#17 Rainbow Wahine set to host Hawaiian Airlines Classic


HONOLULU-The No. 17 University of Hawai’i women’s volleyball team (3-0, 0-0 Big West) continues tournament play this weekend as it hosts the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic, Sept. 4-6 at the Stan Sheriff Center. The ‘Bows open the tourney against Iowa (2-1, 0-0 Big-10) on Friday, Sept. 4 at 7:00 pm. On Saturday, Sept. 5, UH will battle American (3-1, 0-0 Patriot League). Hawai’i will close the tourney by taking on No. 25 UCLA (1-1, 0-0 Pac-12) on Sunday, Sept. 6 at 5:00 pm.

The Rainbow Wahine rose one spot in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Coaches’ poll after sweeping last week’s opening Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational. UH earned wins over Idaho, Wichita State and Oregon State to reclaim the tourney title for the ninth time in the 11-year history of the event. Junior opposite Nikki Taylor earned the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player and the Big West’s Player of the Week awards after posting 52 kills in 100 attempts with 19 errors for a .330 hitting percentage while averaging 5.2 kills per set. She also was in on a team-high 15 blocks and was third on the team with 27 digs. In UH’s four-set win over Wichita State, Taylor pounded a career-high 25 kills to go with eight digs and four blocks to help lift the ‘Bows to the victory.

Both senior middle hitter Olivia Magill and junior setter Tayler Higgins made the all-tournament team as well. Magill had a solid opening weekend, recording a team-high .415 hitting percentage with 34 kills in 65 swings with seven errors. Magill was also in on 13 blocks for the tournament.  Taylor set the table for the ‘Bows, dishing out 115 assists and she led Hawai’i with 32 digs. She also had five blocks and a service ace.Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic ScheduleFriday, September 4, 2015 

4:30 pm – American vs. UCLA

7:00 pm – Hawai’i vs. IowaSaturday, September 5, 2015

4:30 pm – UCLA vs. Iowa

7:00 pm – Hawai’i vs. AmericanSunday, September 6, 2015

2:30 pm – Iowa vs. American

5:00 pm – Hawai’i vs. UCLAHawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic Information

When: Friday, Sept. 4 – Saturday, Sept. 6

Where: Honolulu, O’ahu (Stan Sheriff Center)

Television: OCSports (Oceanic Time Warner Cable Channels 16 (SD) and 1016 (HD) -or- Hawaiian Telcom Channel 89 (SD) and 1089 (HD) will be broadcasting all Hawai’i matches of the tournament with Kanoa Leahey calling the play-by-play and Chris McLachlin providing color commentary.

Streaming Video: Hawai’i’s matches are available to watch online at either http://ocsports.tv/ocsports_live -or- BigWest.tv

Radio: ESPN 1420AM will on the airwaves for all of the UH matches live with Tiff Wells handling the play-by-play.

Audio Webcast: Fans can listen to the UH matches online at espn1420am.com.

Live Stats: Live in-game stats are available at HawaiiAthletics.com

Ticket Information: Tickets can be purchased at Stan Sheriff Center Box Office, online at HawaiiAthletics.com, or by phone at (808) 944-2697.

Promotions: Tournament-sponsor Hawaiian Airlines will distribute foam shaka hands to the first 100 UH Fans one hour prior to each UH match. Visit the Hawaiian Airlines promotional table before the match to register for a chance to win a Hawaiian Airlines “Swag Bag”.  Also, sign up for a chance to play the intermission game to win (2) roundtrip neighbor island flights.

Series History: Hawai’ is 2-0 against Big-10 opponent, Iowa. UH won the last meeting. 3-0 on Sept. 3, 2000. It will be the first meeting between UH and American. The Eagles have won the Patriot League 12 times-including four of the last five titles. Hawai’i has a slim lead over UCLA, 37-35. Last season, the Bruins swept the ‘Bows on Sept. 12 in the Outrigger Resorts Volleyball Challenge.

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