No. 13 University of Hawai'i women's volleyball team (10-4, 3-0 Big West) swept Cal State Fullerton, 25-13, 25-16, 25-18 in UH's Big West home opener on Friday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The UH offense was spread around with Annie Mitchem and Kirsten Sibley leading UH with nine kills apiece. Nikki Taylor finished with eight kills while Emily Maglio put down seven in two sets played.
Mitchem got her first start of the season at middle hitter after starting the last four matches since returning from injury at leftside hitter. She led the Rainbow Wahine with a .375 hitting percentage with just three errors in 16 swings. She also added three blocks (one solo) plus one dig.
Sibley hit .368 for the match, with two errors on 19 attacks. She also added one dig and had a pair of blocks for the 'Bows.
Taylor led Hawai'i with five total blocks to go with a service ace and four digs. For the first time this season, Taylor did not tally double-digit kills which snapped a streak of 18-straight matches dating by to last season.
Reigning Big West Freshman of the Week, Norene Iosia, recorded 25 assists with a service ace and two digs.
UH's libero Savanah Kahakai led the 'Bows with 11 digs for her 11th double-digit dig match of the season. McKenna Granato was quiet at the net with just two kills, but recorded 10 digs and a block on defense.
As a team, Hawai'i used 17 players in the win. UH out-hit the Titans, .284 to -.022 and out-blocked CSF, 8.0-to-6.0. In the first set, the 'Bows had a sideout percentage of 85%. For the match UH finished at 77%.
Cal State Fullerton (6-11, 1-2 Big West) was led by current BWC Player of the Week, Shimen Fayad, who had a team-high seven kills, but hit -.034 for the match with eight errors on 29 attempts. Rachel Hall posted 14 assists, Torrey Tinney tallied a match-high 12 digs.
Prior to the match, the 2015 Rainbow Wahine squad was honored for going undefeated and winning the Big West last season with commemorative Hawaiian bracelets. All 15 players—including both Tai Manu-Olevao and Olivia Magill who graduated last spring—were recognized in the pre-match ceremony.
Next up for Hawai'i is UC Riverside who will come to the SSC for a 5:00 p.m. match on Sunday, Oct. 1.
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