USC Women's Volleyball Falls to Rainbow Wahine in Five
HONOLULU – The USC women's volleyball team (5-3) fell to Hawai'i (3-5) in five sets (22-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-16, 15-8) at SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center on Saturday, Sept. 10, in the second of two matches in the Hawaiian Airlines Volleyball Series.
- Sr. OH Skylar Fields finished one kill shy of tying her career high with 25 (5e) on 51 swings and turned in a .392 hitting performance. She also had 10 digs to rack up her third-career double-double and added two service aces.
- So. setter Mia Tuaniga put up 53 assists to go with three digs, a block, and a kill.
- Fr. OH Jordan Wilson logged a new season- and career-high with 15 kills and posted three digs and two blocks.
- Fr. LIB Gala Trubint led the team with 17 digs for her eighth straight match in double-digit digs.
- Jr. MB Lindsey Miller scored six kills on 15 swings and added a block.
- Sr. OPP Emilia Weske had nine kills, three digs, and two blocks.
- For the Rainbow Wahine, Riley Wagoner had 17 kills (3e, 36att, .389) and Amber Igiede tallied 15 kills (3e, 30att, .400) to power the offense. Both added eight digs apiece while Igiede got in on six blocks. Wagoner had two service aces. Kate Lang posted 41 assists and had two aces to go with two blocks.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- While the Trojans won the blocking game in the first meeting, Hawai'i turned the tables in the rematch to hold a 10-6 edge at the net. Both teams were close in digs, but USC earned a 52-50 advantage there; but UH had eight aces to the Trojans' three and put up a .278 hitting percentage to outpace a .197 effort from USC.
- The opening set went back and forth until USC grabbed set point at 24-21 on a kill by Miller. Fields had six of her kills in the first frame and helped the Trojans nab a 25-22 win.
- USC raced out to a 5-1 lead early in set two, but UH fought to get back into the set until the Trojans created big separation with a touchdown lead at 21-14. The Wahine closed to within three at 23-20, before USC sewed up a 25-21 win for a 2-0 lead in the match. Fields had four more kills without an error while the Trojans put up three blocks.
- Set three was the mirror opposite of set two. This time, Hawai'i pulled away for a six-point lead at 20-14 and needed only to hold off a late USC charge to get a 25-22 win. The Trojans came as close as two points from tying the score at 23-21 but couldn't catch the Rainbows. Fields turned in another error-free performance with seven kills on 14 swings.
- Fields added six more kills in the fourth, but Hawai'i served up four aces and led by as many as 10 points before tabulating a nine-point win, 25-16, to send the match to set five.
- In the fifth, Hawai'i took early control and then broke away after the score was tied at seven-all. Wagoner had five kills and Igiede had four to lead a .471 hitting display as the Wahine closed the match on an 8-1 run for a 15-8 win.
- USC returns home to host New Mexico State, Milwaukee, and San Jose State for the Trojan Challenge next week (Sept. 15-18) at Galen Center.
- USC fell to 20-24 all-time against the Rainbow Wahine and to 15-13 when facing Hawai'i on the islands.
- The Women of Troy go to 24-14 all-time in the Aloha State.
- The Trojans and the Wahine played a five-set match for just the ninth time in 44 all-time meetings. USC fell to 5-4 in five-setters against UH and to 5-2 when those matches are played in Honolulu.
- USC played its first five-set match of the season and fell to 144-100 all-time; 64-49 in five-set road matches.
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