Senior Emily Maglio put down 14 kills and junior hitter McKenna Granato added 13 but it was not enough as No. 20 Hawaii dropped its season opener for the second straight year, falling to Marquette 24-26, 25-21, 25-18, 18-25, 15-12 in tonight’s second match of the Texaco Invitational women’s volleyball tournament at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The Golden Eagles (1-0), getting 22 kills from sophomore Allie Barber, spoiled the coaching debut of former Rainbow Wahine All-American setter Robyn Ah Mow-Santos. Freshman Hope Merch added 12 kills for Marquette, making its first trip to Honolulu.
Making an impressive debut for Hawaii (0-1) was freshman middle Sky Williams, who was in on 12 of the team’s 17 blocks. Senior libero Savanah Kahakai had 18 digs and sophomore setter Norene Iosia had 12 digs to go along with 44 assists.
Granato also had a double-double with 11 digs.
In tonight’s opener matching two ranked teams, No. 13 UCLA needed just 87 minutes to dispatch No. 22 San Diego, 25.16, 25-12, 25-22. The Bruins (1-0) outblocked the Toreros (0-1) 16-3, including seven in Set 2.
UCLA faces Marquette in Saturday’s 4:45 p.m. match followed by San Diego against Hawaii.