HONOULU—The No. 15 University of Hawai’i women’s volleyball team (3-3, 0-0 Big West) fell to No. 8 UCLA in straight sets in the championship match of the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic on Saturday night, 25-23, 25-22, 25-22. Nikki Taylor pounded a match-high 17 kills while Emily Maglio had a team-high four blocks and Savanah Kahakai recorded a match-high 19 digs in front of a season-high crowd of 8,503 in the Stan Sheriff Center.

Taylor also had a match-high three aces and just missed her third-straight double-double with nine digs. She hit .054 with 17 kills on 56 attacks with 14 errors.

Maglio tallied a tournament-high total of 17 blocks in the three matches this week. She was the only other Rainbow Wahine in double-digits with 12 kills with just two errors on 30 attempts for a .333 hitting percentage.

In the first set, the early going saw both teams trading points until Hawai’i went on a 7-0 run with Clare-Marie Anderson serving for six of the points. UH took a 12-7 lead, but UCLA came right back reeling off five-straight to erase their deficit to just one point at 12-11. The Rainbow Wahine however went back ahead to lead by as many as four at 19-15 before the Bruins capitalized on four straight UH hitting errors that allowed UCLA to creep back. In the end, UCLA pulled away to end the set on a 5-to-1 run, getting the 25th point on a UH service error.

Hawai’i trailed early in the second set, but UH battled back to take the lead at 6-5 on a string of Anderson serves. The set would be tied seven more times (a total of nine ties in the set) before the Bruins started to inch-worm away from the ‘Bows to go up 2-0 with a 25-22 win in Set 2.

The third set was a tight affair as well with seven ties and four lead changes. The score was knotted at 17-17 when UCLA’s Reily Buechler went to work. She started things with a kill off a Ryann Chandler set and then ripped back-to-back aces to go up 20-17. After a Hawai’i timeout, UH committed its 25th hitting error of the night to fall behind by four, at 21-17. UH tried to comeback but was unable to make up the difference as both teams traded sideouts the rest of the way as the Bruins won the set, 25-22.

UCLA’s Buechler had a double-double to lead the Bruins with 14 kills and 11 digs. She also added two service aces and three blocks. Jordan Anderson added 11 kills and Jennie Frager rejected a match-high six blocks.

Hawai’i will host its final non-conference tournament this coming week with the Outrigger Resorts Volleyball Challenge (Sept. 8-11) Utah Valley, Northern Illinois and No. 5 Washington will all be coming to Honolulu for the tournament.

2016 Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic

All-Tournament Team

Lily Johnson, Missouri State

Lexi Elman, Pacific

Jordan Anderson, UCLA

Emily Maglio, Hawai’i

Norene Iosia, Hawai’i

Jennie Frager, UCLA

Most Outstanding Player – Nikki Taylor, Hawai’i