(RV) Hawaii Uses Strong Block to Sweep UC Riverside

  0 Derek Johnson | October 21st, 2017 | College - Women's Indoor, Division I Mid-Major, News


  • (RV) Hawaii def. UC Riverside 3-0 (25-22, 25-12, 25-18)
  • (RV) Hawaii improves to 14-6 (8-1, Big West); UC Riverside drops to 9-11 (1-7, Big West)
  • Honolulu, O’ahu (Big West Match)
  • Attendance: 6,038
  • Box Score

Honolulu, O’ahu – The Rainbow Wahine rejected UC Riverside’s upset hopes with a strong three-set sweep that featured a dominant Hawaii block.

That block showed an 11-2 advantage for Hawaii as it helped their defense to holding UC Riverside to a .051 hitting percentage. That included stifling every player from the opposition to six or less kills.

On the flip side, the offense also hit .254. Emily Maglio led the way in this regard with a match-high 19 kills while hitting .455 and also added seven blocks.

Other notable performers were Hawaii’s McKenna Granato (13 kills, 13 digs) and UC Riverside’s Chelsea Doyle (21 assists, 10 digs), who each logged double-doubles. Hawaii setter Norene Iosia (36 assists, eight digs, three kills, three blocks) came close to joining the club as UC Riverside libero Nicole Rodriguez‘s 20 digs led the match.

The match was largely dominated by Hawaii, as over the course of the three-set sweep there were just six ties and three lead changes, with the most lopsided set coming in the set and the closest coming in the first – although Hawaii led coast-to-coast.

Next up, Hawaii has another home match with Cal State Fullerton in town for a Saturday night meeting. UC Riverside looks to bounce back with the same opponent, although that doesn’t come until October 28th.


Courtesy of Hawaii:

HONOLULU—The University of Hawai’i women’s volleyball team swept UC Riverside on Friday night at the Stan Sheriff Center, 25-22, 25-12, 25-18. A pair of seniors notched career-highs in the win. Middle hitter Emily Maglio put down a career-high 19 kills and had a match-high seven blocks while defensive specialist Clare-Marie Anderson recorded a career-high 11 digs. UH Hawai’i improved to 14-6 overall and 8-1 in the Big West while UCR fell to 9-11 overall and 1-7 in conference. With the win, UH remained a half-game back of league leader Cal Poly.

Maglio notched six kills in the first and third sets and seven in the second frame to total 19. It marked the 15th time this season that she’s recorded double-digit kills and was the 17th match this year that she’s led UH in blocks. Maglio hit a team-high .455 with four errors in 33 swings and had a career- and match-high 23.0 points.

It was the fourth time this season and fifth time overall that Anderson has tallied double-digits in digs. She also notched two service aces and three assists to go with her career-high 11 digs on the night.

Junior outside hitter McKenna Granato notched her eight double-double of the season with 13 kills and 13 digs. It marked the 14th time this year that she has tallied double-digits in kills. Granato tied her career with three blocks and posted two assists and a service ace to fill out her stat line.

Sophomore setter Norene Iosia dished out 36 assists and was in on three blocks with Maglio. She was two digs shy of a double-double with eight. Senior libero Savanah Kahakai posted her 16th double-digit dig match of the year with 10.

In the first set, UH jumped out to an early lead and led by as many as eight points at 18-10. But the Highlanders would fight their way back into the match going on a 6-1 run to close the gap to 2 at 18-16. Later, UCR tied the frame at 20-20 before UH won five of the last seven points to take Set 1, 25-22. Maglio led the ‘Bows with six kills with two blocks. Natasha Burns notched three blocks in the first set.

The Highlanders actually began the second set with a 2-0 lead. But from there, UH scored seven of the next eight points to lead 7-3. Hawai’i would not look back as they built their lead to as many as nine points at 19-10. UH cruised to a 25-15 win in Set 2.

Hawai’i and UC Riverside traded points early on in Set 3, but the ‘Bows scored in little bunches to slowly pulled away for the sweep, taking the third set, 25-18.

Hawai’i out-hit the Higlanders .254-to-.051 and outblocked UCR, 11.0-to-2.0.

UC Riverside did not have any player in double figures in kills but were led by Mickayla Sherman who posted six kills. Nicole Rodriguez recorded a match-high 20 digs and setter Chelsea Doyle had 21 assists.

Friday was Domestic Abuse Awareness Night at the Stan Sheriff Center. The Rainbow Wahine team, staff and crew all wore purple ribbons in recognition of the event. The PAU Violence program from the UH Manoa campus were doing the night in conjunction with Domestic Awareness month. PAU is an acronym for Prevention, Awareness, Understanding Violence. PAU Violence is a University of Hawai?i systemwide program supported by the Hawai?i State Department of Health, Maternal and Child Health Branch. The Women’s Center at UH Manoa assists in coordinating, supporting and strengthening all system campus efforts with prevention education, events and trainings that raise awareness on issues of gender based violence.

Short turnaround for the ‘Bows as they will next take on Cal State Fullerton on Saturday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m.

Courtesy of UC Riverside:

Honolulu, HI— The UC Riverside Volleyball Team (9-11,1-7) was looking to be the second team to defeat Hawai’i during Big West Conference play in 2017, but dropped three straight sets to second-place Hawai’i (14-6, 8-1), Friday.

SET ONE (25-22, HI)
Key Runs: Trailing by as much as seven, the Highlanders battled back to tie the Rainbow Wahine at 20. Three consecutive attack errors by UCR gave Hawai’i a lead which would claim the first set.

SET TWO (25-12, HI)
Key Runs: UC Riverside won the first two points, but Hawai’i scored seven of the next eight points to take control of the set.

SET THREE (25-18, HI)
Key Runs: The Highlanders and Rainbow Wahine split the first six points. The Highlanders led by up to two points until 7-5 when the Rainbow Wahine scored four consecutive points to take a lead they would never relinquish.

Nicole Rodriguez led the Highlanders with 20 digs and recorded double digit digs for the 18th time in 20 matches this season.

Chelsea Doyle recorded double-digit assists for the 20th time this season, continuing her streak of double-digit assists in every match of 2017. Doyle logged her 11th assist-dig double-double of the season (21 assists,10 digs).

Mickayla Sherman led the Highlanders with six kills, followed by Kaiulani Ahuna and Fabiana Rosas with five kills apiece, and Brooke Callahan with four. The Highlander’s 25 kills in the match were their fewest of the season.

Last time UC Riverside played against Hawai’i, the Highlanders and Rainbow Wahine battled it out over five sets at the SRC Arena on September 30. Hawai’i escaped with a five set victory (box score/recap).

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