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.
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
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