Good early, good enough late.
No. 5 Hawaii survived opening-night jitters and two freshman starters to turn back No. 22 San Diego last night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Kanani Danielson put down 18 kills and Chanteal Satele added 14 to lead the Rainbow Wahine past the Toreros 25-14, 22-25, 21-25, 25-16, 15 -9 in the second match of the Chevron Invitational.
Hawaii (1-0) will meet Kansas State (0-1) in tonight’s second match. In the 5 p.m. opener, USD (0-1) faces No. 16 UCLA (1-0), which downed K-State 26-24, 25-18, 25-19 in yesterday’s tourney opener.
A turnstile crowd of 4,790 (6,215 tickets) saw Brittany Hewitt in on 15 blocks and put down seven kills. Hewitt also had two aces in Set 5 that put Hawaii up 3-0.
USD got 13 kills from Amber Tatsch and 12 from Amy DeGroot.
In the night’s first match, the Bruins took just 95 minutes to give former Hawaii associate coach Mike Sealy his first victory in his debut as UCLA coach.
Dicey McGraw put down 10 kills and Sara Sage was in on five of the team’s blocks.
JuliAnne Chisholm led the Wildcats with 14 kills.