Rebels Fall To No. 2 Hawai'i|
Sept. 21, 2003
HONOLULU - The UNLV women's volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (30-16, 30-9, 30-22) decision to the second-ranked Hawai'i on Saturday night in the final match of the Sprint Hawai'i Invitational.
With the loss, the Rebels fall to 6-5 on the season, while the Rainbow Wahine improve to 11-1.
Hawai`i took control early in game one, jumping out to a 10-1 lead. UNLV would keep the deficit at nine before a 5-0 run that included three straight kills by Kim Willoughby put UH up 22-8. The Rebels would get within 11 points a couple more times before the Rainbow Wahine took the first game 30-16.
The Rebels kept it closer to start game two, as Hawai'i held a lead of just 6-4 early, before UH responded with a 16-2 run to go up 22-6 and never looked back.
UNLV held the lead for most of the first half of game three, taking a 15-12 lead at the media timeout. Hawai`i would come back with a 5-0 run to take an 18-16 lead. The Rebels would tie it at 18 and 21 before the Rainbow Wahine went on a 9-2 run to end the game.
For the match, Hawai'i hit .454 as a team to the Rebels .075.
Tamara Kauliakamoa handled the setter duties and finished with 21 assists, five digs and one kill. Nina Franchinim playing in the libero spot, led the team with nine digs.
Willoughby led the Rainbow Wahine with 15 kills and ten digs.
UNLV returns to the Cox Pavilion on Sept. 26 when they open Mountain West Conference play with San Diego State.
Join the Rebels for "Break the Attendance Record Night" against San Diego State. Kids 12-and-under are free and the Rebel volleyball team will be signing autographs after the match. Student-Athletes from various other sports will be on hand to sign autographs before the match.
The current attendance record of 1,250 was set against Hawai'i at the South Gym in 1997.