(14) Rainbow Wahine cruise past Utah Valley

Rainbow Wahine volleyball team / Courtesy: Hawai'i Athletics

HONOLULU—The No. 14 University of Hawai’i women’s volleyball team (3-3, 0-0 Big West) will host the Outrigger Resorts Volleyball Challenge, the team’s final non-conference tournament this week. The Rainbow Wahine will take on Utah Valley (3-4, 0-0 WAC) first on Thursday, Sept.8 followed by Northern Illinois (5-1, 0-0 MAC) on Friday, Sept. 9. On Saturday, there will be a pair of non-UH matches, then the ‘Bows will play No. 6 Washington (5-0, PAC-12) on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. in the tournament finale.

The Rainbow Wahine rose one spot in the AVCA Coaches Poll after posting a 2-1 record this past week. UH came out strong, sweeping both Missouri State and Pacific before falling to No. 8 UCLA in the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic championship match.

After missing UH’s first three matches due to an elbow injury, senior opposite Nikki Taylor made her 2016 debut this past weekend, and she did not disappoint. The reigning Big West Player of the Year made a huge impact accounting for a team-high 60 kills, 34 digs, nine service aces and 73.0 points.  For her efforts, she earned Big West Player of the Week (the eighth of her career) and tournament Most Outstanding Player honors.

Junior middle hitter Emily Maglio  was a blocking beast at the net in capturing her first ever Big West Defensive Player of the Week award. Maglio, who also earned a spot on the all-tournament team, led UH with 17 blocks—nine more than her closest teammate—in UH’s three matches this week. Maglio’s best match came in a sweep over Pacific when she registered a career-high nine blocks (including one solo). That eclipsed her previous career high of seven which was set on two other occasions. Maglio had four block assists against both Missouri State and UCLA.  She finished the week with 1.89 blocks per set.

Junior libero Savanah Kahakai continues to be the leader of the backline. Last week, she recorded a team-high 40 digs to average 4.44 per set. She also contributed with 12 assists. Overall, Kahakai leads the ‘Bows with 107 digs—more than 50 more than her nearest teammate.

Outrigger Resorts Volleyball Challenge Schedule
Thursday, Sept. 8
7:00 p.m. – Hawai’i vs. Utah Valley

Friday, Sept. 9
4:45 p.m. – Washington vs. Utah Valley
7:00 p.m. – Hawai’i vs. Northern Illinois

Saturday, Sept. 10
12:00 p.m. – Utah Valley vs. Northern Illinois
5:00 p.m. – Washington vs. Northern Illinois

Sunday, Sept. 11
4:00 p.m. – Hawai’i vs. Washington

Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic Information
When: Thursday, September 8 – Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016
Where: Honolulu, O’ahu (Stan Sheriff Center)
Promotions: Tournament-sponsor Outrigger Hotels & Resorts will distribute 500 spirit flags one hour prior to each UH match. Also, Outrigger Hotels & Resorts will award up to $2,000 in cash during the “Outrigger Hukilau” promotion during intermission of each UH match. Members of the Rainbow Warrior football team will distribute team posters to fans outside Gate A prior to Thursday’s match and will be introduced to the crowd at intermission.
Television: OCSports (Oceanic Time Warner Cable Channels 16 (SD) and 1016 (HD) –or- Hawaiian Telcom Channel 89 (SD) and 1089 (HD) will be broadcasting all Hawai’i matches of the tournament with Kanoa Leahey calling the play-by-play and Lisa Strand-Ma’a providing color commentary. Scott Robbs, Chelsea Hardin, and Ryan Kalei Tsuji will be the talent for the pre and post-match shows.
Radio: ESPN 1420AM will be on the airwaves for Thursday and Friday’s UH matches. Sunday’s match vs. Washington will be broadcast on NBC Sports Radio 1500 am. Tiff Wells will be handling the play-by-play for all three matches this week.
Live-streaming Video: A live video stream will be available at BigWest.tv.
Audio Webcast: Friday and Saturday’s matches can be listened to online at  espn1420am.com. Sunday’s match can be heard on nbcsportsradiohawaii.com.
Live Stats: Live in-game stats are available at HawaiiAthletics.com women’s volleyball schedule page
Ticket Information: Tickets can be purchased at Stan Sheriff Center Box Office, online at HawaiiAthletics.com, or by phone at (808) 944-2697 (BOWS).
Series History: UH has played Utah Valley just once in 2008 and has a 1-0 record against the Wolverines. It is Hawai’i’s first meeting against Northern Illinois. UH holds a 8-6 record against Washington. But the Huskies have won the last three-straight meetings in which they have knocked out the ‘Bows of the NCAA tournament in the second round in Seattle.

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