8th Ranked Rainbow Wahine extend winning streak to 20 matches

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The No. 8 University of Hawai’i women’s volleyball team powered their way to their 20th-straight win with a three-set sweep at Cal Poly, 25-17, 25-19, 25-18. Hawai’i improves to 25-1 overall and 15-0 in the Big West with just one match left in their regular season. Nikki Taylor led all players with 15 kills while Olivia Magill had a match-high four blocks.

Taylor, the reigning Big West Player of the Week, added two digs, two blocks and a service ace to fill her stat line for the match. It was the 20th time this season that she’s recorded UH’s team-high in kills in a match. It is also the 20th time this season that she’s recorded double-digits in kills.

Magill also tallied double-figures in kills with 12 to go with her four block assists. She hit an efficient .688 with just one error in 16 swings. For the season, the senior’s hitting percentage is at .407 with 227 kills overall. She continues to lead UH averaging 1.55 blocks per set.

Tayler Higgins dished out 29 assists and was one dig shy of a double-double with nine. She also had one block in the match. Savanah Kahakai led UH with 15 digs and she had two service aces and two assists.

The Rainbow Wahine won the first set, 25-17 with Taylor leading the ‘Bows with six kills with Oliva Magill adding five. The set was close early on, but with UH leading 8-6, Kalei Greeley put down a kill and then got three points off her serves to go up by four points, 11-7. Cal Poly then hit one of their three service errors and Clare-Marie Anderson followed by serving four points that gave UH a 15-9 lead from which the Mustangs could not recover from. During that run, Tai Manu-Olevao highlighted the set with back-to-back blocks to help the ‘Bows push past Cal Poly.

In the second set, the Mustangs jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead. But Manu-Olevao then stepped behind the baseline to reel off seven-straight points to take a 7-2 lead. A couple of sidouts later, Kahakai went on another serving run and extended Hawai’i’s lead to 15-3. The Mustangs started to make a comeback and chipped away trying to get back into the set, but UH took the second set, 25-19 to take a 2-0 set lead into the break.

For the third straight set, Cal Poly took an early 3-0 lead before UH was able to score a point. The Rainbow Wahine scored points in bunches to cruise to a 25-18 win to seal the sweep of the Mustangs. UH won the last five straight points-the last four were off Anderson’s serve.

The Mustangs were led by Raeann Greisen’s eight kills while four Cal Poly players had one block each to lead CP.  Nicole Kessler had a match-high 16 digs.

As a team, Hawai’i hit .234 while holding the Mustangs to a stingy .038 hitting percentage for the match. UH notched 41 kills to CP’s 27. Hawai’i also out-blocked Cal Poly, 9.0-to-2.0

Prior to the match, Cal Poly conducted their Senior Night ceremony, starting by honoring UH’s two seniors–Olivia Magill and Tai Manu-Olevao with bouquets of flowers. The Mustangs then recognized their three seniors: Hannah Schleis, Nicole Kessler, and Maddie Kuber.

UH’s 20-match win-streak is the longest since Hawai’i won 26-straight in the 2011 season. On Tuesday, the Rainbow Wahine captured the their eighth Big West crown and their 24th overall conference title with a sweep at UC Irvine. It marked their third Big West title in the last four seasons since rejoining the league in 2012 and their 20th title in the last 21 seasons.

The Rainbow Wahine will head to Santa Barabara on Friday morning for the final leg of their tour-of-California roadtrip. The Rainbow Wahine will take on UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7:00 p.m. in UH’s final regular season match of the season.

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