No. 4 Hawai'i Becomes Prince Of The City With 3-0 Win Over No. 7 USC

Sept. 2, 2005

HONOLULU, Hawaii - Victoria Prince tallied a team-high 17 kills and .517 hitting percentage Thursday as the No. 4 Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine registered the 3-0 victory (30-23, 30-27, 33-31) over the No. 7 USC Women of Troy in action at the 2005 Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic. She recorded four of her team's final five points in the third game to go along with eight blocks (three solo, five assisted) in front of 5,687 at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Hawai'i (1-2) avoided starting the season with an 0-3 mark after being swept in both matches at last week's NACWAA Volleyball Classic in Omaha, Neb. Setter Kanoe Kamana'o led the Rainbow Wahine with 47 assists on the evening.

Sophomore outside hitter Diane Copenhagen led the Women of Troy (2-2) with 13 kills while senior Staci Venski added 12 kills.

The Women of Troy jumped out to an 8-3 lead in game one on a pair of back row kills from Copenhagen and Venski. After a 14-9 advantage, Hawai'i drew even and pulled ahead for a 15-14 lead. Both teams drew to an 18-18 score before Prince and Houston hammered back-to-back attempts as part of a seven-point run for the Rainbow Wahine, 25-18. Sanders used a solo block for the team's 29th point and capped the game with a kill for Hawai'i.

Game two saw the lead go back and forth as Hawai'i held a 15-14 lead at the first media timeout. Freshman Kelli Tennatt used a tip kill to put USC on top, 24-22, but Hawai'I used three straight points to take a 25-24 lead. Candelas recorded the kill from the back row to tie the game, but the Rainbow Wahine powered their way to the game win with a 5-2 run.

Two back-to-back kills by Prince in game three helped push the Rainbow Wahine lead to 15-11. A 10-5 run by the Women of Troy, including three kills by Copenhagen, put USC back on top with a slim 21-20 lead before Hawai'i answered on a quick 5-1 rally. Down 25-23, junior setter Kimi Freeburg dumped a ball between the Hawai'i defense for a point. The Women of Troy chipped away as the score remained tied through the latter part of the game. Hawai'i maintained several match points before Prince used a service ace to clinch the match.

USC concludes tournament play tomorrow against Western Michigan at 4:30 p.m. Hawaiian time. The Women of Troy travels to the UTSA Dome Rally next weekend in San Antonio, Texas, where USC will face Notre Dame, Florida and Texas A&M at the Alamodome.

USC	23-27-31UH	30-30-33

Records: USC (2-2), Hawai'i (1-2)Kills: Diane Copenhagen 13 (USC); Victoria Prince 17 (UH)Team Attack: USC UH1 .163 .2502 .227 .2623 .196 .094Totals .194 .197

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