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Rainbow Wahine advance in NCAA Tournament, downing Mississippi State in five sets

The University of Hawaii women’s volleyball team moves onto the second round of the NCAA...
The University of Hawaii women’s volleyball team moves onto the second round of the NCAA Tournament after surviving a five set match with Mississippi State.(Hawaii Athletics)
Published: Dec. 3, 2021 at 6:32 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The University of Hawaii women’s volleyball team moves onto the second round of the NCAA Tournament after surviving a five set match with Mississippi State.

Despite a slow start to the match, Hawaii would prevail 17-25, 25-14, 25-13, 21-25, 15-11 to down the Bull Dogs in Seattle on Friday.

MSU came out swinging to start the even, dominating Hawaii to take the first set, before a complete reversal by UH to easily take the the next two sets.

The Bull Dogs weren’t done yet, taking set for to force a win-or-go home fifth set.

Hawaii would prevail in the end to advance to the next round where they will face the winner of the Washington-Brown match.

Reigning Big West Conference Player of the Year Brooke Van Sickle and setter Kate Lang each contributed a double-double — Van Sickle finished with 16 kills and 23 digs, while Lang notched 10 digs and 47 assists.

Hawaii moved to 22-7 on the year.

The next match is set for Saturday at 5:00 p.m. Hawaii time on ESPN +.

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