FRESNO, Calif. – No. 7 Hawaii defeated Fresno State on Thursday in four sets (25-20, 25-18, 23-25, 25-18). UH improves to 23-1 overall and 11-0 in the Western Athletic Conference while the Bulldogs drop to 10-12 overall and 4-5 in conference.
Jane Croson posted a match-high 17 kills to go along with nine digs. Kanani Danielson recorded 14 kills and 16 digs, and Brittany Hewitt added a match-high seven blocks.
For Fresno State, Korrin Wild had 15 kills and Cecilia Agraz had 19 digs.
The Rainbow Wahine held a slim lead for the first half of set one then began to pull away. Leading by one point, Danielson, Hewitt, and Chanteal Satele (nine kills, five blocks) all recorded kills to give UH a 17-11 lead, but the Bulldogs rallied to cut the advantage to 22-20. The ‘Bows had a response of their own, as Croson and Danielson buried kills to give UH the win.
FS was leading 13-11 in set two, but saw UH catch fire and race to a 25-18 win. Wild recorded a kill to bring her team level at 18-18, but the ’Bows scored the final seven points of the set to take a 2-0 lead. Hewitt and Satele both recorded a trio of block assists to lead Hawai’i down the stretch.
After a hiccup in set three, the ‘Bows closed out the match with a 25-18 set-four win. They controlled the set from the start, scoring five straight points early before expanding the lead to 14-6.