Hawaii places four players on the All-Tourney team as they defeat Nevada in four games to capture the WAC Tournament Championship and the post season automatic berth.
Reno, NV. - The second ranked Wahine (28-1) captured the 2002 WAC Volleyball Tournament Championship Sunday afternoon with a four game victory over the University of Nevada (21-8). Hawaii won by the scores of 30-19, 30-32, 30-13, 30-23 in front of 1,026 fans at the Virginia Street Gymnasium.
Four Wahine had double digit kills, lead by tournament MVP Kim Willoughby's 26 kills. Lily Kahumoku contributed 19 kills and 13 digs. Lauren Duggins had a career high 15 kills and seven blocks and Maja Gustin had another good match with 12 kills and six blocks.
Hawaii dominated the first game hitting for .611 percentages as they never quite let Nevada get into rhythm.
In the second game, the Wolfpack came out with much more emotion and held Hawaii to a .200 hitting percentage in a game that the Wahine committed nine hitting errors.
After dropping game two, Hawaii responded in the third by thoroughly dominating every aspect of the game as Nevada began to slowly self destruct with 11 hitting errors and sloppy passing.
UH carried the momentum of the third game victory in to the fourth and pulled away for the four game victory and the title.
Hawaii finished the match with a .372 hitting percentage to Nevada's .167 and the Wahine out blocked the Wolfpack 14-9.
Jennifer Carey, Lauren Duggins, Lily Kahumoku and Kim Willoughby were all named to the All-Tournament team.
Hawaii will now travel to the Beehive state for matches against BYU and Utah on Tuesday and Wednesday. Both matches can be heard live on the internet beginning at Hawaii time at: www.hawaiisportsnetwork.com.