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No. 7 Hawaii turns back No. 23 Creighton in volleyball

  • DARRYL OUMI2013 September 14 SPT  - UH's Emily Hartong watches as her shot gets past the Arizona's Madi Kingdon in their game at the Stan Sheriff Center. PHOTO BY DARRYL OUMI / SPECIAL TO THE HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER.
    DARRYL OUMI
    2013 September 14 SPT - UH's Emily Hartong watches as her shot gets past the Arizona's Madi Kingdon in their game at the Stan Sheriff Center. PHOTO BY DARRYL OUMI / SPECIAL TO THE HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER.

Senior All-American Emily Hartong put down 20 kills, including four of Hawaii’s final six points, to lead the seventh-ranked Rainbow Wahine to a 25-17, 25-16, 19-25, 20-25, 15-9 win over No. 23 Creighton in the Shocker Volleyball Classic in Wiichita, Kan.

Sophomore hitter Tai Manu-Olevao added a career-high 14 kills and junior middle Kalei Adolpho 13 kills with one error as Hawaii (10-1, 2-0 SVC) won its eighth straight. The Wahine were outblocked by the Bluejays (7-3, 0-1) 16-5 but won the dig battle 81-58, led by senior libero Ali Longo’s match-hig 23.

Hartong finished with her sixth double-double of the season when adding 16 digs. Manu-Olevao also had a double-double with 14 digs. 

Leah McNary led Creighton with 12 kills.

“Emily (Hartong) came through with some key kills at the end, but I thought we got some big matches from Tai (Manu-Olevao) and Kalei (Adolpho), Hawaii coach Dave Shoji said. “We had good balance. “We may have won the first two (sets) too easily. Creighton regrouped, got some confidence, and it turned into the tough match we had expected.

“It was disappointing that it went to five after being up 2-0. Obviously, it is a relief to win.”

The Wahine’s lone loss came in five at home against San Diego.

Today’s match lasted 2 hours and 12 minutes.

The Wahine finish out the tournament Saturday (2;30 p.m. Hawaii time) against host Wichita State. 

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