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Hawaii sweeps Santa Clara to open NCAA volleyball tournament

Rainbow Wahine will face host Washington Saturday

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 06:38 p.m. HST, Nov 30, 2012

Sophomore hitter Jane Croson put down 22 kills and junior hitter Emily Hartong added 17 as No. 8 Hawaii opened the NCAA volleyball tournament tonight with a first-round sweep of Santa Cllara 25-20, 25-13, 25-19 in Seattle.

It was the 20th consecutive victory for the Rainbow Wahine (27-2).

Hawaii advances to Saturday's second-round match against host Washington (24-6). The 13th-seeded Huskies swept Central Arkansas 25-13, 25-17, 25-18 in tonight's second match. 

The Broncos (20-12) got 20 kills from Taylor Milton.

Hawaii hit .386 for the match, including .677 in Set 2 where the Wahine had 21 kills with no errors in 31 attempts. 

Junior libero Ali Longo finished with a match-high 17 digs and freshman middle Jade Vorster was in on six of Hawaii's eight blocks. 

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