Volleyball: Wahine make short work of Tulsa

Hawaii ends three match road trip with sweep of the Golden Hurricane.

TULSA, Okla. - The No. 2 University of Hawai`i Rainbow Wahine (23-1, 9-0 WAC) defeated the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (11-11, 2-7 WAC) 30-20, 30-22 and 30-26 in front of a crowd of 300 at the Reynolds Center Saturday, extending their WAC winning streak to 74 matches.

Kim Willoughby had a match-high 21 kills, eight digs, three aces and three blocks. Nohealani Tano came up big with eight kills on just 10 attempts while adding three blocks. Lauren Duggins added nine kills, three blocks and a .412 hitting percentage while Alicia Arnott had a team-high 10 digs. Maja Gustin led UH's effort at the net with four blocks while Karin Lundqvist hit a perfect 4-for-4 in one game played.

Tulsa would keep it close early in the first game, earning a 10-10 tie to start the match. UH would then respond with six of the next eight points to go up 16-12. Hawai`i would then add a 5-1 run and a late 4-0 run to win game one, 30-20.

The Rainbow Wahine would spot the Golden Hurricane a 3-1 lead early in game two. UH would tie it at 3-3 and 5-5 before running off four straight to take a 9-5 advantage. Hawai`i would keep their lead at the media timeout, going in at 15-10. Tulsa would come back, cutting the deficit down to 23-20, before UH used a big 6-1 run late to push them to a 30-22 victory in game two.

TU would again take a 3-1 lead to start game three. The teams would then trade points for a while until the Rainbow Wahine would finally break out with 6-1 run to take a 23-18 advantage. Tulsa would run off three straight points to get within two. But it wouldn't be enough as Hawai`i would take it 30-26.

UH will now head home for a single match next week vs. Boise State on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. The match will be the second-to-the-last regular season home match for the Rainbow Wahine.

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