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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 8:52 p.m., Saturday, September 9, 2006

Stanford sweeps past Rainbow Wahine

By Ann Miller
Advertiser Staff Writer

Stanford found the Waikiki Beach Marriott Volleyball Challenge and ninth-ranked Hawai'i anything but a challenge this weekend. The eighth-ranked Cardinal destroyed the Rainbow Wahine, 30-10, 30-22, 30-24, in Saturday night's championship.

A Stan Sheriff Center crowd of 6,563 watched in awe and utter frustration as Stanford (6-1) gave Hawai'i (5-3) its worst beating since rally scoring began in 2001. The 'Bows had never scored less than 16 points in a game before Saturday night, or 68 points in a match.

Its worst previous loss came in the 2001 season-opener when rally scoring debuted and the 'Bows got bashed by Nebraska.

Stanford made that look close. Cardinal sophomore Cynthia Barboza was the best player on the floor by a bunch, and looked like the best player on the planet in the first game when she went 8-for-10 and blasted three aces.

Whatever inspiration Hawai'i got from All-American Kanoe Kamana'o starting — for the first time since last week because of an injury the school will not detail — was crushed when Stanford aced the first point and ripped to a 15-3 advantage.

There would be lots more of that as the Cardinal served Hawai'i silly while Barboza (15 kills) buried balls all over the court and 6-foot-3 Foluke Akinradewo (13) dinked UH to death. Jamie Houston and Sarah Mason had 10 kills apiece to lead UH, which hit .110 in the match.

When Game 1 was over, 19 minutes after it started, the Rainbow Wahine actually heard a few boos. It got only marginally better for the 'Bows in the final two games. Stanford was so superior that UH tried for too much and compounded its errors in the process.

Hawai'i never led and Stanford called just two timeouts. It led by six both times.