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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 9:33 p.m., Saturday, October 22, 2005

Rainbow Wahine sweep San Jose State

By Ann Miller
Advertiser Staff Writer

With a balance as impressive as it was necessary, 11th-ranked Hawai'i swept past San Jose State, 30-27, 30-22, 30-24, tonight. The WAC volleyball match was watched by a Stan Sheriff Center crowd of 5,646.

Kanoe Kamana'o, the Rainbow Wahine's All-American setter, had seven hitters with at least 10 swings. UH was led by Juliana Sanders, with13 kills. Susie Boogaard added 10.

The 'Bows (15-6, 9-0) have won their last nine matches and 21 games. They have won 115 straight against WAC opponents. Their streak of regular-season conference victories hit 100 last night — longest in the country.

UH has also won its last 26 against the Spartans (9-11, 4-4), who were led by Jennifer Senftleben and Colleen Burke, with 10 kills each.

Hawai'i played so well early that it gave San Jose four of its first five points and still broke to a 10-5 advantage. But, after forcing SJSU to call both its timeouts in the first 14 minutes, Hawai'i let San Jose back in.

Senftleben blasted five kills without an error and the UH hitters sprayed 10 balls out of play — five from Tara Hittle, and most after the UH passers could not get the ball to the net.

The Spartans caught the 'Bows at 26 with a 7-2 surge. After a timeout Alicia Arnott — in for Hittle — had a kill and an ace to jump-start a closing rush that ultimately ended with Hawai'i's fourth stuff of the game.

It took the Rainbows a few serves to get going in Game 2, but once they did it was over. Sarah Mason's kill got Kamana'o the serve at 2-3. When Kamana'o was done, it was 11-3 and SJSU would not threaten again.

Mason had two kills and as many blocks during the run, which was highlighted by the defense of Ashley Watanabe, who finished with 24 kills. On Mason's second stuff, she landed on the opponent's foot and was helped off the court after "tweaking" the right ankle she sprained in the first match of the season.

She went out with eight kills in 11 swings and would have been able to return if needed. She wasn't.

Arnott — a first-team all-WAC selection last season — took her place and freshman Jamie Houston collected five kills as a front-row replacement for Hittle in the second game. Jessica Keefe, another freshman, joined Houston in the final game.

Victoria Prince, who missed Thursday's match with stomach flu, played the first two games last night and contributed eight kills in 15 swings. Kari Gregory replaced her in the final game and collected three blocks.