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No. 8 Hawaii upset in 5 by CSU Northridge in volleyball

Rainbow Wahine lose second conference match for first time since 1994

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:18 p.m. HST, Oct 24, 2013

Senior hitter Emily Hartong put down 25 kills and sophomore hitter Tai Manu-Olevao added 16 but it wasn't enough as No. 8 Hawaii was upset by Cal State Northridge tonight 30-32, 28-26, 20-25, 25-22, 15-10 in Northridge, Calif.

It was second consecutive season that the teams went to five sets at the Matadome. The Rainbow Wahine won last year 3-2 but couldn't hold off the home team tonight when losing to the Matadors for the first time in 15 meetings.

It was the first time since 1994 that Hawaii (16-2, 5-2 Big West) lost two conference matches. That year, the Wahine were 15-3 in the Big West.

The Matadors (17-4, 7-1) got 16 kills from Casey Hinger to remain atop the Big West standings. 

Freshman hitter Nikki Taylor added 14 kills and senior libero Ali Longo finished with 25 of Hawaii's 76 digs. Sophomore middle Jade Vorster was in on 10 blocks, with Taylor and Hartong in on four. The Wahine were out blocked 16-14.

For CSUN, Casey Hinger put down 16 kills with 11 digs, and Cieana Stinson added 15 kills. 'Iolani graduate Mahina Haina finished with 12 kills and Natalie Allen added 11 kills and 14 digs for the Matadors, now 7-1 in five-set matches. 

All of Hawaii's losses this season have come in five sets. The Wahine, 1-3 in five-setters this year, also fell to San Diego and UC Santa Barbara five; they beat Creighton last month 3-2. 

The Wahine had a chance to take a 2-0 lead in sets when leading 24-23. But the Matadors hung tough, tying it at 24, 25 and 26.

Kills by Sam Kaul and Allen gave CSUN a 28-26 win and evened the match.

Hawaii appeared to have gained momentum at the end of Set 3, scoring nine of the final 10 points, including an 7-0 serving run by senior setter Mita Uiato.

The Matadors answered back, leading Set 4 nearly from the start. The Wahine closed to within 22-21 and 23-22 but could get no closer with a kill by Kaul and stuff of Manu-Olevao sending it to a fifth.  

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Jiujitsu_Fighter wrote:
This loss really hurts.
on October 24,2013 | 07:36PM
bleedgreen wrote:
The Wahine didn't get it done....again. Too bad for the seniors. Northridge looks to be in the driver's seat to win the Big West.
on October 24,2013 | 07:54PM
ski3779 wrote:
The Seniors are the ones making the critical errors at the most critical times. Hartong hitting into the net on her serve. Longo shanking a serve. Or, Uiato misconnecting with her hitter. These are the Seniors not coming thru when it counts.
on October 24,2013 | 08:42PM
huponews wrote:
Out coached again, continue to ignore the middle on offence......we should be dominating the middle in kills in this league...I continue to say inside out.....feed the middle from the start until they stop us, then go to the outside. We do the same thing every game, outside in......no, no, no, make our middle the best option. This is the same reasons for the continue upsets across the nation...they don't work the middle enough...... wake up coaches... we have great middles, use them as a weapon....please.
on October 24,2013 | 08:23PM
kiragirl wrote:
Our middles do not have the offensive power. One of them has no eye hand coordination thereby giving the opposing team the advantage every time she mishits the ball. The other is not court savy so is one step too slow. My take is the subs are not good at all. Oh well, team spirit and personal pride is not there. Go Bows!
on October 24,2013 | 09:29PM
Kamash wrote:
Dont see it that way , gotta put subs in for longer than 5 plays to let them adjust to game ..... YAY TEAM !!!!
on October 26,2013 | 06:43AM
kuunakanaka wrote:
good job na wahine. let's go bows.
on October 24,2013 | 09:07PM
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