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Rainbow Wahine knock off Cal Poly

The Maui News

Coming into the week, the University of Hawaii women’s volleyball team knew what it needed to do in order to get back on top in the Big West Conference: knock off the top two teams in the standings, who both happened to be visiting the Stan Sheriff Center.

Mission accomplished.

Hanna Hellvig had 13 kills and five blocks, and Brooke Van Sickle added 12 kills and 11 digs to lead the 21st-ranked Rainbow Wahine to a 25-15, 22-25, 25-20, 25-23 victory over Cal Poly on Sunday night in Honolulu.

The win — which came two days after UH downed UC Santa Barbara for a season sweep — not only avenged a three-set loss to the Mustangs (16-7, 9-2 Big West) last month in California, but also put the Rainbow Wahine (20-3, 10-2) atop the conference standings.

McKenna Ross contributed 10 kills and 10 digs, Amber Igiede had six blocks and seven kills, Norene Iosia had 25 assists, 15 digs and six kills, and Bailey Choy had 18 assists and nine digs for Hawaii, which outhit Cal Poly .221 to .123 and had a 63-48 advantage in digs.

Maia Dvoracek led the Mustangs with 29 kills and 13 digs.

UH next plays at UC Davis on Friday and at UC Riverside next Sunday.