Oct. 17, 2009

Courtesy of Hawaii Athletics

HONOLULU – University of Hawai’i head women’s volleyball coach Dave Shoji became just the second coach in NCAA history to win 1,000 career games, picking up the prestigious milestone Saturday night, beating New Mexico State 3-1 in front of 9,293 fans at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Shoji earned the milestone with a 25-13, 22-25, 25-21, 25-8 victory over the visiting Aggies. The Rainbow Wahine improve to 16-2 on the season and 7-0 in WAC play.
In front of nearly a sold out crowd, following the final point, Shoji was swarmed by the Rainbow Wahine as confetti and streamers fell from the arena rafters.
Following the celebration, Shoji was presented with the game-ball, a plaque, a flat-screen television and a proclamation from Governor Linda Lingle proclaiming October 17, 2009 as Coach Dave Shoji 1,000th Win Day.
Overall, UH was led by Kanani Danielson, who had a double-double with 15 kills and 12 digs. Danielson also had three blocks, including a career-high two solo blocks.
Senior Aneli Cubi-Otineru also had 15 kills and had nine digs and four aces. Brittany Hewitt had eight kills and Amber Kaufman and Stephanie Ferrell each had five kills.
Defensively, the Rainbow Wahine were all over the court. Libero Elizabeth Ka’aihue had a season-high 25 digs and UH recorded 11 team blocks.
In the first set, the Rainbow Wahine jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, winning 25-13. Danielson had four kills and hit .667 in the set, while Ferrell and Cubi-Otineru each had two kills. UH hit .318 as a team and had three blocks, holding New Mexico State to a -.067 hitting percentage.
UH rallied late in the second set, but New Mexico State held off the charge and won 25-22. Cubi-Otineru had five kills and Danielson and Kaufman each had four kills to lead the offense for the Rainbow Wahine. UH played excellent defense as Ka’aihue had nine digs in the set.
In the third set, UH once again took an early lead and held off New Mexico State for a 25-21 win. Cubi-Otineru had four kills and Danielson had three kills in another defense set. UH served well and recorded four aces, including two by Stephanie Brandt.
The Rainbow Wahine never looked back in the fourth set, cruising to a 25-8 victory. UH had its highest hitting percentage of the match, hitting .345 for the set.
UH returns to action Monday night when it faces Louisiana Tech at 7 p.m. at the Stan Sheriff Center.