UH-Hilo sweeps UMass Boston in a weekend of volleyball

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Photography by Rick Ogata | Special to Hawaii 24/7


The University of Hawaii at Hilo defeated the University of Massachusetts Boston 3-0 in the UHH gym Friday (Sept 2).

Scores were 25-20, 25-21 and 25-18. The Vulcans improved to 3-0 while the Beacons dropped their season opener.

Hillary Hurley led the Vulcans with 12 kills on 25 attempts with two errors for a .400 attack percentage. As a team, the Vulcans collected 39 kills on 95 attempts with 13 errors for a .274 attack percentage.

UHH Head Coach Tino Reyes was able to get 10 girls into the line-up.

“We’re seeing progress,” said Reyes. “It’s slow but it’s coming. We ask for only one or two percent from everybody to get better. That adds up at the end of the week, end of the month.”

The University of Hawaii at Hilo struggled early but settled in for a 3-1 win over the University of Massachusetts Boston in the UHH gymnasium Saturday (Sept 3).

The 26-28, 25-22, 25-19, 25-21 win improves the Vulcans record to 4-0 while the Beacons leave the Big Island at 0-2.

The Vulcans hit just .114 (13 kills, 44 attempts, 13 errors) in the first set. The rose to .250 (17-48-5) in set two and dropped back down to .182 (11-33-5) in set three. The team found their form in set four with a .308 attack percentage (15-39-3).

“The girls persisted and turned around the games,” said UHH Head Coach Tino Reyes. “We’ve got to give some credit to UMASS, they played a lot better than yesterday and we didn’t play a good as we could.

“That made it much tighter game than we’d like.”

Rachel Thornquist provided a solid match with a .435 attack percentage with 12 kills on 23 attempts with two errors. She also picked up a pair of block assists and three digs.

Hillary Hurley led the squad with 23 kills on 65 attempts with seven errors and added 18 digs.

Kirsten Sparnaaij had 10 kills, 10 digs and a block assists.

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