#16 OREGON DEF. HAWAII 3-0
- #16 Oregon def. Hawaii 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-22)
- #16 Oregon improves to 6-3; Hawaii drops to 4-4
- Honolulu, O’ahu | Stan Sheriff Center
- Attendance: 5,288
- Box Score
- Oregon Release | Hawaii Release
The 16th ranked Ducks started the season 0-2. Since then, they’ve rattled off wins in six of their last seven – with the lone loss to 7th ranked Penn State – and added a couple resume boosting wins on the way. This classifies, with a win over an NCAA Tournament steadfast in Hawaii.
Oregon found success in many ways, but it was really Lindsey Vander Weide (15 kills, .375, 7 digs) and Ronika Stone (12 kills, .500, 5 blocks) leading the way. August Raskie (39 assists, 4 kills, .250) has continued to improve at the season’s start and is really humming right now in terms of her assist totals. Lauren Page (8 kills, .333), Willow Johnson (7 kills, .190, 2 blocks) and Brooke Nuneviller (14 digs) also pitched in at high levels.
Interestingly enough, senior middle blocker Sumeet Gill, who is second on the team in blocks per set, had just 1 kill on 6 swings with no other stats. She did start the match and appear in all three sets though.
In the losing effort for Hawaii, it was the first time all season that not a single player reached double-digit kills. Sarah Liva (9 kills, .500), Natasha Burns (8 kills, .300) and McKenna Granato (7 kills, 10 digs) weren’t far off though. Texas Tech transfer Tita Akiu (16 digs), Norene Iosia (11 assists, 6 digs, 5 kills, .273) and Faith Ma’afala (16 assists, 4 digs) were key as well, but the Rainbow Wahine couldn’t establish a ton of rhythm with passing and setting in the match.
In total for the night, Oregon notched a higher hitting efficiency (.297-.179), more kills (47-35), assists (45-34), aces (4-3), digs (45-44) and blocks (5-4) in an all-around effort. Hawaii had less serve errors (6-10).
To finish out the week, these two teams will do it all over again. That meeting comes Friday night at the same time and same place as Thursday’s meeting. After that, it’s on to conference play for both.