Volleyball: Hawaii clobbers Fresno State in Three

Wahine capture WAC regular season title in front of record crowd in Fresno.

FRESNO, Calif. - The No. 2 University of Hawai`i Rainbow Wahine (26-1, 12-0 WAC) clinched their eighth-straight Western Athletic Conference title with a sweep of the Fresno State Bulldogs (19-6, 9-3 WAC) 30-15, 30-26 and 30-21 in front of a Fresno State volleyball record crowd of 4,708 in the first athletic competition held at the newly-built Save Mart Center Sunday. Lily Kahumoku led the way for the Rainbow Wahine with 14 kills and 20 digs. Kim Willoughby ended up with 20 kills, four aces and eight digs while Lauren Duggins led the way at the net with seven blocks and seven kills. Maja Gustin added seven kills and a .500 hitting percentage while Nohealani Tano had five kills, four digs and two blocks while hitting .444. Melissa Villaroman also added a solid match in the back row, finishing with 10 digs. The Bulldogs came out fired up in their new arena, jumping out to a 3-2 lead early on. But Hawai`i kept their cool and responded with a big 7-1 run to go up 9-4. The Rainbow Wahine continued to roll after a brief 3-1 run by Fresno State, reeling off five straight points to take a 15-7 advantage into the media timeout. UH got their lead up to 26-13 before taking the game by a final score of 30-15. Duggins ended game one with four blocks while Tano hit .800 with four kills. Fresno State opened up the second game up 6-2. UH was able to cut it down to 7-6 before the Bulldogs went on another run to up their edge to 10-6. Hawai`i fought their way to tie the game at 13 and again at 20 before taking their first lead of game two at 22-21, forcing a Bulldog timeout. The Rainbow Wahine kept the pressure on as Willoughby put away her 14th kill to end the second game 30-26. Hawai`i came into the third game looking to finish off the Bulldogs as they jumped out to a 9-2 run that was capped by three Willoughby aces. The Rainbow Wahine kept thier lead between five and 10 points the rest of the way, taking the third and final game by the score of 30-21. UH will now return home for their final regular season home match on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Stan Sheriff Center.

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