The Rainbow Wāhine volleyball team reigned victorious as they brought their first conference road trip of the season to a close in Long Beach, Calif. with a 25-20, 25-21, 15-25, and 25-19 win over Long Beach State on Saturday, their fourth consecutive win to begin conference play.
While the ‘Bows led two sets to none, Long Beach State did not go down without a proper fight. With 5-0 and 4-0 scoring runs, they were able to hold Hawaiʻi to a -.071 hitting percentage in the third set. In the end, Hawaiʻi fell to Long Beach State, who pulled ahead to win set three, making it the ‘Bows’ first set loss so far in conference play.
After being forced into a fourth set, the back-to-back Big West champions did not give Long Beach State any room to breathe. They were able to gain back momentum following their disappointing third set and capture another fabulous win.
Outside hitter Riley Wagoner put up four straight kills to end the game and pulled her team to victory, driving down 16 total kills. Libero Tayli Ikenaga also recorded her 500th career dig in her 10-dig performance Saturday night.
Despite 20 attack errors and a hitting percentage of .233 in the match, the Rainbow Wāhine remain undefeated in the Big West Conference at 4-0.
With high spirits and even higher expectations for the upcoming games, the ‘Bows triumphantly return home to SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center and will prepare to face UC Irvine on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. HST, hopeful to acquire their fifth straight win this season.