UC Santa Barbara sweeps Hawai’i 3-0

Senior middle Rowan Ennis put down 11 kills and UC Santa Barbara snapped Hawai’i’s Big West conference winning streak at 19 when handing the Rainbow Wahine their first conference loss of the season, 25-16, 25-16, 25-23.

The Gauchos (13-9, 9-1) won the block war 11-3 and had a 52-45 edge in dig with sophomore libero Macall Peed with 23. Michelle Ohwobete added 10 kills and had all four of UCSB’s aces.

A soldout crowd of 1,000 at the ThunderDome watched for 87 minutes as the Gauchos defeated the Wahine in Isla Vista for the first time since 1993. UCSB takes a half-game lead over Hawai’i  (11-6, 8-1) in standings.

The Wahine are at CSUN (4-15, 3-6) on Saturday to close out their fifth road trip.

Senior hitter Brooke Van Sickle led Hawai’i with 11 kills and sophomore middle Amber Igiede had 10. Freshman libero Tayli Ikenaga finished with 10 digs.

It was the third time Hawai’i had been swept this season, the first since the 3-0 loss to San Diego on Sept. 3 in Salt Lake City, Utah



Set 3: UCSB wins 25-23

5:31: Gauchos up 23-22. TO UH.

5:27: Gauchos with three players with 10 kills, lead 21-20. TO UH

5:19: Gauchos with their 11th block, stuff Wagoner, take a 15-14 lead at the TTO. Set has been tied 12 times. Wahine at one point led 10-7.

5:06: Hawai’i flips its lineup, starting Igiede in the front with Williams out. Williams does replace Kiraly at MB

Set 2: Same score. UCSB wins 25-16

5:00: Gauchos had one hitting error in Set 2. It had been 19-15. UCSB finishes it out 6-1. Leoniak hits wide to end it, the Wahine’s ninth hitting error. Gauchos 8-1 edge in blocks.

4:56: UCSB with its 8th blocked. It’s 22-15. TO UH

4:55: UCSB up 19-15. Kiraly in for Williams. Now 21-15.

4:53: Lang wins the joust, Wahine have closed to 18-14. TO UCSB

4:48: No challenge review system. Seems like delay tactics by UCSB when continuing to argue there was no touch by their block. UH finally scores three in a row. Wahine close to 16-11, last three kills by Wagoner.

4:39: Gauchos again rolling. It’s 9-3 after a 6-1 run that saw Igiede blocks, Leoniak hit into the net then serve long, and Lang’s dump shot goes wide. TO UH

4:35: Leoniak replaces Akana on the right.

UCSB hits .394 with 19 digs and 5 blocks. UH hits .100, 1 block, 14 digs.

Set 1: UCSB wins 25-16

4:30:  Igiede blocked on UCSB’s second set point to end it. Gauchos with 5 blocks, Wahine with 1.

4:26: Akana hits wide. It’s 23-14. TO UH. Wahine with just one block, Gauchos have 4.

4:22: Gauchos hitting .423, leading 19-12. TO UH

4:19: Live stats working. At the TTO, UCSB hitting .381. siding out at 90 percent. UH hitting .087

4:18: At the TTO, Gauchos up 15-9

Live stats not working. Hawai’i led 2-1. UCSB went on a 5-0 run and has led ever since. Gauchos with three blocks.

Wahine starting the same lineup: MB Williams, Igiede; OH Van Sickle, Wagoner, L Ikenaga; S Lang; Opp Akana

Today’s attendance was limited to 1,000. All tickets have been sold. ThunderDome seats about 6,000

Hawai’i has won 19 consecutive Big West matches, dating back to 2019, and nine consecutive road matches. The Wahine have won their last 10 matches in Isla Vista. Gauchos have won their last five at home.

Friday, 4 p.m. HST

Hawai’i (11-5, 8-0) at UC Santa Barbara (12-9, 8-1)

Series: Hawai’i leads, 43-9

Last loss at UCSB: 1993

Radio: 1500-AM http://player.listenlive.co/27961

Live stream: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/ucsb/full.htm?eventId=665263&streamType=video

Live stats: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=362940

Social: @HawaiiWVB

NOTE: Live stream provided by UCSB.com Former SandBow All-American Katie Spieler the color analyst

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Top 25

No. 1 Texas (A) def. Iowa State, 25-18, 25-22, 25-22

No. 2 Louisville (H) def. Virginia, 25-15, 25-13, 25-16

No. 3 Wisconsin hosts No. 6 Ohio State

No. 4 Pittsburgh (A) def. Notre Dame, 25-18, 20-25, 25-21, 19-25, 15-10

No. 5 Kentucky hosts Arkansas

No. 8 BYU (H) def. No. 21 San Diego, @%-17, 25-13, 25-13

No. 10 Washington hosts Cal

No. 11 Baylor (A) def. West Virginia, 26-24, 25-20, 25-22

No. 13 Georgia Tech (A) def. Syracuse, 23-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-19

No. 14 Penn State (A) def. No. 12 Minnesota, 25-18, 27-25, 25-22

No. 15 Stanford at Washington

No. 16 Oregon at No. 17 UCLA

Arizona State (A) def. No. 18 Utah (H), 25-23, 25-23, 25-27, 28-26

No. 19 Western Kentucky (A) def. Florida Atlantic, 25-18, 25-15, 25-17

No. 24 Creighton (H) def.Georgetown, 25-14, 25-17, 25-16


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