Game Night: Rainbow Wahine take on Golden Eagles

Coming off a sweep of Fairfield, Hawaii faces Marquette in Day 2 of the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic at SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center.

Both teams received votes in the ACVA preseason poll — Hawaii with 47 and Marquette with 27 — and tonight’s match is the first meeting between the programs since the Golden Eagles pulled out a five-set victory in Robyn Ah Mow’s debut as UH head coach on Aug. 25, 2017.
Skyler Williams’ 12 blocks in her first collegiate match remains a career high for the now senior middle blocker.

UH outside hitters Brooke Van Sickle (16 kills) and Riley Wagoner (12 kills) are coming off career-best performances in the program’s return from the 2020 shutdown.

Marquette opened the tournament with a five-set win over Texas A&M. Taylor Wolf filled the stat sheet in leading the Eagles with 15 kills, eight blocks, 24 assists and three aces.

Marquette jumps ahead again and leads 4-0 after a Wolf ace off the net cord and a block by Koontz and Rennie. Timeout UH. Wolf comes out of the timeout and fires her third ace. The lead grows to 6-0 before Van Sickle ends the run with a kill. A 3-0 UH run is erased by a 5-0 Marquette surge to take an 11-3 lead.
Freshman Mia Johnson makes her UH debut. Byrd subs back in and Braelyn Akana makes her first appearance of the season. An Ace by Claire Mosher gives Marquette a 14-5 lead. UH takes its second timeout.
Marquette leads 18-8 before Van Sickle hammers her 13th kill and serves up her fourth ace. Hitting error on Marquette and a Johnson kill makes it 18-12 and the Golden Eagles take a timeout. Rennie ends the UH run with a kill then blocks Williams to give Marquette a 20-12 lead.
UH 6-1 run and closes to 21-18 on an Igiede kill in the middle. Marquette challenges a pancake dig by Byrd earlier in the rally. Call stands. Vanden Berg gets a tip to fall to end the UH run. Serve goes long, Igiede kill in the middle makes it 23-20. Wolf puts down her 10th kill to give Marquette match point. Van Sickle gets her 14th kill but Wolf finishes off the sweep 25-21.

Lang to start the second set for UH. Marquette opens with back-to-back kills by Wolf. Three UH hitting errors puts UH in a 5-1 hole, Robyn Ah Mow takes a timeout.
UH closes to 6-5 on back-to-back kills by Wagoner. Marquette keeps the edge until UH ties it at 10-10 on a block by Van Sickle.
Marquette pushes back ahead before UH ties it again at 17-17 on a Williams block. UH called for a rotation violation and the seventh hitting error of the set gives Marquette a 19-17 lead.
Service error and Wolf’s tip lands out to tie up again at 19-19. Marquette leads 21-19 before UH goes on a 3-0 run and takes the lead on Van Sickles’ third ace of the match.
A Wolf kill and double-contact call on UH gives Marquette a 23-22 lead. Williams ties it with a kill in the middle. A Wolf kill gives Marquette set point. Timeout UH before Wolf goes back to serve. Van Sickle ducks as the serve goes long, deuce.
UH holds off another set point on a Van Sickle kill out of the back row. Hanna Vanden Berg puts away her ninth kill and a net violation ends the set, 27-25.

>> Mylana Byrd goes back to serve as UH opens with two natural points on kills by Brooke Van Sickle and Martyna Leoniak. After a rough start on Friday Leoniak puts away her first swing. Marquette rallies to tie it at 5-5. UH maintains a lead until Marquette goes on a 4-0 run to take a 12-10 lead, including a Taylor Wolf ace. An ace by Savannah Rennie gives Marquette a 15-13 lead at the media timeout.

Kate Lang in at setter for UH. Wahine reclaim the lead with a 3-0 run. Marquette answers with a 3-0 run to take a 19-17 lead and UH takes its first timeout. UH gets the serve back on a kill by Tiffany Westerberg and ties in on an Eagles hitting error. Marquette goes back ahead on a block and a UH error. UH comes back to tie on a Van Sickle ace. Timeout Marquette at 21-21. Make it back-to-back aces for Van Sickle to give UH the lead. Missed connection between Byrd and Skyler Williams ties it up.

Williams puts away an overpass and a kill by Leoniak off a bump set by Igiede gives UH set point at 24-23. Marquette forces deuce and gets set point on a UH error. Timeout UH at 25-24. Ellie Koontz hammers a kill off the block to end the set 26-24.

UH hits .175 to Marquette’s .243. Golden Eagles out-block UH 4-1.

>> Texas A&M Lauren Davis put away 14 kills to lead the Aggies (1-1) to a 25-23, 25-18, 25-16 sweep of the Stags (0-2).
Davis, a 6-foot-4 junior, took 28 swings and hit .286, Middle blocker Mallory Talbert added eight kills in 14 attempts with no errors. Libero Macy Carrabine anchored the Texas A&M defense with 21 of the Aggies’ 49 digs.
KJ Johnson led Fairfield with 10 kills.


  1. H-Man August 28, 2021 8:14 pm

    Brooke Van Sickle is something else. How does she do it, standing maybe 5-8?

  2. H-Man August 28, 2021 8:54 pm

    Wahine lost in three, but I like their grit. Team is young. Glad to see Robyn play a lot of players. This match will pay dividends as the team moves into conference.

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