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Rainbow Wahine sweep Penn State

  • Hawaii’s Kalei Greeley (11) and Olivia Magill (9) celebrate their win over Penn State today during the first round of the NCAA Division I college volleyball championship in Des Moines, Iowa. (Michael Zamora/The Des Moines Register via AP)

  • Hawaii’s Tai Manu-Olevao (10) spikes the ball past Penn State’s Megan Courtney (17) and Heidi Thelen (19) today during the first round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship in Des Moines, Iowa. (Michael Zamora/The Des Moines Register via AP)

  • Hawaii’s Tai Manu-Olevao (10) looks on as Hawaii’s Savanah Kahakai (15) gets under the ball today during the first round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship in Des Moines, Iowa. (Michael Zamora/The Des Moines Register via AP)

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.

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