Pilots Extend Win Streak, Idaho Defeats SDSU

  0 Jil Price Igara | September 08th, 2018 | College - Women's Indoor, News, WCC

Outrigger Volleyball Challenge

  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Sept. 6-9, 2018

Portland extended its program-best start to 8-0 with a 5 set victory at Hawaii and Idaho rebounded with a 4 set win over San Diego State at the Outrigger Volleyball Challenge inside Stan Sheriff Center Friday.

Match Stats

Idaho used a .353 attack percentage to outlast San Diego State, 3-1, and rebound from its loss to Hawaii in the Outrigger Volleyball Challenge.

Both teams battled through 10 ties before the first set could be solved, 25-19, in favor of Idaho. The Vandals used a 6-1 stretch to close the game and earn the advantage.

The Aztecs jumped ahead 7-2 in the second set and withstood a late push by Idaho to even the match with a 25-20 win.

The third set was a marathon, as each program battled through 23 ties. With the score knotted, 28-28, the Vandals keyed the win, 30-28, with kills by senior Sarah Sharp and redshirt freshman Nikki Ball.

Idaho took control of the fourth set with an 8-0 rally to establish a 12-4 lead. From there it was all Vandals, who put the match away with a 25-14 win in the finale set.

Sharp (16), senior Reece Carman (15) and senior Kaela Straw (15) registered double-figure kill totals to lead Idaho to victory. Senior Haylee Mathis distributed 52 assists, while senior Alycia Wodke notched 34 assists.

Junior Ashlynn Dunbar paced the Aztecs with 18 kills, followed by senior Deja Harris, who contributed 15. Sophomore Camryn Machado posted 24 assists, while junior Delaney Taylor logged 23. Redshirt sophomore Sam McGrath recorded 22 digs.

Match Stats

Portland rose to the challenge at Hawaii, extending its undefeated streak to 8 matches with a 5-set victory over the Rainbow Wahine Friday. The Pilots used a .303 hitting percentage and 14-5 blocking edge to fly by their opponent.

In the first set, Hawaii strung together an 8-2 stretch late to gain control and held on for the 25-19 win.

The Pilots responded by establishing a 10-4 lead in the second set and used a 5-0 run to silence the Rainbow Wahine. Portland went on to even the match with a 25-11 win.

Hawaii pulled ahead 5-2 in the third set, but Portland worked its way back into contention. Eight ties followed before the Pilots could register the 25-18 win, scoring the final 4 points.

The Rainbow Wahine stayed alive with a 25-20 win in the fourth set. Unwilling to go away on its home court, Hawaii opened the set with a 4-0 run. After Portland matched their score, 10-10, the Rainbow Wahine used another 4-0 rally to pull ahead. Hawaii held off the Pilots from there to force a fifth, deciding set.

The Pilots, off to its best start in program history, jumped ahead 6-2 in the fifth set. They never trailed from there and scored the final 6 points of the set for the 15-8 victory.

Junior Shayla Hoeft (16), senior Reghan Pukis (15) and redshirt sophomore Izzy Guzik (15 kills, 11 digs) led Portland to victory offensively, all notching double-digit kill totals. Hoeft just missed a double-double with 8 blocks, while sophomore Liz Reich and redshirt junior Katie Barker each contributed 5 stuffs apiece. Junior Cali Thompson posted 50 assists and 14 digs for a double-double, and sophomore Carey Williams logged 28 digs.

Hawaii was led by senior McKenna Granato (15), junior Norene Iosia (15) and junior Natasha Burns (10) offensively. Senior Faith Ma’afala notched a double-double with 36 assists and 14 digs, while senior Tita Akiu posted 26 digs.

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