Volleyball: Wahine whip Rebels

The second ranked Wahine make quick work of UNLV.

HONOLULU - The No. 2 University of Hawai`i Rainbow Wahine (11-1) defeated the UNLV Rebels (6-5) 30-16, 30-9 and 30-22 in front of a crowd of 7,419, in the homecoming of former UH All-American Deitre Collins, now the head coach at UNLV, at the Stan Sheriff Center Saturday.

Kim Willoughby led the way again, putting up 15 kills, 10 digs and three blocks while hitting .560 in two games played. Lauren Duggins hit a perfect 5-for-5 on the night with six digs and three blocks in two games while Lily Kahumoku had nine kills, seven digs and a .471 hitting percentage in two games. Melody Eckmier provided a spark in the third game, putting away two kills, four blocks and one ace.

Hawai`i took control early in game one, jumping out to a 10-1 lead early on. UNLV would keep the deficit at nine before a 5-0 run that included three straight kills by Willoughby put UH up 22-8. The Rebels would get within 11 points a couple more times before the Rainbow Wahine took the first game 30-16.

UNLV kept it a little closer to start game two, as UH held a lead of just 6-4 early. But Hawai`i responded with a huge 16-2 run to go up 22-6 and never looked back. Maja Gustin would serve the Rainbow Wahine on a 6-0 run to end game two 30-9. It was the first time this season that UH held a team under 10 points.

Head coach Dave Shoji then unloaded the bench in game three, starting Alicia Arnott and Susanne Boogaard on the left, Nohealani Tano on the right, Eckmier and Karin Lundqvist and Cayley Thurlby at setter. UNLV held the lead for most of the first half of game three, taking a 15-12 lead at the media timeout. Hawai`i would finally come back with a 5-0 run on Boogaard's serve to take an 18-16 lead. The Rebels would tie it at 18 and 21 before the Rainbow Wahine went on a 9-2 run to end game three, taking the game 30-22.

Hawai`i will head on the road next week, playing a Friday match at San Jose State before playing Santa Clara on Sunday at 1 p.m. Pacific time

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