Hawaii defeats CSUN 3-1

Hawaii's Norene Iosia slammed a ball past CSUN's Brianna Johnson (12) and Nada Dragovic (14) in the fourth set Saturday. / Photo by Andrew Lee, Special to the Star-Advertiser

Senior middle Sarah Liva put down a career-tying 12 kills to lead four players in double-figure kills and Hawaii kept Cal State Northridge winless in 13 trips Honolulu when defeating the Matadors, 25-18, 17-25, 25-20, 25-20 in a Big West volleyball match tonight at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Senior hitter Casey Castillo and junior middle Natasha Burns each added 12 kills for the Rainbow Wahine (11-6, 7-1). Senior hitter McKenna Granato had 11 kills and 12 digs for her eighth double-double of the season and senior libero Tita Akiu had 18 digs for her 16th match in double digits.

For CSUN (6-13, 2-5) senior hitter Aeryn Owens had 13 kills, surpassing 1,400 kills for her career (1,402). Senior libero Kristy Markle finished with 20 digs.

Rika Okino dug the ball against CSUN. / Photo by Andrew Lee, Special to the Star-Advertiser

9:03: Burns with her 12th kill. Hawaii wins 25-20.
8:58: CSUN closes to 21-17. TO Hawaii.
Very surprised. UH loses challenge. It’s 21-15. and now 21-16 on CSUN ace.
8:55: Hawaii challenging no touch on the block. Looked like it never cleared the net. But that’s just me.
8:47: Granato with her 10th kill puts Hawaii up 15-9. TO CSUN. Granato also with 11 digs, her eighth double-double of the season.
8:40: Kills by Burns and Granato have Hawaii up 9-4. TO CSUN
Hawaii’s middles still without a hitting error. Liva 9-0-16, Burns 8-0-16.
8:30: Castillo ends it with her 10th kill. 25-20.
8:26. Think better challenge would have been a touch. CSUN loses challenge. It’s 21-17.
8:25: CSUN challenging ball in or out on Owens’ attack. Think they’re going to lose this one.
8:22: Hawaii was up 16-11 and 18-12. Matadors close to 19-16. TO Wahine.
8:08: Liva with the service overpass. Hawaii leads 8-2. TO CSUN.
7:57 Matadors take their first set off the Wahine in Honolulu since 2014, winning 25-17.

7:54: CSUN continues to convert on off plays. It’s 23-15. TO UH.
7:50: up ref letting CSUN get away with some questionable sets. Matadors up 20-13. TO UH
7:43 Owens with her 7th kill, CSUN on a 5-0 run. Matadors lead 15-9 at the TTO.
7:34 Call overturned UH up 3-1.
7:32 Hawaii challenging touch call on Dragovic attack. at moment it is 2-2.
7:27 Hawaii wins Set 1, 25-18
Wahine hit 375 with 18 kills. 19 digs, 7 by Akiu. Very balanced attack. 5 kills each for Castillo and Liva, 4 by Burns.
Hawaii up 15-9 at the TTO
Wahine hitting .474, CSUN .200.
Akiu with 5 digs.
No change in starters. McKenna Granato, Natasha Burns, Tita Akiu, Norene Iosia, Faith Ma’afala, Sarah Liva and Casey Castillo.
And no I don’t know why UH isn’t wearing pink on its Dig Pink Night.
Clarifying a couple of rulings last night:
Hawaii’s serve hit the hair of a Beach player; rule is that is not considered part of the body on serve but is part of the body on other plays
Hawaii challenged the net violation on Kirst that occurred in the middle of the play. Originally we were told that the challenge was over whether Spriggs hit the net on her attack. Ah Mow-Santos said later that she was already picking up the green card before the play was over since she had seen the net violation on Kirst.
The Beach lost its challenge on whether there was a touch on Williams’ attack; there was none so they lost the challenge; however if they had challenged whether the ball was in or out, they would have won it (based on the replay that I saw later).
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Big West scores
UC Irvine def. UC Riverside, 25-13, 25-22, 25-22
UC Davis def. Cal State Fullerton, 25-16, 25-20, 25-16
Top 25
No. 1 BYU def. Santa Clara, 25-19, 25-22, 25-13
No. 2 Stanford def. No. 18 Washington, 25-16, 25-20, 25-18
No. 3 Minnesota def. Northwestern, 25-12, 25-22, 25-19
No. 4 Texas def. Oklahoma, 25-23, 20-25, 25-18, 23-25, 15-9
No. 9 Penn State def. No. 5 Nebraska, 25-22, 1-25, 24-26, 25-23, 15-9
No. 7 Illinois def. No. 8 Wisconsin, 23-25, 25-21, 35-33, 25-23
No. 10 Creighton def. Villanova, 25-19, 20-25, 25-22, 25-17
No. 17 Purdue def. Iowa, 25-18, 20-25, 19-25, 25-22, 15-10
No. 19 Marquette def. Seton Hall, 25-19, 25-19, 25-22
No. 24 Baylor def. West Virginia, 22-25, 13-25, 25-22, 25-20, 17-15


  1. Setaone October 13, 2018 6:54 pm

    How come Hawaii is not wearing pink uniforms?

