Hawai’i beach volleyball pick up pair of Saturday wins on Senior Weekend

Hawai’i beach volleyball pick up pair of Saturday wins on Senior Weekend

Hawai’i beach volleyball pick up pair of Saturday wins on Senior Weekend

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED APRIL 14, 2024

HONOLULU — Home, sweet home.

The No. 12 University of Hawai’i beach volleyball team picked up a pair of wins Saturday at the Clarence T.C. Ching Complex in its first home matches in more than a month as the Rainbow Wahine got past No. 19 Grand Canyon, 3-2, before dominating Portland, 5-0.

The two victories helped Hawai’i improve to 18-11 with two final matches at home before the Big West Championship.

The Rainbow Wahine will conclude the regular season with a 3 p.m. game against Chaminade on Sunday before honoring six seniors in a 6:30 p.m. rematch against GCU.

Jaime Santer, Anna Maidment, Kaylee Glagau, Riley Wagoner, Sabrina Hardisty and Pani Napoleon are the six seniors that will be honored.

Bows suffer first loss to CSUN since 2018 in four-set defeat, 25-23, 25-16, 22-25, 25-21

Bows suffer first loss to CSUN since 2018 in four-set defeat, 25-23, 25-16, 22-25, 25-21

Bows suffer first loss to CSUN since 2018 in four-set defeat, 25-23, 25-16, 22-25, 25-21

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED MARCH 24, 2024

HONOLULU — Sometimes it’s just not your night.

The second-ranked Hawai’i men’s volleyball team fell to No. 18 Cal State Northridge for the first time since 2018 with a four-set loss Saturday night before a crowd of 6,839 at SimpliFi Arena at the Stan Sheriff Center. Set scores were 25-23, 25-16, 22-25 and 25-21.

The Rainbow Warriors committed 10 more attack errors than the Matadors in the loss as they dropped to 18-4 and 1-3 in Big West play.

CSUN (10-11, 1-3) came out firing to start, hitting .560 and 0.480 to in the first and second set. The Matadors took a dip in the third set with seven of their 13 hitting errors in the frame, but they were able to turn back Hawai’i in the following stanza to snap a nine-match losing streak to the ‘Bows.

“Northridge played great, they really did,” said Hawai’i coach Charlie Wade. “Guys were jumping high and hitting hard all night. Their setter does a really good job and their serve receive was better than ours. We got a little better in the third and fourth, but they were literally falling and diving and putting balls right to the target. Some nights are like that. They got really good arms, they got some guys that can jump and hit, their setter is really good and they were good all night and we were just OK.”

Redshirt freshman Jalen Phillips had 17 kills, senior Griffin Walters had 15 and redshirt senior Kyle Hobus put down 11 kills to help CSUN pick up its first win in the Stan Sheriff Center since 2013.

“I think some of that team too were a pretty veteran group,” said Wade. “I got to think that’s the first time they’ve beaten us in their careers right, and you just get tired of losing and coming in here and playing in this (atmosphere), it’s the closest thing to the NBA that I’ve ever seen. Everybody plays good in this building.”

Freshman Louis Sakanoko led the way for the ‘Bows in the loss with 19 kills after recording just one kill in the opening set. Opposite Alakai’i Todd also finished with double digit kills with 12. The next leading attacker for Hawai’i just had four kills.

The ‘Bows will look to bounce back this weekend against UC Santa Barbara in their final home matches of the regular season.

Rainbow Wahine outlasts UNLV in five sets for exhibition win

Rainbow Wahine outlasts UNLV in five sets for exhibition win

Rainbow Wahine outlasts UNLV in five sets for exhibition win

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED MARCH 13, 2024

HONOLULU — A little close for comfort, but a fun night nonetheless.

The Hawai’i Rainbow Wahine started off the first of three spring exhibition matches with a thrilling five-set win over UNLV Tuesday at SimpliFi Arena at the Stan Sheriff Center. Set scores were 25-22, 18-25, 25-15, 22-25, 15-13.

Caylen Alexander led a quartet of attackers in double-digit kills with a double-double of 18 kills and 12 digs while hitting .371 for the match. Stella Adeyemi and Paula Guersching each had 13 kills in four sets played and Jacyn Bamis had 10 to round out the attack.

