Posted with permission, article and pictures, courtesy of University of Hawaii Manoa
HONOLULU—The University of Hawai’i women’s volleyball team (2-4, 0-0 Big West) fell in a heartbreaking five sets to 23rd-ranked UCLA, 25-20, 13-25, 25-23, 23-25, 9-15. In the loss, freshman hitter Caylen Alexander put down career-highs of 18 kills and 11 digs for her first double-double. Junior middle Amber Igiede concluded a strong tournament with her third career double-double notching 11 kills and 10 blocks on Sunday night at the SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center. Hawai’i had a chance to win the match as they led UCLA, 23-18 in the fourth set, but the Bruins mounted an epic rally to score the final seven-straight points to even the match at 2-2.
For Alexander, the rookie from Alpharetta, Ga.. hit .282 (18-7-39) and was in on two blocks while dealing a service ace which was her team-leading seventh of the season.
Junior Braelyn Akana tied her career-high with 11 kills while hitting .304 with four errors in 23 swings. She was in on four blocks and had three digs.