The CSUN women’s volleyball team lost to No. 15 Hawai’i in three straight sets (25-9, 25-14, 25-16), Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Hawai’i spared no time as they pushed for an 11-4 lead in the first set. The Matadors contributed to Hawai’i’s success with over passes that stretched that led to 18-6. Another Matador hitting error handed the set over to the Rainbow Warriors with the score of 25-9.
The Matadors stayed at close range (8-7) in the following set with help from setter Lauren Conati. The Rainbow Warriors pushed through and extended their lead (24-13), shutting down any chances of CSUN making a comeback. Hawai’i took the set winning 25-14.
Outside hitter Aeryn Owens gave CSUN a 5-3 lead in the final set. The Matadors tied 7-7 after another Owens kill, but the Rainbow Warriors pulled together and took the final set with the score of 25-16.
Owens led CSUN with 10 kills to Hawai’i’s Annie Mitchem’s match-high of 12 kills. The Matadors fell short overall with a team hitting of .118(29-18-93) to the Rainbow Warriors .471(46-6-85).
The Matadors will travel to Cal State Fullerton for their next match on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.