Tigers Drop 3-1 Decision at No. 12 Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawaii – The Tigers rallied from a 2-0 deficit to force a fourth set against No. 12 Hawaii, but the Rainbow Wahine handed the Pacific women's volleyball team a 3-1 defeat at the Verizon Volleyball Challenge Friday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
In front of a crowd of 6,376 the Tigers fell behind two sets to none by scores of 25-17 each time. Out of intermission, Pacific responded, hitting .341 in set three and holding the Rainbow Wahine to a .122 attack percentage. But in set four, Hawaii closed out Pacific, 25-15, by hitting .423 and holding the Tigers to a .119 percentage.
Senior Samantha Misa led the Tigers with 17 kills, hitting .318 for the match with nine digs. Sophomore outside Megan Birch added 11 kills, while sophomore middle Jennifer Sanders added 10 to follow up on Thursday's 12-kill performance against Cincinnati.
Hawaii improves to 7-1 on the year, 5-0 at home and 2-0 in the tournament. The match was the final meeting between the Tigers and Rainbow Wahine before Hawaii joins the Big West Conference next season. The result sets up a winner-take-all match for the tournament championship between Hawaii and Cincinnati, with the Tigers meeting Rice in a de facto third-place match.