WAHINE WINNING STREAK HALTED


The 14th-ranked Wahine volleyball team took two of three matches last weekend during a grueling four-day road trip. Wins over WAC opponents San Diego State and UNLV sandwiched an embarrassing loss to former Big West nemesis Long Beach State. Hawaii now stands at 19-5 overall and 10-0 in the WAC.

At San Diego Thursday night, the Wahine took one step closer to another Pacific Division title with an impressive 15-1, 15-6, 4-15, 15-7 victory over San Diego State. Therese Crawford led Hawaii with 18 kills. Cia Goods, the nation's leading blocker, added seven blocks to help extend Hawaii's 12-match winning streak.

The tide turned Saturday when second-ranked Long Beach State humbled the Wahine 15-8, 15-5, 15-0, at the Pyramid. The largest crowd in Long Beach State volleyball history (5,015) watched Hawaii suffer their worst loss ever. The 49ers avenged three straight losses to the Wahine and snapped Hawaii's 24 match road winning streak. The last Hawaii road loss was three years ago at Long Beach.

Hawaii bounced back Sunday by defeating UNLV, 15-2, 8-15, 15-8, 15-9, in Las Vegas. The Wahine outblocked UNLV 18-9 and limited the the Rebels to a .129 hitting percentage. Nikki Hubbert posted her ninth double-double of the season with 63 assists and 11 digs.


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