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Hawaii sweeps South Dakota in volleyball

Rainbow Wahine need 83 minutes to win seventh straight

By Cindy Luis

LAST UPDATED: 06:09 p.m. HST, Sep 19, 2013

Senior hitter Emily Hartong and sophomore hitter Tai Manu-Olevao shared team high-honors with 13 kills each as No. 7 Hawaii ran its winning streak to seven in a 25-19, 25-21, 25-21 victory over South Dakota today in the Shocker Classic volleyball tournament in Wichita, Kansas.

It was the first road match of the season for the Rainbow Wahine (9-1, 1-0 SC), who saw Hartong turn in her fifth double-double when adding 13 kills. Senior setter Mita Uiato had her fourth double-double with 40 assists and 11 digs against the Coyotes (9-4, 1-0).

"It was a struggle for us all night, but we were able to play well when we needed at the ends of all three sets,"  said Hawaii coach Dave Shoji who used all 13 players on the travel roster. "We know we'll have to play better tomorrow."

Hawaii next faces No. 23 Creighton 7-2, 0-0) Friday at noon Hawaii time. 

The match lasted 83 minutes. It was a career-high in kills for Manu-Olevao, 

Senior libero Ali Longo had a team-high 14 digs as the Wahine won the dig battle 55-40.

Junior hitter Kendall Kritenbrink led South Dakota (9-4, 0-1) with a match-high 14 kills. 

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Grammy wrote:
Expected but not crisp nor domineering. Won't impress some voters, but workmanlike and to the point a successful road opening victory. The next two won't get easier and Wahine need to keep Senior leadership and make most of opportunities they get. Go Wahine! Play your game, behind you even across the water.
on September 19,2013 | 05:54PM
Johmah wrote:
They played just good enough to win. They will need to play better against the BlueJays. Emily and Tai were awesome! It was good to see them in action. Even though they struggled last night; they will settle down and play their game. The passing will get better and Mia will spread the sets around. Good luck Wahines, YOU GO GIRLS!! GO BOWS!!
on September 20,2013 | 01:10AM
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