The No. 15 University of Hawai'i women's volleyball team (17-5, 10-1 Big West) played arguably their best match thus far this season in a quick dismantling of Long Beach State (16-9, 10-2 BWC) in straight-sets, 25-13, 25-15, 25-16, to take sole-poss first place in the Big West on Friday night at the Stan Sheriff Center. Annie Mitchem tied her career-high with 13 kills while Emily Maglio added 10 and recorded a match-high four blocks.
Mitchem, also tallied a season-high hitting .619 with no errors on 21 attacks. She also added four digs and two blocks for a match-high 15.0 points. It marked the sixth time this season that she has put up double-digits in kills.
Maglio hit .450 with just one kill in 20 swings. It marked Maglio's eighth match with double-figures in kills. She patrolled the net, helping the 'Bows out-block the Beach, 8.0-to-3.0. Maglio also added three digs.
Nikki Taylor had a quiet night at the net, but spoke loudly from behind the service line, dealing out five aces in the match—three straight in the second and two more in the third. She served a total of 22 times in the sweep. Taylor added six kills, eight digs and a block.
Setter Norene Iosia deftly dished out 33 assists, often serving her hitters up with split blocks or none at all. She finished the match just one dig shy of a double-double and had one block solo on a joust at the net.
Libero Savanah Kahakai flew around the court to pop-up a match-high 16 digs. She also notched an ace and a pair of assists. It was Kahakai's 17th match with double-digit digs.
In the first set, Hawai'i slowly pulled away in the middle of the set, but then kicked things into overdrive behind the serving of Annie Mitchem. She served seven straight balls which resulted in an 11 point lead for UH at 22-11. Maglio paced the 'Bows pummeling five kills from the middle to propel the 'Bows to the set 1 win.
Nikki Taylor forced her will upon the 49ers from behind the service line. She blasted 10 serves—including three straight aces—to give UH an early 11-1 lead to start the second set. From there, the 'Bows built as big as a 20-7 lead before Long Beach State was able to rally to score some points in the end. UH captured the second set, 25-15 with Mitchem logging five kills to pace the 'Bows.
The third set began with three ties but then UH took control and never looked back. Once again, Hawai'i's Taylor helped to extend their lead with a six-serve streak in which she added two more kills. LBSU tried to rally late, but UH closed the door with a 25-16 win in the third.
Long Beach State's Nele Barber, the reigning BWC Player of the Week, led her team with nine kills and 13 digs. Missy Owens had a team-high 21 assists and two blocks.
The win for Hawai'i marked their 16th-straight conference home win, dating back to 2014.
The win also brings head coach Dave Shoji's career record to 1,196 and now needs just four wins to hit the 1,200 win milestone.
The Rainbow Wahine will have little rest as they take on CSUN (9-15, 4-7 Big West) on Saturday night at 7:00 pm in the Stan Sheriff Center.
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