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Hawaii sweeps Santa Clara to open NCAA volleyball tournament

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    The University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine's Jane Croson (11) scores against Santa Clara Broncos' Kayla Lommori 920) during the third and final period of their first round of their NCAA Division I championship game in Seattle, Washington on November 30, 2012. PHOTO BY ANTHONY BOLANTE / SPECIAL TO THE HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER
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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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