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UH falls to No. 3 UCLA in four sets

September 10, 2012
The Maui News

Despite pulling out a victory in the first set against UCLA, the University of Hawaii women's volleyball team couldn't put the third-ranked Bruins away Sunday night, falling in four sets at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.

Emily Hartong had 20 kills and four blocks, and Jane Croson added 14 kills and 11 digs in a losing effort for the No. 9 Rainbow Wahine, who dropped their second match of the season 28-30, 25-16, 25-17, 25-21.

In what was essentially the championship match of the Verizon Volleyball Challenge, UH got off to a fast start, going out to a 7-1 lead in the first set. The Wahine led by nine points as late as 17-8 before the Bruins ran off eight straight points to close the gap.

Although Hawaii (7-2) was able to hold them off in extra time, the Bruins' comeback would be a sign of things to come. UCLA dominated the remainder of the match, holding UH to a .150 hitting percentage in the last three sets, including .103 in the second.

Tabi Love, named the tournament MVP, led the Bruins (6-1) with 26 kills. She was also in on five of UCLA's 16.5 blocks.

Hartong and Croson were also named to the all-tournament team.



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