Kate Lang started the first, third and fifth set and finished with 33 assists in four sets played. Tayli Ikenaga had a match-high 17 digs for the ‘Bows.

Hawai’i continues exhibition play this week with a Wednesday match against Colorado State before wrapping up the spring slate with a Thursday match against Notre Dame.

No. 3 Hawai’i serve up upset win in sweep over No. 1 Grand Canyon

No. 3 Hawai’i serve up upset win in sweep over No. 1 Grand Canyon

No. 3 Hawai’i serve up upset win in sweep over No. 1 Grand Canyon

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED MARCH 9, 2024

HONOLULU — The matchup between two of the top three teams in the country turned out to be a one-sided affair.

No. 3 Hawai’i swept No. 1 Grand Canyon before a crowd of 8,422 on day two of the Outrigger Volleyball Invitational at SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center Friday night.

The Rainbow Warriors (16-1) outperformed the Lopes (15-2) in every category for their 15th straight win while handing GCU its second loss of the year in as many nights.

It started from the service line. Hawai’i tallied eight total aces to GCU’s one while the Lopes committed 12 service errors that prevented them from gaining any momentum. Middle blocker Kurt Nusterer led the serving game with three aces for the ‘Bows, with two coming on back-to-back points to give Hawai’i a 12-8 lead in set three.

The ‘Bows also had more digs (19) and had 10 total blocks to the Lopes’ four.

“The defense was really good, triggered by the serving,” said Hawai’i coach Charlie Wade. “We’ve always been preaching, the serving, it defines us. We spent a ton of time on it for years and years and years and when we get it rolling tonight, we can put a lot of pressure on teams.”

Pin hitters Spyros Chakas and Alaka’i Todd each had two aces apiece and finished with 14 and 11 kills respectively in what was an efficient hitting night for the ‘Bows (.449).

Chaz Galloway added seven kills and middle Guilherme Voss had five more to round out the top attackers for Hawai’i with setter Tread Rosenthal finishing with 37 assists.

“I think we’re hitting for a high clip right now and that’s amazing,” said Rosenthal. “I do owe our middles a lot of gratitude. They’re pulling a lot of the opposition and it makes my life easier, it makes our outside hitters, our right side hitters’ lives way easier.”

It was a slow start offensively for Hawai’i, hitting .261 in the opening frame, but two quick kills by Voss for the home team’s first and third point of the match saw the Lopes adjust their coverage, which in turn presented opportunities at the pins.

“(Tread) did a nice job of running the offense based on how they defended us,” said Wade.

“We’re sending Guilherme all over the court and he’s taking people with him so we don’t have to set him. If I can move a chess piece on the board and you move guys with him, yeah we’re going to set over there (to the pins) so he’s really valuable. We’ve set him enough at different times and we started the match setting him then all of a sudden they’re making a choice and Tread is doing a really nice job of playing that chess game.”

The scoring was back-and-forth in the opening set before back-to-back blocks gave Hawai’i a 6-3 lead. The ‘Bows continued to grow their lead over the course of the frame with their defense as they had 10 digs and five blocks in the stanza. Hawai’i led 15-8 at the media timeout and led by as many as 18-9 before winning the set on a service error.

The second set was the ‘Bows’ most efficient set, hitting .650, but it was a tightly contested affair for the first half of the frame. The score was tied 12 before a service error and a hitting error by GCU saw Hawai’i hold a 15-12 advantage at the set’s media timeout. Another attack error by the Lopes out of the media timeout saw GCU take its own timeout down 16-12.

GCU fought to pull within one, 18-17, before a 3-0 run capped by Voss’ solo block pushed Hawai’i ahead by four points to force another timeout. Another service error by the Lopes and a Galloway-Nusterer block ultimately gave Hawai’i the final two points of the set.

Set three was a dominant performance by the ‘Bows from the service line. In addition to Nusterer’s back-to-back aces in the frame, Chakas had an ace to give Hawai’i a 16-10 lead before Todd landed the ‘Bows’ eighth ace of the night for a commanding 19-12 lead.

Gianni Camden put down a match-high 16 kills tin the loss to lead GCU, who hit just .304 for the match.

Hawai’i will wrap up the Invitational on Sunday against No. 5 UC-Irvine in a 5 p.m. contest while GCU will try to avoid leaving the islands winless in a 2 p.m. contest against No. 14 Lewis.