(15) Rainbow Wahine sweep Pacific on Maglio’s block party

Hawaii's Middle Hitter Emily Maglio (19) goes up for a block during the NCAA Women's Volleyball Match between the Pacific Tigers and the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine on Friday, Sept. 2nd, 2016 at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, HI. (Photo by Andrew Lee / HMSWIRE)

HONOLULU—The No. 15 Univerisity of Hawai’i women’s volleyball team (3-2, 0-0 Big West) picked up its second-straight sweep with a 25-15, 25-28, 35-23 victory over Pacific (2-3, 0-0 WCC) on Friday night at the Stan Sheriff Center. Nikki Taylor notched her second-straight double-double in just her second match back while Emily Maglio recorded a career-high in blocks to lead UH on the second day of the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic.

Taylor hit .439 with 22 kills and just four errors in 41 attacks go with a high 14 digs. She tied her career-high with four aces and also added four block assists.

Maglio was a wall at the net with a career-high nine blocks (one solo). She had eight blocks through the first set-and-a-half. Maglio was second on the team hitting an even .500 with six kills and just one error in 10 swings.

Hawai’i cruised through the first set, pulling away to win 25-15 in its most lopsided set win thus far in the young season. UH led by as many as 10 points at 23-12 with Taylor behind the service line reeling off six serves.

In the second set, Hawai’i had an efficient side-out percentage of 77% converting on 14-of-18 opportunities. Early on the set was pretty tight with five tied scores but the Rainbow Wahine slowly started to pull away, capitalizing on the Tigers’ six service errors and six hitting errors. For the match, Pacific had 15 missed serves.

The third set was a battle for the ‘Bows. Pacific jumped out to a 8-4 lead before UH started to finally gain some traction. Defensive specialists Clare-Marie Anderson and then Gianna Guinasso got positive points to combine for a 6-to-1 run to go from being down 6-8 to leading 11-9. From that point there would be three more ties on the scoreboard, but UH never fell behind Pacific.

Lexi Elman led Pacific with 10 kills and was the sole Tiger with double-digits in kills. Ashlyn Fleming had a team-high five blocks and both Elman and Katrin Gotterba talllied a team-high seven digs apiece.

Hawai’i’s win over Pacific sets up a showdown with longtime rival, UCLA for the tournament title. Both teams are tied at 2-0. UH holds the slimmest of leads all-time against the Bruins at 37-36. UCLA has won the last two meetings between the two schools. Last year, the Bruins recorded one of UH’s two losses for all of last season.

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