Sept. 11, 2004
HONOLULU - The 17th-ranked Santa Clara University volleyball team dropped a four-game match to No. 11 Hawaii in continuing action at the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Challenge, hosted by the Rainbow Wahine at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu. Sophomore Kim McGiven led the Broncos with a career-high 18 kills in the 30-27, 28-30, 30-27, 30-28 loss. Santa Clara is now 3-2 on the season, while Hawaii improves to 5-0.
Freshman Annalisa Muratore added 13 kills for the Broncos, while Cassie Perret and Toni Muratore added 10 each. Perret notched her third double-double of the season, adding 14 digs to her totals. Other defensive performances include Caroline Walters' team-high 20 digs, and Toni Muratore's four solo blocks.
Hawaii's attack was balanced, as five players reached double digits in kills, led by Victoria Prince, who posted 20.
The Rainbow Wahine took an 8-3 lead to start the first game, on an overpass kill by Kari Gregory, to force SCU Head Coach Jon Wallace to call a timeout. UH continued to hold a big lead until the Broncos went on a 4-1 run, cutting the deficit to 26-22. Santa Clara got it down to 29-27, but a kill by Alicia Arnott put game one in the books for the home team.
Hawaii held a slight 15-13 edge at the media timeout in game two, but the Broncos once again stormed back, going on a 7-2 run to take a 20-17 lead, forcing UH to take a timeout. Arnott then led a 4-2 Rainbow Wahine run, smacking three kills, cutting it back to 22-21. Santa Clara got to game point at 29-26 before putting it away 30-28.
Prince took over at the start of the third game, scoring four of UH's first five points, pushing the Rainbow Wahine to a 5-3 lead. Hawaii was able to improve its lead to 15-10 before a Santa Clara 9-3 run put the visitors ahead 19-18. UH got it to 22-19 before the Broncos tied it at 25. Hawaii responded with a 5-2 run, capped by Prince's seventh kill of the game, to win 30-27 in game three.
Game four went back-and-forth early on, as neither team had a lead of more than three points. Santa Clara built up a 25-22 lead late before a 4-0 run on the serve of Kanoe Kamana`o gave UH back the lead at 26-25. The Rainbow Wahine got it to match-point at 29-27 on a solo block by Gregory before Susie Boogaard put away the match-winning kill.
Santa Clara will conclude action at the Challenge on Saturday, taking on Southwest Missouri State (5-2) at 8 p.m. Pacific.