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UH-Hilo/UH-Manoa glance, Nov. 8

Home games in caps

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UH-Hilo

VOLLEYBALL

Wednesday

UHH 3, Fresno Pacific 1

Friday

at Hawaii Pacific, 7 p.m.

Saturday

at Chaminade, 7 p.m.

UH-Manoa

FOOTBALL

Nov. 3

Utah State 56, UH 17

Nov. 17

vs. UNLV, 6 p.m.

TV: Pay-per-view

Mountain West standings

Overall Conf.

Utah State 5-0 8-1

Boise State 4-1 7-2

Colorado State 2-3 3-6

Wyoming 2-4 4-6

Air Force 1-4 3-6

New Mexico 1-4 3-6

Mountain

Fresno State 5-0 8-1

San Diego State 4-1 7-2

Nevada 3-2 5-4

Hawaii 3-3 6-5

San Jose State 1-4 1-8

UNLV 0-5 2-7

VOLLEYBALL

Tuesday

Pepperdine def. UH, 25-19, 20-25, 25-22, 18-25, 15-6

The skinny: For the second time in four matches, Hawaii squandered a huge lead in failing to close out a set after being poised to take Set 3 against Pepperdine, ahead 22-17. Five aces from Heidi Dyer helped the Waves go on an 8-0 roll.

The nonconference defeat may have popped Hawaii’s on-the-bubble NCAA tournament bid hopes. The Wahine finish the Big West season at home next week with matches against UC Irvine on Thursday and UC Davis on Friday, victories that would have them finish second for a second consecutive season.

It still might not be enough to extend the season.

“We can’t think about that,” Hawaii coach Robyn Ah Mow-Santos said in a postmatch phone call. “Whatever happens, happens. It’s what they (the NCAA selection committee) decide. We’ll just keep playing and play hard, have pride.

“Tonight … that’s been our year. Up, down, up, down. That’s my team. We don’t give up, but if they follow the game plan from the beginning, do their jobs from the beginning, we’re not playing catch-up.”

– Tribune News Service

BASKETBALL

Men

Outrigger Resorts

Rainbow Classic Schedule

Friday

Humb. St. vs. N.Texas, 4:30 p.m.

Hawaii vs. Portland, 7 p.m.

TV: Spectrum Sports

Saturday

N.Texas vs. Portland, 4:30 p.m.

Hawaii vs. Humboldt St., 7 p.m.

TV: Spectrum Sports

Sunday

Hawaii vs. North Texas, 6 p.m.

TV: Spectrum Sports

The skinny: UH has a bevy of guards returning, highlighted

by starters Drew Buggs (Set UH single-season freshman record for steals, 46), Sheriff Drammeh (Big West Best Hustle Player; team’s leading returning scorer) and Brocke Stepteau (3rd best single-season 3FG percent, .444, in school history)

Women

Tuesday

Pepperdine 65, UH 64

The skinny: A storybook start to the season was within reach for Hawaii. Instead, Pepperdine stole the copyright in the final seconds with a tough 3-pointer at the Stan Sheriff Center

Kenna Woodfolk’s free throws made it 64-62 UH with a minute and change left. But she missed a layup the next trip down for a chance to build the lead.

After a timeout, Paige Fecske (game-high 22 points) went baseline and around a screen and hit a difficult curling 3 for a 65-64 lead with 10 seconds left. .

UH called timeout and advanced the ball with 9.8 seconds left. Savannah Reier was short on a leaning mid-range jumper with a few seconds left and the Wahine couldn’t get the rebound. UH committed 21 turnovers.

Woodfolk, a junior forward, led UH with 18 points on 5-for-11 shooting and junior guard Courtney Middap had a career-high 14. Point guard Tia Kanoa had 11 on 4-for-5 shooting.

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Quotable: “Tonight didn’t come down to the final play,” coach Laura Beeman said. “We gave up too many offensive rebounds and had too many turºnovers. Even though we had those mistakes, we are in a really good position. This team is filled with fighters; we are going to be fine.”

– Tribune News Service