Volleyball: Hawaii downs Louisiana Tech

The Wahine sweep Louisiana Tech in WAC volleyball action.

HONOLULU - The No. 2 University of Hawai`i Rainbow Wahine (18-1, 6-0 WAC) extended their WAC winning streak to 71 matches, beating the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters (13-9, 2-4 WAC) 30-21, 30-21 and 30-17 in front of a crowd of 6,377 at the Stan Sheriff Center Thursday.

Senior left-side hitter Lily Kahumoku sat out the match with back problems. In her absence, Lauren Duggins picked up the slack, putting away 12 kills and seven blocks while hitting an amazing .733. Kim Willoughby recorded a double-double with 17 kills and 10 digs, while Susanne Boogaard had a team-high 11 digs, four blocks and nine kills while hitting .389. Kanoe Kamana`o added 34 assists, 10 digs and a couple of aces.

Louisiana Tech scored the first point of the match on a service ace by Joy Okpa. But UH then reeled off eight straight points on the serve of Kamana`o to go up 8-1. They would increase the lead to 14-3 before the Lady Techsters would come back, cutting the lead to 17-12 and then 21-17 before Hawai`i came back with a five-point run that led UH to a 30-21 game one victory.

The Rainbow Wahine got an early lead of 11-5 in game two before Louisiana Tech stormed back to get it down to 19-16 and 20-17. Tech would keep the deficit tight at 24-20 before UH went on a 6-1 run to take the game 30-21.

Hawai`i jumped out to a 11-4 lead in game three, recording three big blocks in the process. But in the third game, UH would keep their distance throughout, not letting within six points the rest of the way, taking game three 30-17.

The Rainbow Wahine will next host the WAC Eastern Division-leading Southern Methodist Mustangs, who won at San Jose State tonight to up their WAC record to 6-0, Saturday at 7 p.m. UH will then play Arizona on Sunday, Oct. 19, at 5 p.m. in a non-conference match.

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