The No. 17 University of Hawai'i women's volleyball team (14-5, 7-1 Big West) swept UC Davis to close UH's Homecoming Week festivities, 25-16, 25-11, 25-15. Nikki Taylor and McKenna Granato both buried a match-high nine kills while Taylor tied her season-high with eight blocks to lead the Manoa Roofing Company. The Rainbow Wahine notched their 10th sweep of the season on Sunday night at the Stan Sheriff Center with an attendance of 6,291.
As a team, Hawai'i recorded a .325 hitting percentage while holding the Aggies to a -.040 hitting percentage. It marked the fourth time this season and in conference that UH has held their opponents to a negative hitting percentage. The 'Bows also out-blocked UC Davis, 12.0-to-2.0 with Taylor leading the charge. She also recorded three digs and an assist in the win. Taylor is now closing in on No. 12 on the UH Career-Kill list with 1,259 total kills. She now need just seven kills to tie former UH All-American Diana Jessie (1984-87) who currently holds No. 12 with 1,266 career kills.
The two Canadians, Natasha Burns and Emily Maglio, both added six blocks apiece. For Burns, it marked a career-high for her in blocks and she added five kills with just one error for a career-high .571 hitting percentage. Maglio and setter Norene Iosia at one point in the third set combined for three consecutive blocks to extend UH's lead to 10-3 which forced the Aggies to call their second and final timeout of the set to regroup.
Iosia recorded her team-leading eighth double-double with a team-high 13 digs to go with 26 assists. It also marked the eighth time that she's recorded double-digit digs in a match. Iosia ended the match with four total blocks and she had a pair of service aces.
In the first set, Taylor paced the 'Bows with five kills and led UH's offensive attack which as a team hit .440 in the frame. Hawai'i had a sideout percentage of 87% (14-16) and scored the final five points, with SavanaH Kahakai serving the last four, to pull away from the Aggies, 25-16.
The second set saw UH score early and often. With Clare-Marie Anderson behind the service line, the 'Bows' lead ballooned to 11-3 serving five-straight times, benefitting from four straight UC Davis attack errors.Annie Mitchem led UH's offense in the set with five kills in eight swings while Maglio recorded four blocks.
Granato went on two long serving runs of seven and five as the 'Bows won the third set, 25-15. UC Davis however, made things very close in the middle of the set. UH held a 13-8 lead when the Aggies started to rally their way back into the set. UCD scored four of the next five points to close to within one point of Hawai'i at 14-13, but UH then reeled of 10 of the next 12 points to win the third set going away, 25-15. Hawai'i had an ultra efficient sideout percentage of 91%, converting on 11 of 12 opportunites.
UC Davis fell to 9-10 overall and 2-4 in conference action. The Aggies were led by Lauren Matias who had eight kills and Kelechi Ohiri who recorded one block. Malia Bolko had a team-high nine digs and Sophia Mar had 13 assists.
Hawai'i will now have their first bye week of the season after eight straight weeks of matches. The Rainbow Wahine will have some time to energize themselves for the homestretch of the season. Next up for UH will be their third roadtrip of the season to play at UC Riverside on Oct. 28 and Cal State Fullerton on Oct. 29.
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