By Tiff Wells
In 2015, 2nd ranked and then undefeated Florida came to the Stan Sheriff Center as part of the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Volleyball Challenge. Two of the legendary coaches in the game, Mary Wise of Florida, Dave Shoji for UH. All-Americans all over the taraflex and for the 7400+ in attendance, they were treated to some Manoa Magic. Down in the match by a set on 2 separate occasions, UH rode the powerful right arm of Nikki Taylor. Add to that some strong play by reserves Kendra Koelsch and Emily Maglio, 16th ranked Hawaii would force a 5th and decisive set. A then career high of 27 kills by Taylor, a then career high 19 digs by sophomore libero Savanah Kahakai. Tai-Manu Olevao added 16 kills and Kalei Greeley recorded the double-double, 11 kills and 10 digs. UH won 15-9 in the 5th set and it was at the time, UH’s 1st win over a top 5 opponent since the 2013 season opener.