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Rainbow Wahine sweep Davis in Big West volleyball opener

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    University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine junior Natasha Burns had 13 kills as Hawaii won its Big West volleyball season opener by sweeping tonight at UC Davis in Davis, Calif.

Junior middle Natasha Burns had 13 kills and Hawaii opened Big West volleyball play tonight with a 25-18, 25-21, 26-24 sweep of UC Davis at Davis, Calif.

It was the 10th straight win for the Rainbow Wahine (5-5, 1-0 Big West) over the Aggies (8-6, 0-2). It was Hawaii’s first road match of the season.

UH senior hitters McKenna Granato and Casey Castillo each added 10 kills, junior setter-hitter Norene Iosia added her 10th double-double of the season (19 assists-12 digs). Senior libero Tita Akiu had 13 digs for her 10th straight double-digit-dig match.

Lauren Matias had 11 kills for UC Davis, which lost its third straight. Libero Ally Reyes finished with 19 digs.

Hawaii was outblocked 8-6 but won the dig war 55-46.

The Wahine held off one set point at 24-23 in Set 3, with Burns’ seventh kill tying it. Kills by senior middle Sarah Liva and Granato completed the sweep for Hawaii, which has taken the last 20 sets off the Aggies.

The Wahine conclude their first road trip at UC Irvine (7-6, 1-0) at noon on Sunday.

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