#11 Hawai’i sweeps Cal Poly

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HONOLULU-The No. 11 University of Hawai’i women’s volleyball team earned their second sweep of the weekend, knocking off Cal Poly, 25-20, 25-12, 25-19. Nikki Taylor led Hawai’i with 11 kills, but it was UH’s middle hitters-Olivia MagillEmily Maglio, and Annie Mitchem-who drove the Rainbow Wahine to their seventh-straight victory, with a combined .643 hitting percentage with 18 kills in 28 swings and no errors. Hawai’i improved to 11-1 overall and 2-0 in the Big West, while the Mustangs fell to 8-4 overall and 0-1 in the BWC on Saturday night in the Stan Sheriff Center with 7,180 tickets issued.

For the 13th-straight time this season and 15th-straight match dating back to last season, Taylor notched double-digits in the kill column. She has led UH in kills in all but one match thus far this season. Taylor also added two service aces, two digs and two blocks for the match.

Magill notched double-figures in kills for the fourth time this season with 10 kills in 16 attacks and no errors for a .625 hitting percentage. She led Hawai’i with six blocks. It is the eighth time this season that Magill has recorded at least five blocks in a match.

Maglio continued her stellar, steady play, downing five kills with no errors in nine swings for a .556 hitting percentage. She was also in on three blocks.

Mitchem came into the game in relief and drilled three kills in three swings for a perfect 1.000 hitting percentage in limited action.

Setter Tayler Higgins logged her fifth overall and second straight double-double with 37 assists and 10 digs. Higgins also added two blocks for the match.

Libero Savanah Kahakai led UH with 12 digs and also had one service ace and two assists.

Hawai’i out-hit the Mustangs, .333-to-.106 and out-blocked Cal Poly, 10.0-5.0. UH also had six service aces to CP’s one. For the second time this season, UH was 12-for-12 in the second set for a side out percentage of 100%. For the match, the Rainbow Wahine were 40-for-53 for 75% overall.

In the first set, UH went up by as many as six points at 14-9, but Cal Poly then scored six of the next eight points to cut their deficit to just two points. Hawai’i went back up to a 18-14 lead, but the Mustangs fought their way back, scoring three-straight points to trail by 19-18 on back-to-back blocks. Hawai’i hung tough and scored the last four points of to capture the first set, 25-20. Emily Maglio had back-to-back blocks (second combined with Kalei Greeley) to give UH set point. The two blocks were bookended by a pair of Mustang hitting errors.

The second set saw the ‘Bows jump out to a 13-5 lead-the last six-straight points of which came with Clare Marie Anderson behind the service line. The Rainbow Wahine cruised to a 25-12 win in the second set. After two sets, UH’s middle hitters (Magill, Maglio and Mitchem) had 11 kills on 16 swings with no errors for a combined .688 hitting percentage.  In the second set, Tai Manu-Olevao tallied five kills on six swings to lead Hawai’i on offense while Magill was a wall at the net, with four blocks-including one solo.

After jumping out to a quick 3-0 lead early in the third set, Cal Polly reeled off five straight points with Savannah Niemen serving four of them to tie the score at 4-4. Both teams then traded points before UH took the lead for good at 8-7 and never looked back. With Manu-Olevao serving, UH extended their lead to 17-11. During her five-point run, Cal Poly burned both of their timeouts. The ‘Bows then coasted to a 25-19 win in the final set to seal the sweep. Taylor finished the match strong, burying five kills in the final set. She also had back-to-back aces that gave UH a 22-15 lead late in the set.

The Mustangs were led by Adlee Van Winden and Raeann Greisen who both had 12 kills apiece. Savannah Niemen led Cal Poly with three blokcs while Van Winden also had a team-high 11 digs.

The win concludes UH’s 13-match homestand to begin the season. Hawai’i now hits the road for the first time this season, playing at Cal State Fullerton at 7:00 pm on Friday, Oct. 2 and then UC Riverside on Saturday, Oct. 3.

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