Wahine Start Post-Season With Sweep

RENO, Nev. - The No. 2 University of Hawai`i Rainbow Wahine (24-0) swept through the Southern Methodist Mustangs (13-13) 30-15, 30-27 and 30-20 in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament Quarterfinal match at the Virginia Street Gym Friday.

Victoria Prince hit a WAC tournament record .857 (13 kills, no errors, 15 attempts), while adding a match-high seven blocks. Kanoe Kamana`o added 43 assists, 10 digs, six blocks and three aces, while Susanne Boogaard (11 kills, 9 digs, .318 hitting percentage) and Alicia Arnott (14 kills, .294 hitting percentage) had double-digit kill matches for Hawai`i.

The Mustangs kept it close early in game one at 8-7 until Boogaard led a 15-2 run, putting away three quick kills before serving 11-straight points, including an ace, making it 22-9 in favor of the Rainbow Wahine. Hawai`i continued their domination throughout the game, taking leads of 26-11 and 29-14 before winning 30-15. UH hit .469 as a team in game one, including a five-kill, two-block, .833 hitting percentage game by Prince.

Hawai`i jumped out to an 8-4 advantage in the second game until four-straight points by the Mustangs tied it at 8-8. But the Rainbow Wahine quickly came back with a 6-1 run, making it 14-9. SMU stayed in in all the way, staying within five points, with a kill by Boogaard ending it at 30-27.

But SMU wasn't ready to see their WAC Tournament end just yet. The Mustangs took a 7-3 lead right away in the third game, forcing Dave Shoji to call a timeout. After allowing the Rainbow Wahine to come back and take the lead at 14-12, the Mustangs scored three-straight, making it 15-14 SMU. But that's when UH took over, going on a 13-2 run, inspired by the play of Teisa Fotu, who had four kills on five swings, all in the fourth game. By the time the run was over, UH had a 27-17 lead and were able to take the game 30-20.

SMU was led by Rachel Giubilato, who had 10 kills and four blocks, and Caitlin Rainbird, who had eight kills.

UH advances to the tournament semifinal, where they will face the winner of the Fresno State-Boise State match.


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