Sept. 14, 2013
No. 10 Hawaii 3, Northwestern 0
Stan Sheriff Center Honolulu, Hawaii Attendance: 6,550
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HONOLULU -- Northwestern used several different lineup combinations Friday night against No. 10 Hawaii, but nothing seemed to click as the Rainbow Wahine defeated the Wildcats in straight sets in the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Volleyball Challenge. Hawaii won the nonconference match, 25-12, 25-13 and 25-19.
Northwestern failed to find an offensive rhythm in the first game while the Rainbow Wahine appeared to be clicking on all cylinders. The Wildcats converted only four kills on 29 attempts, but the home team terminated 14 balls on 30 chances with only three errors. Hawaii won the first frame, 25-12.
The 'Cats slowed things down at the beginning of in the second game, but an early 5-0 run put Hawaii up 8-3 and Northwestern seemingly was unable to overcome that deficit. The Wildcats never pulled closer than four points throughout the duration of the second game as the Rainbow Wahine claimed a 25-13 victory to go up 2-0 at the intermission.
Hawaii produced an even more efficient offensive output in the second set than it had in the first. The country's 10th-ranked squad killed 15 balls and committed one mistake, a swing from Emily Hartong that was blocked by Northwestern's Caleigh Ryan and Savannah Paffen that evened the score at 3-3 very early on.
On the other side of the net, the Wildcats produced nine kills in the second stanza, but were hampered by six attacking errors and two serving faults.
NU fell behind by six points early in the third game, but clawed its way back and cut the deficit to three points at 13-10 when Maggie Burnham scored a kill for her team. The 'Cats, unfortunately, would come no close the rest of the way.
"We tried a bunch of different things in the face of adversity tonight, but nothing seemed to stick," said NU head coach Keylor Chan. "All the credit definitely goes to Hawaii. They were not about to look past us tonight and they played at an extremely high level throughout the entire match."
Burnham provided a spark off the bench for Northwestern as she produced a career-high five kills on seven attempts and added a block assist after entering the match midway through the second set. Freshman Rafae Strobos made her first career start for the Wildcats and chipped in with a pair of kills on three swings and a dig.
The Wildcats will look to snap their brief two-match skid as they conclude their stay on O'ahu late Saturday afternoon with a match against the Portland State Vikings at 4:30 p.m. local time (9:30 p.m. CT). Northwestern has not faced Portland State since 1982 when it won the only matchup in series history at the UCLA Invitational.
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