Senior hitter Adora Anae put down 19 kills to lead No. 22 Utah to the championship of the 30th Hawaiian Airlines Classic tonight at the Stan Sheriff Center with a 20-25, 26-24, 25-15, 25-23 victory over host Hawaii.
Anae, a Kahuku High product, added a double-double with 16 digs en route to being named the volleyball tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. It was the first win over Hawaii by Utah in 12 meetings; this one took 2 hours and 19 minutes.
It also was the fourth consecutive time a Pac-12 team has won the Rainbow Wahine’s signature event. Hawaii has now lost eight straight to a ranked team dating back to 2015.
Junior hitter McKenna Granato led the Wahine (2-4) with 23 kills. Senior libero Savanah Kahakai had a match-high 20 digs.
The Utes (5-1) outblocked the Wahine 19-15 with senior middle Tawnee Luafalemana in on 12 and freshman hitter Dani Barton in on 11. Barton also had a double-double with 10 kills.
Named to the all-tournament team from Hawaii were Granato, Iosia and Emily Maglio. Joining them were Utah’s Bailey Choy, an ‘Iolani graduate, and Berkeley Oblad, and South Dakota’s Hayley Dotseth.