Arnott and Prince earned all-tournament honors, but, again, it was Kanoe Kamana`o who earned tournament most outstanding player honors. The sophomore setter had her sixth double-double of the season, putting up 60 assists, 18 digs, four blocks and three kills on the night.
In a back-and-forth start to the first game, Arnott put away a big kill to give Hawai`i a 15-13 lead at the media timeout. The Rainbow Wahine pushed their edge to 17-13. UCLA was able to cut it back to 17-16 and then tie it up at 22, causing UH Head Coach Dave Shoji to call a timeout. Hawai`i responded with a big 6-2 run to take a 28-24 lead. After a couple of Bruin points, the Rainbow Wahine got to game point at 29-26 on a UCLA blocking error. The Bruins went on a 4-0 run to get to game-point at 30-29 before a block by Boogaard and Gregory and kills by Hittle and Arnott gave UH game one 32-30.
UCLA came out firing to start the second game, going up 11-7, forcing a UH timeout. The Bruins pushed it to 27-17 on the serve of Krystal McFarland before taking the game by a final of 30-20.
The Rainbow Wahine came out of the break and opened a 12-8 lead on an overpass kill by Prince. UCLA would take four of the next five points to cut it to 13-12. Arnott then stepped it up, ending a long rally with a kill off the Bruin touch, then smashing a kill across the court, putting Hawai`i up 20-15, forcing UCLA coach Andy Banachowski to use his second timeout of the game. The Bruins were able to cut the deficit to two points on a couple occasions before a UCLA hitting error ended game three 30-23.
The Bruins built up a 12-8 lead but a four-point run, capped by a Watanabe ace tied the score at 12, forcing Banachowski to take a timeout. The Bruins got one point after the timeout before Kelly Ong came in a served the Rainbow Wahine to four-straight points, including once ace, giving Hawai`i a 16-13 edge. The two teams then traded mini runs the rest of the way, getting their first game-point at 29-25 before taking the fourth game by a final of 30-27.
The two teams traded the lead at the start of the fifth game, as UH went on a 3-0 on the serve of Boogaard, to go up 6-4. The Bruins got one before the Rainbow Wahine went on a three-point run, making it 9-5. UCLA then reeled off a 5-1 run, tying it at 10. The Bruins kept it going, building up a 13-11 lead as they looked like the match was theirs. But the improbable run by the Rainbow Wahine was not to end as a Boogaard kill, a UCLA error and a Hittle kill put UH to match point at 14-13. Hawai`i was then able to close it, as Boogaard and Prince teamed up for a huge block, ending the match with a 15-13 UH win.
The Rainbow Wahine will next host the Waikiki Beach Marriott Invitational next weekend, playing California on Friday, Sept. 17, and UC Irvine on Saturday, Sept. 18, both at 7 p.m.