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Sunday, October 26, 2003



[ WAHINE VOLLEYBALL ]


Wahine complete
road sweep


TULSA, Okla. >> Three similar opponents. Three similar matches.

Three wins in three days.

The Rainbow Wahine volleyball team completed its drive-by domination of mainland competition yesterday, sweeping Tulsa 30-20, 30-22, 30-26 at the Reynolds Center.

A small crowd of 300 saw the Rainbow Wahine (23-1, 9-0) extend their Western Athletic Conference win streak to 74, needing just 98 minutes to dispatch the Golden Hurricane (11-11, 2-7).

Senior Kim Willoughby had a match-high 21 kills to move to No. 8 on the NCAA all-time kill list with 2,316. The All-America hitter had three of Hawaii's five aces and was in on three of the team's eight blocks.

"All three matches were very similar," said Wahine coach Dave Shoji. "We'd win the first fairly easy then have some letdowns. But we got everyone in and that's good. We're trying to develop the depth.

"Kim did her usual thing tonight and (Nohea) Tano had another excellent match."

Tano put down eight kills in 10 swings with no errors, hitting an impressive .800. Lauren Duggins added nine kills.

Lindsay Eaves was the only Tulsa player in double-figure kills with 10. She also had three of the Golden Hurricane's six aces.

Tulsa led early in each game, hanging tough until Hawaii put up a run of points to pull away. It was 12-12 when Willoughby and Maja Gustin combined for four kills and a 16-12 lead.

The closest the Hurricane came was 26-20. Willoughby put down a kill and sandwiched two aces around a block by Tano and Gustin to close it out.

In Game 2, the Wahine jumped out to a 22-15 lead only to have the Hurricane rally to within 24-20. Melody Eckmier ended Game 2 -- and Hawaii's 6-2 run -- with her only kill of the match.

Tulsa didn't fold in Game 3, closing to 23-21 and forcing Shoji to call a timeout. The Hurricane then held off two match points in pulling to within 29-26 before Tano ended it with her eighth kill.

"We're looking forward to coming home, getting back in the gym (Tuesday) and getting our normal reps," said Shoji.

Hawaii has a single match this week, hosting Boise State (5-19, 1-8) on Thursday. The Broncos lost to UTEP last night in three. It was the Miners' first WAC win of the season and snapped an 11-match conference skid dating back to last year.

Also last night, Southern Methodist upset Fresno State, 22-30, 22-30, 30-24, 30-23, 17-15.


Hawaii def. Tulsa

30-20, 30-22, 30-26

WAHINE (23-1, 9-0 WAC)

g k e att pct. bs ba d
Boogaard 2 2 1 4 .250 0 0 5
Willoughby 3 21 7 39 .359 0 3 8
Tano 3 8 0 10 .800 0 3 1
Kamana'o 3 2 0 4 .500 0 0 3
Gustin 2 3 3 8 .000 0 4 4
Duggins 3 9 2 17 .412 0 3 1
Lundqvist 1 4 0 4 1.000 0 1 0
Arnott 2 5 3 19 .105 0 1 10
Eckmier 1 1 0 2 .500 0 0 0
Watanabe 2 0 0 0 .000 0 0 7
Thurlby 1 0 2 3 -.667 0 1 0
Villaroman 3 0 0 0 .000 0 0 6
Totals 3 55 18 110 .336 0 16 45

GOLDEN HURRICANE (11-11, 2-7 WAC)

g k e att pct. bs ba d
Meyer 2 2 1 12 .083 0 0 2
Eaves 3 10 3 18 .389 0 0 3
Bandy 3 0 0 0 .000 0 0 5
Thon 3 2 0 5 .400 0 0 2
Rutherford 3 4 6 22 -.091 0 2 1
Bailey 3 7 0 25 .280 0 0 1
Marques 3 0 0 0 .000 0 0 5
Araujo 3 3 3 9 .000 0 0 12
Penaluna 3 8 5 22 .136 0 2 2
Totals 3 36 18 113 .159 0 4 33

Key -- g: games; k: kills; e: hitting errors; att: attempts; pct.: hitting percentage; bs: block solos; ba: block assists; d: digs.
Aces -- Hawaii (5): Willoughby 3, Duggins, Lundqvist. Golden Hurricane (6): Eaves 3, Bandy, Thon, Araujo. Assists -- Hawaii (52): Kamana'o 30, Thurlby 18, Willoughby, Tano, Gustin, Villaroman. Golden Hurricane (35): Thon 31, Bandy, Rutherford, Araujo, Penaluna.
T -- 1:38. Officials -- Carlos Rodriguez, Jill Cooper. A -- 300.



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