The 11th ranked University of Wahine women's volleyball team took to the floor tonight against the WAC's second place team, the Nevada Wolfpack. After a slow start the Wahine came back strong to take the match in four games, 26-30, 30-26, 30-23 and 30-16.
Hawaii spread out it offense and relied on more than just last week's National Player of the Week, Kim Willoughby. Willoughby led the Wahine with 25 kills but four other Wahine had eight kills or more. Maja Gustin contributed 17 kills and four blocks on the outside. Jennifer Carey, after making the switch from setter to right side hitter, had her strongest match of the season with nine kills, 11 assists and four blocks, hitting an impressive .643. Middle blockers Nohea Tano and Lauren Duggins both added eight kills.
The Wahine had trouble finding a rhythm in game one and the Wolfpack quickly took advantage. Led by Michelle More's six kills, Nevada took control of game one, winning 30-26.
In Game two, the Wahine quickly turned things around by jumping out to a 20-12 lead. Nevada tested the Wahine by closing the gap to 27-26 before Kim Willoughby put away the final kill to give the Wahine the win, 30-26.
Again the Wahine jumped out to a sizeable lead in the third, going up 20-13 before the Wolfpack fought back to come within three points, 24-21. Hawaii's block changed the pace of the match with Nohea Tano nearly doubling her career high of five blocks with a stellar performance, rejecting nine Wolfpack kill attempts. The Wahine took care of game three 30-23.
In the fourth and final game, the Wahine dominated Nevada 30-16. Hawaii out blocked Nevada, 14-6 and out hit them .301 to .127.
The match was Hawaii's 49th straight WAC victory. They haven't lost a WAC match in nearly three years. Hawaii improves to 16-4 overall and 8-0 in the WAC.
The Wahine return to action Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Stan Sheriff Center against Boise State. Catch the live broadcast on K5 the Home Team or the live web stream at www.k5thehometeam.com.