DES MOINES, IOWA >> Led by junior opposite Nikki Taylor’s 18 kills and 14 from senior hitter Tai Manu-Olevao, unseeded Hawaii eliminated two-time defending national champion Penn State 25-22, 27-25, 25-16 in today’s NCAA regional semifinal.
Senior middle Olivia Magill added nine kills with no hitting errors, and sophomore Kalei Greeley had eight as the Rainbow Wahine (29-1) reached the regional final for the first time since 2009. It also was the first time Hawaii had defeated Penn State in six meetings.
The Rainbow Wahine will face second-seeded Minnesota (29-4) at 1:30 p.m. Hawaii time on Saturday. The match will be broadcast on ESPNU.
The Golden Gophers swept Illinois 25-22, 25-23, 25-17 in today’s first match.
Aiyana Whitney led the Nittany Lions (28-6) with 10 kills.