Women’s volleyball sweeps CSU Bakersfield on seniors night

HONOLULU — The University of Hawaii women’s volleyball (19-6, 16-1 Big West) defeated Cal State Bakersfield 25-13, 25-10, 25-12 to capture at least a part of The title with two players Play Big West games. middle blocker Amber Igiede led all players with 16 and six blocks Sunday night at the SimpliFi Arena at the Stan Sheriff Center. After the game, Mylana ByrdUH’s only honoree at Senior Night, was recognized at the first full post-COVID senior celebration in women’s volleyball since 2019.

The Roadrunners couldn’t find a solution for Igiede, who started the match with seven kills in the first set alone. Her 16 total kills came down to 27 clean swings for a hit percentage of .593 – which was the 11th time this season that she has hit over .500. It was her fourth straight match with at least five blocks and she added a pair of serve aces, two assists and a ditch for the crazy stat line.

Junior Riley Wagoner notched her sixth double-double of the season and racked up 11 kills with 10 digs. She has recorded 10-plus digs in eight of UH’s last nine games and has double-digit digs in 12 games with 17 double-digit kill matches this season.

Overall, three Rainbow Wahine recorded 10 or more digs with defensive/serving specialists Kendra Ham comes with 10 and libero Taylor Ikenaga Adding 13. Both Ham and Ikenaga also recorded career milestones during the three-setter when Ham counted their 200th Career dig and Ikenaga picked up her 600th career dig.

Kate Lang and Byrd meanwhile at the setter. Lang had 19 assists and five digs with a kill and an ace, while Byrd dished out 10 assists with four digs and a block solo. The two setters combined gave UH a .307 batting average — the fourth time in the last five games that UH has netted over .300 as a team.

The Rainbow Wahine started as they had ended their previous match against Cal Poly. Hawaii had an early six-point run with Waggoner as UH started with a 7-1 lead. UH extended the lead to 11:2. The Roadrunners put on an 8-1 run of their own to fall short by 12-10 to two. From that point on, Hawaii would score 13 of the last 16 points to win Set 1 25-13. Ham served eight straight points to put UH at 24-12. Igiede led the ‘Bows with seven kills with two blocks, an assist, and a service ace in the frame.

In set 2, Hawaii went up to six at 11-4 after a five-point run with Lang behind the service line. UH extended their lead to nine at 14-5 to force the runners to call their second time-out before halftime. Hawaii led by as many as 10 points at 17-7, then hit the final eight straight points on another Wagonoer serve to win Set 2 25-10. UH’s 25-10 result in Set 2 was the most lopsided since UH won Set 2 against UC Davis 25-7 last season on October 29, 2021.

CSU Bakersfield couldn’t slow down the UH juggernaut in set 3. Hawai’i scored in a row. A seven-point run with Ikenaga’s serve ended the match late, giving the ‘Bows a 20-8 lead. UH drove to a 25-12 win in Set 3 to seal the sweep. The win was UH’s fifth success in their last six games. UH has kept his opponent under 20 points in 14 of the last 18 sets. The one hour and 20 minute game was the fastest game of the UH season (CSUN on October 21).

UH held the roadrunner (7-23, 4-14 BW) at a -0.050 batting average. Hawaii beat CSUB by 38 to 16 in kills, had a 36 to 14 advantage in assists, a 6 to 2 advantage in service aces, 51 to 32 in digs and 10.0 to 5.0 in blocks.

The Roadrunners were led by Ava Palm, who had a team high with five kills. Laura De Pra had a nine ditch team high and both Hana Makonova and Palm had a three block team high each.

The Rainbow Wahine will end the regular season on the road. Hawaii is two games ahead of their next opponent, UC Santa Barbara, whom they play on Friday, November 25 at 5:00 p.m. HT. The following night, the ‘Bows meet CSUN in the season finale on Saturday, November 26 at 5:00 p.m. HT.