Sophomore Nikki Taylor put down 17 kills and junior Tai Manu-Olevao and freshman Kalei Greeley added 12 each but it was not enough as Hawaii fell to No. 23 Long Beach State 27-25, 25-22, 18-25, 17-25, 15-10 Friday night in a Big West volleyball match at the Stan Sheriff Center.
It was the first win in the Sheriff Center for the 49ers (20-4, 10-0 Big West) in five visits. Long Beach State last won in Honolulu in 1993 when facing Hawaii in Klum Gym, also the last time the 49ers swept the conference series from the Wahine. Long Beach State also defeated Hawaii in five on Oct. 11 in Long Beach, Calif.
The Wahine (16-6, 8-3) host Cal State Northridge at 7 p.m. Saturday in a match that potentially could determine whether Hawaii makes it into the NCAA tournament. The Matadors (14-7, 5-4) swept Hawaii on Oct. 10.
Hawaii, the top blocking team in the conference, finished with a 16.5-10 edge, with Taylor in on eight and Olivia Magil seven. Sarah Mendoza had four of the Wahine’s nine aces.
Alex Reid led the 49ers with 16 kills and Bre Mackie added 16. The Beach finished with an 82-70 edge in digs with libero Tyler Jackson coming up with 19.