The University of Hawaii women’s volleyball team saw its season end in the Sweet 16 with a 29-27, 25-22, 25-19 to Nebraska on Friday afternoon.
The Rainbow Wahine end their 2019 season at 26-4 after advancing to the second weekend of the NCAA tournament since 2015.
“It could have gone either way,” said an emotional Robyn Ah Mow after the match. “Either way, it could have gone. But that high of that (first) set, it was just going back and forth.”
“We came back in the second, a couple balls here and there in the beginning. But like I said, my team, they just keep fighting. That’s them and that’s the culture that they’ve built.”
Brooke Van Sickle led Hawaii with 14 kills, while Lexi Sun had 14 of her own for the Cornhuskers. Sun also finished one dig shy of a double-double with nine.
“Coach Rob told us we played our hardest,” said Van Sickle. “We fought really hard from beginning to end. She’s really proud of us for what we were doing. As a team, we feel good about our performance. Obviously it sucks because losing sucks. Hopefully next year will be different.”
“I told the juniors, you guys got really big shoes to fill,” said Ah Mow. “These guys did great from spring. I’m proud of them.”
The Cornhuskers (28-4) seized momentum after taking a back-and-forth first set. Nebraska didn’t lead until 17-16 in the set, but rallied back from facing set point at 24-23.
Nebraska was in control of sets two and three as the Wahine kept both close but never truly threatened. The Cornhuskers will now face Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon for a spot in the Final 4.