Posted with permission, article and pictures, courtesy of University of Hawaii Manoa
COLLEGE STATION, Texas—The University of Hawai’i women’s volleyball team (0-2, 0-0 Big West) fell to the sixth-ranked Pittsburgh Panthers (1-1, 0-0 ACC), 25-17, 25-16, 25-21 on Day 2 of the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station, Texas. Hawai’i’s middle blockers led UH’s offensive attack as Tiffany Westerberg put down a team-high nine kills with two blocks and Amber Igiede buried seven kills with no errors in 17 swings for a team-best .412 hitting percentage plus two blocks, two digs and a service ace.
Riley Wagoner posted a team-high 11 digs for her first double-digit dig match of the season. Setters Kate Lang and Mylana Byrd issued 24 and four assists respectively while five different Rainbow Wahine recorded a service ace each.
Hawai’i tried to make in-game adjustments, shuffling things around starting in the second set, searched for a combination that could gain some traction. Chandler Cowell, Annika de Goede and Byrd all made their season debuts for the Green and White. All of the eight UH hitters who made the trip to the “Lone Star State” recorded at least one kill in the match, but overall UH’s offense struggled against Pitt’s tall front line, getting out-blocked 12.0-to-4.0.