15th ranked Rainbow Wahine hosts Pepperdine this weekend

Hawaii Athletics

The No. 15 University of Hawai’i women’s volleyball team (5-4, 0-0 Big West) will host its final two non-conference matches this weekend against Pepperdine (6-3, 0-0 West Coast). The two teams will square off on Friday, Sept. 16 at 7:00 pm and then again on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 7:00 pm at the Stan Sheriff Center. Prior to Saturday’s match against the Waves, the Rainbow Wahine will host its annual Alumnae Game beginning at 5:00 pm.

Hawai’i posted a 2-1 record this past weekend, recording sweeps over Utah Valley and Northern Illinois but falling in a five-set heartbreaker on Sunday to No. 6 Washington. In the loss to the Huskies, senior opposite Nikki Taylor recorded career-highs with 29 kills, 70 attacks and 33.5 points (kills + blocks + aces). Taylor was one of three ‘Bows to tally double-digit kills with McKenna Granato pummeling 17 kills and Emily Maglio added 11.  Casey Castillo and Maglio also combined for five blocks apiece in the match to lead UH.

Although she missed the first three matches of the season due to injury, Taylor leads Hawai’i with 119 total kills (5.95 k/s), 14 service aces and 142.0 points in six matches. She also has recorded 18 blocks and 52 digs (2.60 p/s) and has tallied double-digit kills in every match this season–including three 20+ kill matches.

Granato, a sophomore out of Punahou School, is second on the team with 109 kills and averaging 3.30 kills per set. Earlier this year, Granato put down a career-high 33 kills against Arizona in a five-set thriller in UH’s first tournament. It was the most kills since Emily Hartong recorded 33 against Long Beach State on Oct. 26, 2012.

Maglio leads the starters with 39 total blocks (1.18 per set) and a .363 hitting percentage with 82 kills with just 13 errors in 190 swings. The junior from Coquitlam, B.C., Canada, already has five solo blocks to go with 34 block assists.

Rookie setter Norene Iosia has taken the reins for the offense and leads UH with 288 assists. She is second on the team with 12 service aces and 76 digs while also recorded 10 kills and 16 blocks. Iosia leads UH with three double-doubles this season, most recently with 53 assists and a career-high 20 digs against Washington this past Sunday.

Pepperdine is led by former UH associate head coach and UH beach volleyball head coach Scott Wong. The Waves are led by Heidi Dyer who has a team-high 81 kills and 187 assists. She also has recorded 75 digs and 18 blocks thus far. Nikki Lyons is second on the squad with 77 kills while both Tarah Wylie and Jasmine Gross have 36 blocks apiece. Hana Lishman leads Pepperdine with 149 digs.

Matches 10-11 Information
Who: No. 15 Hawai’i (5-4, 0-0 Big West) vs. Pepperdine (6-3, 0-0 West Coast)
When: Friday, Sept. 16 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 17 at 7:00 p.m. Prior to Saturday’s match, UH will host its annual Alumnae Match at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Stan Sheriff Center (10,300) – Honolulu, O’ahu
Promotions:  The California Hotel & Casino is the match sponsor on Friday and will award a Vacations Hawaii trip to Las Vegas during the promotional activity at intermission. Bank of Hawaii is Saturday’smatch sponsor and will distribute 500 reusable shopping bags. UH Kids’ Club members are invited onto the court for pre-match festivities on Saturday.
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 Chris McLachlin providing color commentary. Scott Robbs, Lisa Strand-Ma’a, and Ryan Kalei Tsuji will be the talent for the pre and post-match shows.
Radio: ESPN 1420AM will carry Friday’s match and NBC Sports Radio Hawaii 1500 am will air Saturday night’s match. 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’s match can be listened to online at  espn1420am.com. Saturday’s match can be heard on nbcsportsradiohawaii.com.
Live Stats: Live in-game stats are available at HawaiiAthletics.com’s 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: Hawai’i holds a 28-3 record against Pepperdine. The last meeting was a 3-1 UH win in Honolulu on Sept. 17, 2011.

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