Volleyball: Wahine tame Wildcats

Hawaii improves to 31-1 on the season with four game victory over Weber State in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS - The No. 2 University of Hawai`i Rainbow Wahine (31-1) defeated the Weber State Wildcats (7-20) 30-15, 28-30, 30-17 and 30-22 in the first night of the UNLV Thanksgiving Tournament at the Cox Pavilion Thursday.

Lily Kahumoku picked up another double-double with 16 kills and 11 digs while Maja Gustin and Lauren Duggins added 14 and 13 kills, respectively. Alicia Arnott came off the bench for a solid match, putting away eight kills, three aces and nine digs in place of Kim Willoughby, who sat the last two games due to illness. Hawai`i jumped out with a 5-1 run to start game one before a Wildcat ace capped a WSU run that tied the game at five. Weber State kept it tied at 11-11, but UH responed with a 10-0 run on the hot serve of Duggins, taking a 21-11 lead. The Rainbow Wahine continued to roll as the took the first game, 30-15.

The teams kept it tight early in game two, as Weber State held a 17-15 lead. UH came back with a four-point run to take a 19-17 advantage. The Wildcats continued to fight their way back, tying the game at 25, 26 and 27 before taking the lead back at 28-27. Hawai`i got another point before the Wildcats put the second game away, as a kill by Lindsay Harris gave Weber State the 30-28 victory.

The Rainbow Wahine came out with a little bit of attitude in the third game, jumping out to a 6-1 lead, on three quick kills by Kahumoku, forcing a Wildcat timeout. Weber State was able to stay in it a little, but it wasn't enough as Kahumoku put away her ... kill of the game to give UH the 30-17 win in game three.

The Wildcats took a 3-1 lead to start the fourth game. But Hawai`i looked as though they were ready to put the match away and get on to Thanksgiving dinner, as they jumped out to leads of 13-8 and 26-18 before taking game four, 30-22.

UH will play Kentucky tomorrow at 3 p.m. Hawaii time in their final regular season match at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. You can listen to the match live on KKEA 1420 AM or on the internet at: www.kkea1420am.com.

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