No. 8 Hawai`i Wins Sixth-Straight WAC Tournament Title With Sweep Over Aggies
Nov. 26, 2005
RENO, Nev. - (www.uhathletics.hawaii.edu.com) The No. 8 University of Hawai`i Rainbow Wahine volleyball team (25-6) swept the second-seeded Utah State Aggies (21-12) 30-25, 30-27 and 30-25 in the championship match of the Western Atheltic Conference Tournament at the Lawlor Events Center Saturday, winning their sixth-consecutive WAC Tournament title.
Jamie Houston led the way for the Rainbow Wahine, hitting .368 with 17 kills. Victoria Prince hit .476 with 11 kills and five blocks while Tara Hittle added 10 kills and 15 digs while Ashley Watanabe led all players with 18 digs. Kanoe Kamana`o ended the night with 41 assists and four blocks. Utah State got up early in the first game with a four-point run, giving the Aggies a 4-1 advantage. UH tied it at four after consecutive blocks by Sanders, and then finally took the lead at 13-12 on an ace by Houston. Kamana`o put away an overpass kill to push their edge to 19-16 before a quick three-point run by the Aggies cut it back to 22-21. But UH had too much as two aces by Susie Boogaard highlighted a 6-1 run late that led the Rainbow Wahine to a 30-25 game one victory.
Hawai`i got out quickly in the second game as four kills by Hittle were part of a 5-0 run that put the Rain bow Wahine up 11-4. UH got it up to 16-9 before USU caught fire, scoring the next seven points to tie it at 16. After trading a couple runs, Hawai`i put up four-straight points to hold a 26-23 lead, before eventually taking it 30-27.
The Rainbow Wahine jumped on the Aggies early in the third game, as Watanabe served two-straight aces to put UH up 9-3. USU was able to pull within a couple points at 15-13 and 19-16, but Kamana`o then got hot with two blocks before setting up two kils to push UH's advantage back to 23-16. Hawai`i got to match point at 29-22, but had to wait three more points before a kill by Sarah Mason put it away, 30-25.
Prince was named the tournament's MVP with Kamana`o, Hittle and Houston also being named to the all-tournament team.
The team will fly back to Honolulu tomorrow before the NCAA Tournament. They will find out their NCAA Tournament destiny at 11:30 a.m. (Pacific time) on ESPNews, just prior to boarding a flight for the islands.
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