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Tribune-Herald

Dave Shoji didn’t have to sweat much to get win No. 1,100.

Jane Croson and Emily Hartong each smacked 12 kills as the No. 7 University of Hawaii cruised past Cal Davis 25-17, 25-23, 25-17 on the road Saturday to give their veteran volleyball coach a milestone victory.

The Rainbow Wahine (24-2, 16-0 Big West) have shown a penchant for falling behind this season, but with the exception of a second-set uprising by the Tigers (16-14, 10-7), UH carried play en route to its NCAA-best 71st consecutive regular-season conference win.

Making her first career start for Hawaii, sophomore middle blocker Stephanie Hagins hit a team season-high .857 with six kills on seven swings. Freshman middle blocker Jade Vorster (.446) added eight kills as UH hit .324. Setter Mita Uiato contributed 34 assists and a season-high six block assists.

Hartong, who added 15 digs in her seventh double-double of the season, closed out the second set with consecutive kills, ensuring that Hawaii will head home this week with a chance to finish out a perfect first season in the Big West. The ‘Bows host Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday and Cal Riverside on Friday before turning their attention to the NCAA tournament.

Devon Damelio had a match-high 13 kills and Caroline Mercado posted 15 digs for Cal-Davis, which hit. 170.

 

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