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Rainbow Wahine Survive Volleyball Scare

October 13, 2011, 2:48 PM HST
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By Fred Guzman

The University of Hawaii and New Mexico State treated a national television audience on ESPNU to a five-set volleyball thriller last night at Las Cruces.

And the eighth-ranked Rainbow Wahine were pushed to the limit before emerging with a 17-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-27, 15-5 victory.  UH improved to 16-1 overall and 6-0 in the Western Athletic Conference while the Aggies fell to 16-5 overall and 5-1 in the WAC.

Displaying her All-American form, senior outside hitter Kanani Danielson  registered 22 kills, while Jane Croson had 17 kills and 12 digs. Emily Hartong added 11 kills and Brittany Hewitt had a match-high nine blocks.

Freshman Kalei Adolpho of Molokai contributed four kills on seven swings and added a pair of blocks. The 6-foot-1 Adolopho, who also plans to play basketball for UH, has appeared in 20 sets this season and has responded with 20 kills, an outstanding .476 hitting percentage and 22 bloocks.

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Meredith Hayes led New Mexico State with 22 kills.

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The Aggies evened the match in an exciting fourth set, but UH took control of the decisive fifth set to secure the victory and preserve a 42-match WAC winning streak.

Next up for Hawaii is a Friday match at Louisiana Tech.

 

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