Hawaii sweeps Northern Colorado
Rainbow Wahine to face Colorado State in second round
HONOLULU -- In the opening round of the NCAA tournament, No. 3 Hawai'i swept Northern Colorado 25-21, 25-15, 25-15. With the win, the Rainbow Wahine advance to round two to play Colorado State.
Kanani Danielson posted her 19th double-double of the season, recording a match-high 16 kills with 12 digs. Jane Croson had 11 kills and six digs in her first postseason match, and Mita Uiato added 78 assists.
Kelley Arnold had 13 kills to lead UNC in the losing effort.
Hawai'i (30-1) trailed early in set one as the Bears (22-9) jumped out to a 6-3 lead. UH responded to take a 10-9 lead on an Arnold attack error and a Croson kill, and maintained the advantage for the remainder of the set for the 25-21 win.
UH had complete control of the rest of the match. The 'Bows held a slim lead early in the second set, then scored six consecutive points to take a 21-12 lead. Emily Hartong had a pair of kills in the run, finishing the match with eight kills and seven digs.
Hawai'i was too much for UNC in set three. The 'Bows scored nine consecutive points midway through the set, highlighted by four Danielson kills. They led 14-4 at that point and cruised into the second round with a sweep.