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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 8:39 p.m., Monday, September 3, 2007

UCLA rolls over UH in volleyball final

By Ann Miller
Advertiser Staff Writer

Beyond anything else in tonight's warp-speed Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic final this much was clear: Fifth-ranked UCLA is a bunch better than 16th-ranked Hawai'i.

The Bruins (4-1) won their eighth Classic championship, and second straight, before a Stan Sheriff Center crowd of 5,693. The 31-29, 30-18, 30-16 scores clearly illustrate UCLA's transformation from vulnerable to vaunted over the course of the 96-minute match. It also painted a vivid picture of a Hawai'i (3-3) team with many flaws.

For the second straight week, the Rainbow Wahine did not have the heart to stay in a match against a team from the big, bad Pac-10. The only difference was, last week it was one of the conference's worst (Oregon State) and UCLA is one of its best (picked third this year behind second-ranked Stanford and fourth-ranked USC).

"We've got to turn around an attitude," UH coach Dave Shoji said. "It turned out to be a tactical mismatch. We couldn't stay with them. But we had no fight after Game 1, no desire. They took all the desire out of us. That shouldn't happen."