Game Night: Rainbow Wahine vs. USC, Round 2

University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine volleyball players celebrated a point against the USC Women of Troy in a game at the Stan Sheriff Center on Friday Sept. 10. Honolulu Star-Advertiser photo by George F. Lee

A night after outlasting USC in four sets, the Rainbow Wahine volleyball team will go for a sweep of the Outrigger Volleyball Series tonight at SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center.

The Rainbow Wahine (3-4) got breakout performances from freshmen Annika de Goede and Anna Kiraly, who combined for 19 kills with just four errors between them in Friday’s 25-17, 11-25, 25-21, 25-20 win over the Women of Troy (3-4). Tayli Ikenaga contributed a season-high 15 digs in the win and Brooke Van Sickle had 14 with nine kills in her first match under double-digits. Hawaii’s serve reception was steadier compared with last week’s trip to Utah and the Wahine served up six aces to USC’s two.

Updates for Hawaii’s final nonconference match of the regular season follow:
>> UH starts with a 3-0 run capped by an Ikenaga ace. Van Sickle’s roll shot from the back row lands in. The Trojans hit long to make it 5-1, but Keller will challenge. Official goes to the Spectrum Sports monitors to check the replay. A touch is called. UH leads 4-2.
>> UH leads 8-6 on Wagoner’s kill out of the back row, but USC goes on a 4-1 run and takes a 10-9 lead on Botkin’s kill off the block.
>> Byrd feeding Igiede in middle and UH takes a 14-12 lead. Van Sickle’s tip called out. UH challenges and the call is upheld. Van Sickle has a shaky reception but takes out some frustration on a cross court kill. UH leads 15-13 at the media timeout.
>> Weske blocks Van Sickle’s tip and USC leads 16-15. Denny gets a kill to fall in the corner and Byrd and Kiraly can’t connect. Timeout UH with USC leading 18-16.
>> A Van Sickle/Kiraly block is upheld after review and UH closes to 18-17. The teams trade sideouts and UH closes to 21-20 on an Igiede tip.
>> Weske goes down the line. De Goede gets a kill thanks to a USC net violation. Schirmer answers for USC. Timeout UH with USC leading 23-21.
>> Williams check in for Kiraly coming out of the timeout. Denny and Schirmer block de Goede to give the Trojans match point at 24-21. UH challenges a net violation. Call stands.
>> Williams puts down a kill on her first swing of the weekend. Martyna Leoniak in to serve in her first action of the series. Timeout USC.
>> Leoniak’s serve dives to the court for an ace. Timeout USC leading 24-23.
>> UH gets a swing to tie, but Denny and Weske block Van Sickle to end it. Trojans win 21-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-23.

>> After a Van Sickle kill to open the set, Botkin gets a kill and USC follows with a service error and Botkin hits wide on her next two attempts. USC challenges the second, looking for a touch. Call is upheld. De Goede gets a kill to fall and Botkin’s cross-court shot again goes long. Timeout USC with UH leading 6-1.
>> Wagoner sends over an overpass, but makes a save on the kill attempt and Van Sickle ends the rally. UH up 7-2. Sabrina Smith gets a kill in the middle for USC and solo stuffs Kiraly to make it 7-4.
>> De Goede gets her sixth kill, Byrd blocks a tip, and USC’s fifth hitting error of the set give UH’s a 10- 4 lead.
>> Igiede gets her seventh kill (.333) and the Trojans are called for a net violation while trying to return Wagoner’s serve. UH up 16-10. Timeout USC.
>> UH scramble on defense by Byrd and Ikenaga keeps a rally alive and the Trojans hit out. Wagoner’s short serve lands for an ace and it’s 18-10. De Goede continues her efficient play (.500) and Van Sickle’s shot rolls along the tape and lands in for a 20-11 UH lead.
>> USC answers with a 3-0 run and Botkin’s kill out of the back row prompts a UH timeout leading 20-14.
>> USC run gets to 6-0 when Smith and Schirmer block de Goede. Skyler Williams makes her first appearance of the series, coming for Kiraly. Schirmer bangs another kill off the block and USC closes to 20-18. UH takes its second timeout.
>> Van Sickle ends the run with a kill in the middle. USC gets the serve back and the Trojans’ third block of the set ties it up at 21-21. USC wins a long rally to take the lead and Botkin’s back-row kill gives the Trojans a 23-21 lead. Akana slows the momentum momentarily but a Denny kill gives USC set point and the Hastings’ ace gives USC the set 25-22.

>> Johnson starts in the front row to start the set. Shaky start for the Wahine. Van Sickle hits wide, an overpass on a serve results in a kill, Botkin goes off the block to give USC a 4-0 lead. Early timeout for UH.
>> UH closes to 6-5 and USC answers with a 4-0 run. A Van Sickle/Kiraly block ends the run with the Trojans up 10-6.
>> Sam Hastings’ serve clips the tape and falls for an ace. UH can’t return Brooklyn Schirmer’s kill and USC leads 13-7. Robyn Ah Mow calls UH’s second timeout of the set. Kate Lang enters for Byrd. Braelyn Akana makes her first appearance of the series and promptly plants a kill into the corner.
>> Byrd, de Goede back in for UH with USC leading 15-9. UH puts together a 3-0 run on a Johnson kill, Igiede’s solo block and a block by Van Sickle, who hung in the air long enough to get a hand on Schirmer’s tip. Botkin gets the momentum back for USC with consecutive kills, and the Trojans pulling away.
>> USC goes on a 4-0 run to take a 23-14 lead. Candice Denny gives USC set point with her fifth kill.

>> USC opens with a hitting error into the net, a net violation and attack into the antennae, UH up 3-0. Riley Wagoner serves up an ace and UH is up 5-2 without a kill. Amber Igiede gets that first kill off an overpass on Wagoner’s serve. Igiede puts down another in the middle and it’s 7-2.
>> USC’s Candice Denny fires back-to-back aces and the Trojans close to 9-8. UH continuing to rotate Wagoner in the back row and Mia Johnson in the front.
>> USC’s fourth service error of the set gives UH a 15-12 lead at the media timeout.
>> Igiede leads UH with three kills and she adds an ace, her third of the season, to push UH’s lead to 17-12. Timeout USC.
>> A USC tip is sent back by Van Sickle for UH’s first block of the night and an 18-12 lead.
>> Brooke Botkin, who led the Trojans with 17 kills on Friday, gets two in a row down the line. Sabrina Smith rejects Mylana Byrd’s tip and USC closes to 19-16 with a 3-0 run. Timeout UH.
>> UH gets a sideout on a USC net violation, the teams trade sideouts and Johnson goes cross court for her first kill. Byrd’s ace lands inside the baseline to give UH a 23-18 lead. USC takes its second timeout.
>> Igiede’s kill in the middle gives UH set point at 24-20. USC saves the first on a Emilia Weske kill. De Goede and Igiede combine on a block and UH takes the set 25-21.


  1. H-Man September 11, 2021 7:51 pm

    Did someone say to set Brooke four or was it five times in a row?

  2. H-Man September 11, 2021 9:17 pm

    They did much better last night when the offense was spread around. So what is USC doing to have Hawaii change their offense? Tonight, most of the sets going to Brooke and it hasn’t been effective.
    Her stats so far in 4th set: VAN SICKLE 12 7 52 .096

  3. H-Man September 11, 2021 9:31 pm

    Match point, Brooke roofed. She finished 12 8 57 .070

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