Senior All-America opposite Nikki Taylor played for the first time this season, putting down 21 kills — including career No. 1,000 — and No. 15 Hawaii swept Missouri State 25-16, 25-22, 25-22 in tonight’s second match of the 29th Hawaiian Airlines Classic volleyball tournament at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Taylor also was in on four of the Rainbow Wahine’s nine blocks, adding 11 digs for the only double-double. Taylor becomes the 19th Wahine to reach the 1,000-kill mark, the first since Emily Hartong (2013).
No. 8 UCLA (4-0) remained undefeated with a 22-25, 25-21, 25-18, 25-19 win over Pacific (2-2) in today’s opener.
Wahine freshman hitter Kirsten Sibley added 13 kills and junior libero Savanah Kahakai had 15 digs, her fourth straight in double digits.
Junior hitter Lily Johnson led Missouri State with 12 kills and junior middle Lynsey Wright had 11.
Hawaii won the block war 9-4 and had a 51-46 edge in digs.