By Lance Tominaga, ESPN Honolulu Web Editor.
The University of Hawaii women’s volleyball team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament this afternoon, outlasting Mississippi State in a five-set thriller, 17-25, 25-14, 25-13, 21-25 and 15-11.
Freshman OH Martyna Leoniak drilled a right-side kill off a Kate Lang set to finish off the resilient Bulldogs, who were making their first NCAA Tournament appearance. Sophomore MB Amber Igiede led the Rainbow Wahine with 18 kills (.500) and five blocks. Senior OH Brooke Van Sickle contributed 16 kills and a team-high 14 digs, while senior MB Skyler Williams added 12 kills and six blocks.
The Rainbow Wahine had a hitting percentage of .289 for the match, compared to Mississippi State’s .190. Hawaii also out blocked the Bulldogs, 13-5.
Hawaii will next play the winner of Washington vs Brown tomorrow afternoon at 5:00 p.m. HST. The Huskies, the No. 15 seed in the tournament, have the home advantage, as the subregional is being held at Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle.
ESPN Honolulu (92.7 FM/1420 AM) will bring you tomorrow’s match. Tiff Wells, the voice of UH volleyball, will bring you the action starting with the 4:45 p.m. pregame show.