Nov. 21, 2007
LMU (16-12) dropped a four-game match by scores of 30-27, 28-30, 24-30, 17-30 to No. 11 Hawai'i (25-5) on Tuesday in front of a crowd of 5,812 at the Stan Sheriff Center in the first of two match-ups between the two teams this week. Senior Christianna Reneau led the Lions in the match, collecting a double-double with team-highs of 22 kills and 18 digs. Fellow senior Heather Hughes also collected a double-double on the night, pairing 12 kills with 10 digs. Junior Emily Day, the current WCC Player of the Week, completed the trio of Lions with double-doubles in the match, posting 16 kills and 10 digs. Freshman Renee Horton led the Lions with 43 assists on the night.
Jamie Houston collected a match-high 25 kills and added five digs in the victory for Hawai'i. Aneli Cubi-Otineru collected a double-double with 18 kills and 13 digs. Stephanie Brandt set the offense for the Rainbow Wahine, posting a match-high 48 assists. Tara Hittle and Elizabeth Ka'aihue shared the top-spot in digs, with each posting a match-best 20.
The Lions took game one by a score of 30-27 after hitting .283 ((21-6)/53) and holding Hawai'i to just a .191 mark in the frame. The first game was highly contested, as there were nine ties and three lead changes. The Lions broke a 12-12 tie with a three-point run, capped by a Day kill to make it 15-12 at the media timeout. A 4-1 spurt by the 'Bows tied it at 16-16. But that would be UH's last tie as a 3-0 LMU run, highlighted by two Hughes kills, got it to 19-16. Hawai`i never got closer than a two-point deficit as the Lions closed it out 30-27.
The two teams were caught in an offensive battle in game two, with both squads posting hitting percentages above .300. The Rainbow Wahine connected at an astonishing .396 clip, making only two attack errors over the span. LMU managed an impressive .348 in the frame, committing only four errors on 46 total swings to the tune of 20 kills. After falling back 7-4 to start game two, UH scored three-straight to tie it at 7-7. A 9-3 Hawai`i run gave them an 18-14 edge. LMU mounted a comeback, taking a late 26-25 edge on a ball-handling error before the Rainbow Wahine ran off three-straight points to go ahead 28-26. UH took the 30-28 victory on back-to-back Houston kills.
LMU was held to just a .024 hitting percentage in game three en route to falling 30-24 in the frame. Hawai'i posted a .257 hitting percentage in the game, collecting 17 kills on 35 attacks. LMU came out firing in game three, taking a lead of 8-4 early on a Day kill. UH battled back with a bunch of small runs, tying it at 15-15 before two Hughes kills gave LMU the 17-15 advantage. Cubi-Otineru served a six-point run that started on three Houston kills, pushing UH to a 24-19 edge. Hawai`i got their lead to 28-22 before finishing off game three, 30-24.
The Rainbow Wahine coasted to a 30-17 game-four victory after hitting .317 ((17-4)/41) and holding the Lions to just a .040 mark on 50 attacks in the frame. Hawai'i jumped-out to an early 7-4 lead on a Day attack error before LMU battled back to even at 12-12 on a Reneau kill. The Rainbow Wahine caught fire from there, scoring 18 of the next 23 points in the frame to runaway with the victory. Over that span, Hawai'i strung together streaks of five, three and six-straight unanswered points. After an LMU service error made it match point at 29-17, Houston, the WAC Player of the Year, put away the match-winner for Hawai'i.
The Lions and the Rainbow Wahine will face-off once again on Wednesday night in the final regular season match for both teams. The match is slated to begin at 10:00 p.m. and can be heard online at www.sportsradio1420.com or viewed via livestats on HawaiiAthletics.com.