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No. 20 Hawaii turns back St. John’s in volleyball

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    University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine's Tai Manu-Olevao puts down a kill against St. John's Red Storm's Karin Palgutova, left, and Briana Guzman in the second set of the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic at The Stan Sheriff Center in Manoa, HI on Saturday September 6, 2014.

Junior middle Olivia Magill put down 15 kills and No. 20 Hawaii rebounded from Friday’s five-set loss to No. 22 Oregon with a 19-25, 25-15, 25-20, 25-22 victory over St. John’s Saturday afternoon at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Magill, named the Most Outstanding Player of the 27th Hawaiian Airlines Classic, finished with a double-double when coming up with school-record 12 block assists .The Rainbow Wahine (4-2, 2-2) finished with a season-high 20 blocks.

Junior hitter Tai Manu-Olevao added 13 kills and freshman Kalei Greeley had 11. Manu-Olevao was named to the all-tournament team, along with Oregon’s Liz Brenner, Frankie Shebby and Martenne Bettendorf; Karin Palgutova of St. John’s and New Mexico’s Chantale Riddle.

The Red Storm (5-2, 1-2) got a match-high 18 kills from Palgutova, a junior hitter. Senior hitter Aleksandra Wachowicz added 10 kills.

In Saturday’s second match, No. 22 Oregon (6-0, 3-0) got 15 kills from both Brenner and Bettendorf when defeating New Mexico 25-18, 24-26, 25-19, 25-19. Riddle led the Lobos (2-4, 0-3) with 16 kills. 

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