Volleyball: Wahine survive in five

Hawaii pushed to a fifth game before pulling it out against Fresno State before a sellout crowd.

Fresno - The third ranked University of Hawaii Wahine volleyball team found itself in quite a dogfight Friday evening at Fresno State.


Hawaii hung on for a five game win over the pesky Bulldogs 30-19, 30-24, 25-30, 22-30, 15-10 in front of 1,396 spectators, the third largest crowd in Fresno State volleyball history.


With the win, Hawaii improves to 24-1 overall and 12-0 in the WAC. Fresno State dropped to 22-5 and 10-3 in conference play.


Lily Kahumoku had a career high 33 kills and Kim Willoughby added 30 kills and 11 digs. Melissa Villaroman dug up a career best 33 balls, the first time since 1989 that a Hawaii player had over 30 digs in a match.


The win clinched the WAC regular season title for Hawaii and the number one seed in next week's conference tournament.


After taking the first two games, the Bulldogs rallied to win the third game, 30-25. It was the first time all season that the Wahine had dropped a game in conference play.


Fresno State carried the momentum of the game three win into the fourth, leading from start to finish, while collecting six blocks.


In the fifth, Hawaii fell behind 3-1. The Wahine scored the next three points to take a 4-3 lead. Fresno responded with two consecutive points to take their last lead of the match at 5-4.


Hawaii will have to rest quickly as they travel to Northern California for their last regular season conference match of the year tomorrow night at San Jose State.


You can hear that match live on the internet beginning at 4:45 p.m. Hawaii time at: www.hawaiisportsnetwork.com.





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