Hawai'i Falls, 3-2, To Nebraska In Spring Match

HONOLULU - Tara Hittle and Victoria Prince combined for 26 kills, 16 digs and six blocks, but it wasn't enough as Hawai'i fell, 3-2, to Nebraska in a women's volleyball spring match Friday night at the Stan Sheriff Center. A crowd of 6,538 saw the Rainbow Wahine win the first two games, 28-26 and 25-20, but struggle in the next three, 22-25, 25-27, and 10-15, under the experimental scoring rules.

Five Nebraska players finished in double digits, led by Sarah Pavan, who put down a match-high 22 kills.

Hawai`i stole game one on the arms of Prince and Susie Boogaard. Prince hit .571 (5-1-7) and added service ace, while Boogaard hit .429 (3-0-7). The game was tied 12 times and the Rainbow Wahine served five game points before finally putting it away.

Nebraska stormed back from a 6-0 Hawai`i lead on UH miscues and kills by Pavan. The teams went back and forth on points and sideouts before Hawai`i scored three straight and capitalized on Nebraska errors to go ahead, 21-17, and take a 2-0 lead in the match.

Pavan put down nine kills in game three to get Nebraska back in the match. The Huskers took a 14-11 lead before Rainbow Wahine head coach Dave Shoji called timeout to stop the run. Hawai`i rallied back to tie the game at 19, but Pavan's timely hitting and a service ace by Jennifer Saleamua got the Huskers going.

Game four was much of the same see-saw battle. Nebraska served game point, 24-23, but a Husker service error tied the game at 24. The Huskers called timeout and Sarah Mason got one of her six kills on the night allowing Hawaii to serve match point. But Pavan answered with two straight kills to give Nebraska the advantage. Then Dani Mancuso and Melissa Elmer roofed Prince to tie the match at two.

Game five was tied at nine before Tracy Stahls found the floor and Dani Busboom served up an ace to put Nebraska ahead 11-9. Mancuso finished it off with two of her 13 kills.


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