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.