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HONOLULU – Marquette University women's volleyball team achieved a sweep of 26-24, 27-25, 25-21 over the University of Hawaii Saturday night at the SimpliFi Arena in their second game of the Rainbow Wahine Classic.
Hannah Vanden Berg led the Golden Eagles (2-0) with 12 kills at .391 batting, while graduate students Taylor Wolf and Savannah Rennie recorded 11 and 10 deaths, respectively. Wolf and Rennie each hit over .400 in the game and MU combined to hit .303 (48-15-109).
The Rainbow Wahine (1-1), who were limited to .183 hits (41 -20-115), were led by 14 shots from Brooke Van Sickle.
Marquette had to fight off a Hawaii set point at 24-23 in the first set, but was left with a 26-24 win. in a death of Ellie Koontz . The Rainbow Wahine posted a lock bug and attack bug after gaining the upper hand, to give MU a chance to close the frame. Koontz was one of five MU players on the set with three spikes and combined with Rennie in a block to give MU their first lead of the set, 11-10.
The Golden Eagles needed extra points again in the second. set to pull off a 27-25 win for a 2-0 lead at halftime. Hawaii rallied to tie the stanza at every point from 22-25 before Vanden Berg closed the set with consecutive kills.
Marquette led by as much as 10 points in the third set, but had to hold out for the 25-21 win. A pair of four-point runs by UH put the set within three points at 21-18.
The Golden Eagles claimed the only previous meeting in program history against Rainbow Wahine, a five-set victory on August 25, 2017 at the Stan Sheriff Center. Hope Werch then a Golden Eagles freshman, recorded 12 kills, five digs, and three crashes in her NCAA debut.
Marquette resumes action at the Rainbow Wahine Classic at 4:45 p.m. Central Time Sunday (11:45 a.m. Hawaii) vs. Fairfield. The meeting will be the first between the two programs.
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