Junior hitter Nikki Taylor put down a match-high 22 kills and senior middle Olivia Magill had 11 of Hawaii’s 17.5 blocks as the 17th-ranked Rainbow Wahine turned back Iowa, 18-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-23 in Friday’s second match of the 27th Hawaiian Airlines Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Sophomore hitter Kalei Greeley finished with a double-double with 12 kills and 11 digs for Hawaii (4-0), which takes on American (3-2) in Saturday’s 7 p.m.match. Junior setter Tayler Higgins added 44 assists and 11 digs for the Rainbow Wahine off to their best start since opening 5-0 in 2012.
Lauren Broast led the Hawkeyes (2-2) with 14 kills.
In Friday’s opener, No. 25 UCLA swept American, 25-19, 25-19, 25-18. The Bruins (2-1) 13 kills from Jordan Anderson while Allison Cappellino led the Eagles with eight.
UCLA and Iowa meet Saturday at 4:30 p.m.