HONOLULU - All-American Lily Kahumoku returned to the Hawai`i lineup and sparked the Rainbow Wahine to a 20-30, 30-24, 30-21, 30-24, victory over defending NCAA champion Stanford, Friday night, at the Stan Sheriff Center. The exhibition match was played before a crowd of 6,076.
Kahumoku pounded a match-high 23 kills and hit .362 in her first match since the 2000 season. The junior-to-be took last year off for personal reasons. Teaming with Kahumoku on the left-side was two-sport star Kim Willoughby, who recorded 22 kills and 19 digs. Just one month since helping the Rainbow Wahine basketball team to the WNIT, Willoughby sported a lethal jump serve which produced two service aces and kept the Cardinal offense out-of-sync.
National player of the year Logan Tom had team-highs of 15 kills and 15 digs for Stanford. Freshman of the year Ogonna Nnamani had 14 kills.
After hitting just .133 in Game 1, the Rainbow Wahine stormed back with three straight .400-plus hitting games. Overall, UH hit .357 for the match, while limiting the Cardinal to .241.
Hawai`i opens its 2002 regular season, Aug. 30 as they host the 15th Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Classic.