Star-Bulletin Sports

Sunday, October 21, 2001



Hawaii comes home
a winner

Kahumoku: I'll be back

Star-Bulletin staff

With a day of rest after being pushed to the limit by San Jose State, the Hawaii volleyball team ended a tough road trip rather quickly.

Hawaii swept Fresno State 30-24, 30-20, 30-15 in 85 minutes. It snapped Fresno's nine-match home win streak. UH has won 12 in a row.

The Wahine (15-4, 7-0) lead the Western Athletic Conference Western Division by two games over San Jose State and Fresno State (11-6, 6-3), which fell to fourth with the loss.

Kim Willoughby had 11 kills in Game 1 and was unstoppable again for the Wahine. She hit .550 and committed only two errors in 40 swings. Her match-high 24 kills was just four short of the Bulldogs' team total.

"We played very well, especially at the end of game one," Hawaii coach Dave Shoji said. "Fresno, after game one, didn't put up much of a fight. Kim had another outstanding night. We got a lot of balance going from just about everybody in the lineup."

Maja Gustin had eight kills and an ace, while middle blocker Lauren Duggins added six kills.

The Bulldogs didn't muster much offense and got only 10 kills from Shauna McQuaid, who was third in the conference in kills per game at 4.70.

"They didn't play as well as they're capable of," Shoji said. "It was a good ending to a tougher road trip than last time. We feel fortunate to come home 3-0."

The Wahine arrived home late yesterday and have almost a full week to prepare for Saturday's 7 p.m. match against Nevada.

The recovery time will be sorely needed by Willoughby, who took 173 swings in three matches.

UH Athletics
Ka Leo O Hawaii

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