HONOLULU-The No. 12 University of Hawai’i women’s volleyball team (9-1, 0-0 Big West) defeated CSU Bakersfield (2-8, 0-0 WAC) in four sets, 25-11, 25-14, 24-26, 25-15. For the third-straight match, Hawai’i had three players record double-digit kills-led by junior opposite Nikki Taylor who notched her fourth double-double of the season with 20 kills and 11 digs. Olivia Magill buried 11 kills and Tai Manu-Olevao added 10. UH libero Savanah Kahakai tallied a career-high 23 digs and Tayler Higgins had a season-high five while dishing out 40 assists on Friday night in the Stan Sheriff Center with 6,458 tickets issued.
It marked the fourth time this season that Taylor has hit the 20-kill mark this season. She hit .441 on the night with five errors on 34 swings. She also tied her season high with eight blocks.
Magill tied Taylor with a match-high eight blocks as well. Magill, a senior middle hitter, registered a .478 hitting percentage for the match, hitting just one error in 23 attempts.
For Manu-Olevao, it was her third straight game drilling 10+ kills with her 11 tonight. She hit .269 with four errors in 26 attempts. She also added five digs and two blocks.
Kahakai was all over the floor, racking up her career-high in digs and she also had three assists.
Sophomore middle hitter Emily Maglio led all players with a .571 hitting percentage with four kills in seven attempts and no errors. She was one block shy of tying her career-high, rejecting five shots back to the Roadrunners’ side of the net.
As a team, UH out-blocked CSUB, 15.0-to-1.0 and out-hit the Roadrunners, .380-to-.108. In the second set, UH was a perfect 14-for-14 in sideout percentage.
The Rainbow Wahine started fast and played efficiently through the first two sets. UH jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and later, UH extended their lead to 11-2 behind the serving of Savanah Kahakai. The Rainbow Wahine pulled away to take the first set, 25-11.
The second set was much of the same as UH, with the ‘Bows hitting at a .625 clip while holding CSUB to .222 hitting percentage. Taylor led UH hitting .833 (5-for-6) while capturing the second set 25-14.
In the third set however, UH spotted the Roadrunners an early 4-0 lead and the ‘Bows would struggle mightily for the rest of the set. UH caught CSUB at 7-7, but did not take their first lead until they went up 10-9. In the third set alone, there were nine ties and two lead changes. But UH fell behind late and were down by three at 18-21 before knotting the set up at 22-22. CSUB kept charging and UH kept tying it twice more before the Roadrunners prevailed 26-24 to take the third set. Hawai’i had seven of their 11 hitting errors in the third set.
The ‘Bows bounced back though in the fourth set, returning the favor as they burst out to a 5-0 lead all on Higgins’ serve-which included two aces. Hawai’i would throw it into cruise control as they coasted to a 25-15 win to take the match in four sets.
The Roadrunners were led by Kelsee Sawyer who had 16 kills and Jocelyn Rodriguez who had 13 digs.
These two teams will square off again on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 5:00 pm following UH’s annual Alumnae vs. Alumnae game at 3:00 p.m.