Volleyball: Wahine calm Golden Hurricane

Hawaii easily defeats Tulsa at the WAC Tournament in Reno.

RENO, Nev. - The No. 2 University of Hawai`i Rainbow Wahine (28-1) defeated the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (11-16) 30-17, 30-12 and 34-32 in the first round of the WAC Tournament at Virginia Street Gym Friday.

Lily Kahumoku had a double-double with 19 kills and 14 digs while hitting .412 and adding three aces. Lauren Duggins added 13 kills and a .545 hitting percentage. Kim Willoughby played just two games, hitting .650 with 14 kills and four digs. Kanoe Kamana`o also played well, tallying 40 assists, six digs and four kills. Tulsa kept it close early on, holding the Rainbow Wahine to a 8-7 lead to start game one. But Hawai`i ran off four-straight points, capped by a block by Willoughby and Duggins, extending their advantage to 11-7. UH continued to pound away, as they went on a 6-0 run to go up 18-10. The Rainbow Wahine continued to roll, as they took the first game 30-17. Willoughby hit .667 in game one with nine kills.

Hawai`i jumped out to a 5-1 lead to start the second game before taking a 15-6 edge into the media timeout. UH continued to keep the pressure on, taking the lead to 19-7 to force a Tulsa timeout. Susanne Boogaard then got into the act, scoring three straight points (two blocks and a kill) to push the advantage to 23-8. Duggins then took over, as she ended the second game hitting 7-of-8, leading Hawai`i to a 30-12 game two win.

The Golden Hurricane came out inspired in the third game, as they jumped out to a 7-5 edge. Tulsa kept their two-point lead at 10-8 before a five-point run on the serve of Kamana`o put UH up 13-10. TU fought back to take a 21-20 lead, forcing a Rainbow Wahine timeout. The two teams traded points as the lead went back-and-forth, as the Golden Hurricane held three game-points at 29-28, 30-29 and 31-30. UH got to game-point at 32-31 on consecutive Kahumoku kills before she put down an ace off the tape to take game three, 34-32.

The Rainbow Wahine will take on the winner of the Nevada-Rice match tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in the WAC Tournament semifinals.

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