    Even CSUN has pink shoes!

  2. Cindy Luis October 13, 2018 7:02 pm

    1. CSUN has red shoes
    Not sure why UH isn’t wearing pink. it is odd

  3. Don October 13, 2018 7:09 pm

    The ‘hair rule’ shows more inconsistencies in the NCAA rulebook.

  4. Cindy Luis October 13, 2018 7:19 pm

    3. Very

  5. warriorwahine October 13, 2018 9:11 pm

    came to the game late but 2 things i liked observing

    alternative serve – spin serve a little riskier not desired or jump float too weak desiring net? just stand and serve! good job norene!

    nice libero bump dig kill by tita! a pure libero kill!

  6. Nomu1001 October 13, 2018 9:44 pm

    Gong looks , looking forward to seeing more of her in the future.

    Imo, Akiu is among the top 4 in the country. Just can’t say enough about how good she is, every time you think she can’t be any better, she proves you wrong,

    Good win going into next week.

  7. Nomu1001 October 13, 2018 9:45 pm

    Gong looks very good.

  8. Cindy Luis October 13, 2018 10:13 pm

    Agree. Akiu played very well … again.
    BTW, the match with Cal Poly is a designated White-Out.

  9. H-Man October 14, 2018 5:14 am

    Fun match with many players contributing to the win. It was nice to see Sibley get some PT, along with Jong. Akiu had a great game except for the two times she got aced. Granato seemed to gain confidence. Waiting for the Mustangs at the SSC.

  10. Sheila October 14, 2018 11:07 am

    What a strong performance & kills by CSUN. At the end, Granato’s power hitting helped wahines to reach the finishing line. Overall, super team effort by wahines, (particularly, hitters Liva, Burns, Casey) and I think, it was top 25-team performance like in Shoji era!

  11. T103 October 14, 2018 12:21 pm

    Man! Can’t believe we only have our libber for a year. She is incredibly awesome! Feel like Ma’afala often sets too tight to the net. I wish they would diversify their plays, like run 3’s as well wen things aren’t getting put down by goin 1’s or outside pin sets. I was really surprised that I didn’t see Norene dump at all last nite. I wonder if we would be effective at quicker sets to the outside as well? But I don’t know anything I just watch so might not work. Found it REALLY strange that UH didn’t have pink at all on their uniforms, usually they do wen they have specific nights dedicated to awareness things right? Go Bows!

  12. Kahuna October 14, 2018 1:03 pm

    When Norene sets, she is a backrow player so she cannot do that one handed dump like she did when she ran the 5-1. In the 6-2 the setter is always a backrow player so they can only do that 2 handed set dump, which is not very effective IMHO. Doing that 2 handed set dump is kind of a wasted opportunity to score point. Much better take your chances and set the hitter than to do that two handed dump.

    I do missed that aspect of running the 5-1. It allows the setter to surprise the defense with a fake jump set and then fool the defense with a dump. When the setter is in the front row, the defense have to keep an eye out for the setter to hit on 2. With the 6-2, there is no opportunity to attack on the second hit.

  13. rabbit ears October 14, 2018 4:41 pm

    Tita Akui been killing it. She has improved the passing 100%. She is the primary reason for the success of this years team. She not only reaches alot of balls. Her digs come with perfect passes to the setter. Plus her confidence it contagious. Okino, Gong, Granato and Ma’afala are passing better also.

  14. Volleyman October 14, 2018 7:10 pm

    Wait I have been AWOL but whatever happened to Sophia Howling?

  15. H-Man October 15, 2018 8:28 am

    Sophia left team. That’s all I know.

  16. Volleyman October 15, 2018 9:31 am

    15. oh my gosh wait why? and when did it happen?

  17. Cindy Luis October 15, 2018 10:30 am

    new thread up for Monday with RPI

    16. Howling left over a month ago. Before the Oregon matches.
    There was no announcement by UH. All Ah Mow-Santos has ever said is if a player doesn’t want to be here, then they should leave.

  18. H-Man October 15, 2018 10:30 am

    Cindy reported it about a month ago. No reason given due to privacy restrictions. In any case, I wish Sophia the best and hope that she finds a team where she is happiest. That’s the main thing.

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