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Women's Volleyball

No. 12 Hawaii Holds Off USC In Five To Advance To NCAA Second Round



Courtesy of Hawai‘i Athletics Media Relations

The No. 12 University of Hawai'i women's volleyball team (23-5, 15-1 Big West) survived and advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round after outlasting USC in five grueling sets to open the tourney, 25-22, 25-20, 22-25, 16-25, 15-13 at the Sports Arena in Minneapolis, Minn.

The Rainbow Wahine had four players record double-digits in kills, led by Nikki Taylor who put down 23 kills with six blocks while Emily Maglio added a career-high 15 kills with six blocks.  Annie Mitchem posted 12 kills; McKenna Granato had her third double-double and Norene Iosia tallied her 13th double-double of both their careers.

Taylor, the two-time Big West Player of the Year, notched her eighth 20 kill match season and her 19th double-digit kill game of the season. It also marked her seventh double-double of the year with 10 digs.