Volleyball: Wahine make quick work of Spartans

Maja Gustin returns to the starting line up as Hawaii downs San Jose State in three games.

The second ranked University of Hawaii Wahine volleyball team remained unbeaten after a 30-12, 30-22, 30-23 victory over San Jose State last night at the Sheriff Center. The win improved Hawaii's record to 18-0 and 6-0 in the WAC. The Spartans dropped to 10-11 and 4-3 in conference play.


The Wahine have now won 39 straight games, breaking the school record of 36 set by the 2000 team. Long Beach State holds the NCAA record of 69, set in 1998.


Hawaii played without All-American Kim Willoughby who came down with the stomach flu prior to the match. It didn't matter, as the Wahine got 19 kills from Lily Kahumoku and Karin Lundquist added 10 kills of her own.


The match also marked the return of middle blocker Maja Gustin, who had been sidelined by a stress fracture. In her first match since Sept. 2nd  Gustin contributed nine kills, five digs and three blocks.


Coach Dave Shoji had to improvise a bit with Willoughby out, moving Susie Boogaard (eight kills, three digs) from the right side to the left and moving Lauren Duggins (seven kills, 12 digs and three blocks) to the right side from the middle.


Hawaii will play its sixth match in eight days tonight when they host Fresno State. The 28th ranked Bulldogs come in with a very impressive 18-2 record and are 6-1 in the WAC.


First serve is set for 7:05 p.m. and can be heard live on the internet at: www.hawaiisportsnetwork.com.

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