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Rainbow Wahine beat Idaho State in 4, play BYU tonight

Hartong puts down 21 kills for Hawaii

By Cindy Luis

LAST UPDATED: 10:04 a.m. HST, Dec 07, 2013

Serve and pass. It's as basic as volleyball can get.

Win that game and, more often than not, a team will win a match.

Eleventh-seeded Hawaii did just that Friday night when overcoming a Set 2 hiccup to put away Idaho State 25-16, 19-25, 25-12, 25-13. Senior libero Ali Longo had five of the Rainbow Wahine's 12 aces and senior hitter Emily Hartong added three as Hawaii (25-4) advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Stan Sheriff Center.

The Wahine, getting a match-high 21 kills from Hartong will take on former Western Athletic Conference rival Brigham Young at 7 tonight. The Cougars (23-6) eliminated Arizona State (19-14) in Friday's first round, 21-25, 25-22, 25-17, 24-26, 15-10.

A near sellout crowd (8,238 tickets, 7,809 turnstile) saw Hawaii win its ninth straight. It was anything but easy as the Bengals (23-12) created some anxious moments for part of the hour and 46 minutes.

Hawaii started out hot, controlling Set 1 with six aces, three blocks and a diversified attack that hit .348. As happened all season, Hartong led the way with almost as many aces (3) as kills (4).

After dropping a lackluster Set 2, the Rainbow Wahine used a 7-0 run midway in Set 3 to take a 22-11 lead and regain control of the match. Senior setter Mita Uiato stuffed freshman hitter Marissa Todd for set point and Hartong's 16th kill punctuated the rout.

Freshman opposite Nikki Taylor added 11 kills and Longo 14 digs for Hawaii. Sophomore hitter Tressa Lyman led Idaho State with 13 kills and freshman libero Hayley Farrer had 10 digs.

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Mana07 wrote:
Awesome! Great crowd! But....SA it is not a near sellout with 8,238 ticket issued as the arena holds 10,300
on December 6,2013 | 09:34PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Why Botha u?
on December 7,2013 | 12:25AM
At what point would "near sellout" represent-Let me ask you this: If your driving your car and you look at your fuel gauge and it reads 1/8th of tank-is that considered near empty, or would you have to have much less (fumes) before it is considered "near empty"?
on December 7,2013 | 11:59AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Seems a letdown of some sort happened in set 2.
on December 6,2013 | 09:49PM
niimi wrote:
But they surely corrected it. Go Bows!
on December 6,2013 | 10:04PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
My prediction is that this sub-regional will be a sellout, now that UH is in it.
on December 7,2013 | 12:26AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Damnnn it
on December 7,2013 | 12:26AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Suck it
on December 7,2013 | 12:27AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
on December 7,2013 | 12:27AM
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