Junior hitter Reily Buechler put down 14 kills and No. 8 UCLA defeated No. 15 Hawaii for a third consecutive season, claiming the title of the 29th Hawaiian Airlines Classic tonight at the Stan Sheriff Center with a 25-23, 25-22, 25-sweep.
It was the first time the Rainbow Wahine (3-3) had been swept at home since losing 3-0 to the Bruins in 2014. It was the 11th Classic title for UCLA, which evened the series with Hawaii at 37.
Wahine senior opposite Nikki Taylor, named the Most Outstanding Player, put down 16 kills and junior middle Emily Maglio add 12, one off her career-high. Junior libero Savanah Kahakai had a match-high 19 digs.
Maglio and freshman setter Norene Iosia were named to the all-tournment as were UCLA’s Jennie Frager and Jordan Anderson. Also named were Missouri State’s Lily Johnson and UOP’s Lexi Elman.
Anderson added 10 kills and senior libero Taylor Formico 16 digs for the Bruins.