Sept. 13, 2009

Courtesy of Hawaii

HONOLULU – The sixth-ranked University of Hawai’i women’s volleyball team won the Honolulu Advertiser Volleyball Challenge with a 27-25, 25-21, 25-22 sweep of No. 10 Stanford in front of 7,801 fans at the Stan Sheriff Center Saturday night.
UH improved to 7-2 on the season and won the program’s 1,000th victory in the process. The sweep of Stanford was the second sweep of a Pac-10 program this year, as UH beat then No. 9 UCLA on Aug. 30.
The Rainbow Wahine tournament title is the second this season, and Kanani Danielson was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Honolulu Advertiser Volleyball Challenge, her second MOP award this year.
UH’s Dani Mafua and Amber Kaufman were also selected to the all-tournament team.
Offensively Saturday night, UH hit an impressive .392 for the match, including hitting .500 in the first set and .412 in the second set. Amber Kaufman recorded 13 kills and hit .706 for the match, while Kanani Danielson had 13 kills and hit .455.
Dani Mafua set the offense with 47 assists and added seven digs and four blocks, while Brittany Hewitt had nine kills and five blocks. Stephanie Ferrell and Aneli Cubi-Otineru each had eight kills.
In the opening set, UH fell behind early, but rallied late to take the set 27-25. The Rainbow Wahine hit .500 as a team, as Mafua led the offense with 17 assists. Danielson led the way with five kills, hitting .667 and Kaufman had four kills on four attempts. Ferrell, Hewitt and Cubi-Otineru each had three kills and UH recorded three blocks, including two by Hewitt.
UH continued its hot play in the second set and carried the momentum into a 25-21 victory. Danielson led the way with six kills and Kaufman added four kills for UH as they hit .412 in the set. Mafua had 15 assists and spread the offense around. Hewitt had three kills and Ferrell and Cubi-Otineru added two kills.
The Rainbow Wahine jumped in front early in the third set and kept a three-point lead for most of the way, ending in a 25-22 victory. Kaufman had five kills in the set, while Hewitt, Ferrell and Cubi-Otineru added three kills. UH hit .273 in the set and recorded three blocks.
Honolulu Advertiser Volleyball Challenge
UT-San Antonio 3, WeberState 1
The Roadrunners took the first two sets and had to rally in the fourth set, but held on for the 25-22, 25-21, 20-25, 27-25 victory. UTSA was led by Kendra Rowland, who had 11 kills and Whitney Walls had 10 kills. The Roadrunner finished the tournament 1-2.
Weber State was led by Chelsea Bair and Jenna Leggat, who each had 16 kills. The Wildcats finished the tournament with a 0-3 record.
Honolulu Advertiser Volleyball Challenge All-Tournament Team
Kendra Rowland, UT-San Antonio
Cassidy Lichtman, Stanford
Janet Okogbaa, Stanford
Gabi Ailes, Stanford
Dani Mafua, Hawai’i
Amber Kaufman, Hawai’i
Most Outstanding Player: Kanani Danielson, Hawai’i