The No. 11 nationally-ranked Hawaii Rainbow Wahine swept the Lady Techsters in three games in Western Athletic Conference action infront of 435 fans at the Thomas Assembly Center tonight.
Hawaii (8-6, 2-0 WAC) extended its WAC winning streak to 93 matches, dating back to Oct. 10, 1998, when Brigham Young beat the Wahine in four games. Hawaii is now 124-1 in conference matches, as the Lady Techsters fell to 12-5 overall and 0-3 in WAC matches.
The Wahine struck hard and quick in the first two games, taking the games with scores of 30-14 and 30-18, but Tech fought back in the third game and almost pushed the match four sets.
The Lady Techsters led 27-23 in the third game, but the Wahine scored five points in a row to go up by one at 28-27. Tech and Hawaii then battled back and forth, until the Wahine finally put the Lady Techsters away with a final score of 33-31.
Hawaii dominated the first two games and had a .357 team hitting percentage for the match, versus the Lady Techster's .086 hitting percentage, but Tech head coach Heather Mazeitis said she was proud of the way her team continued to fight against the eleventh best team in the land.
"The scores are not indicative of how hard we played tonight," Mazeitis said. "The thing I'm most proud of with this team is that they never gave up and they continued playing hard. Hawaii is a great team, but we didn't quit. We didn't play well in the first two games. They were fast in their transition, and we didn't make adjustments. But we came back and had opportunities to win game three."
Junior outside hitter Ambra Hayes led the Lady Techsters with 17 kills on 55 total attacks, while recording 11 digs defensively, and Mazeitis said this match was Hayes' best in recent days.
"Ambra had a great match tonight," Mazeitis said. "To get a double-double against Hawaii is awesome. She had a lot of confidence, and I'm glad we got her that many hits."
Junior Anielle Da Silva was second with eight kills, and senior Stacey Clark had five kills, followed by Shannon Phillips and Carly Johnson who both had three kills.
Sophomore Maria Romanowski played the entire match at setter, recording 29 assists in the match.
After starting the season at a school record 12-2, the Lady Techsters have dropped three-straight matches - all in conference play. But Tech will have an opportunity to earn its first WAC win with a match-up against Fresno State at 2 p.m. in the Thomas Assembly on Saturday, before Bulldog football hosts New Mexico State at Joe Aillet Stadium at 6 p.m.