Star-Bulletin Sports

Sunday, November 4, 2001



Wahine work quickly in sweep

Star-Bulletin staff

The Hawaii volleyball team rolled to its 17th straight win last night with one of its quickest matches of the year.

UH swept Boise State 30-13, 30-13, 30-17 in 79 minutes. The 12th-ranked Wahine held the Broncos to 43 points, the fewest UH has allowed this season.

UH (19-4, 11-0) has won 50 straight Western Athletic Conference matches. With only one win this season, Boise State (1-20, 1-10) has struggled mightily in its first year in the WAC.

For the first time this year, Hawaii coach Dave Shoji rested Kim Willoughby. UH's leading hitter played in only two games and had six kills in ten attempts. Maja Gustin pounded a match-high 15 kills. Senior Tanja Nikolic moved from the right side to the outside and posted eight kills while hitting .412.

Resting Willoughby wasn't the only first last night as UH held Boise State to a negative hitting percentage.

The Wahine outhit the Broncos .287 to minus-.009.

"They're just struggling," Shoji said. "They're playing with their lineup. They're really too young to mount any kind of attack."

That much was obvious as Hawaii stuffed 16 Boise State attacks. Hawaii outdug Boise State 49 to 29. The Wahine limited the Broncos' offense again with eight aces.

"We blocked well the last two nights," Shoji said. That's a good sign for us. If we get our block going, I know we can play good defense. That really adds to our point-scoring opportunities. We're looking forward to Monday night. It's a quick turnaround."

The Wahine return home today and will face No. 21 UC Santa Barbara tomorrow at 7 p.m.

UH Athletics
Ka Leo O Hawaii

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