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Hawaii senior opposite Nikki Taylor put down 28 kills, but it was not enough as Long Beach State turned back the 12th-ranked Rainbow Wahine in a Big West volleyball match tonight, 25-17, 23-25, 25-16, 21-25, 15-13, in Long Beach, Calif.
The victory gave the 49ers (12-7, 6-0) the sole lead in the conference as they snapped Hawaii’s Big West winning streak at 26. It also was the first conference road loss for the Rainbow Wahine (12-5, 5-1) in 15 matches dating back to a five-set loss to the host 49ers in 2014.
Taylor finished with 19 digs for her fifth double-double of the season. She passed Jessica Sudduth for 14th on the UH career list at 1,230.
Hawaii had leads of 8-6, 11-9 and 12-11 in Set 5 but couldn’t close, losing in five for the second time this season. The Wahine also lost 3-2 to Washington at home on Sept. 11.
Senior middle Annie Mitchem and sophomore hitter McKenna Granato each had 10 kills, with Granato adding 17 digs for a double-double. Junior libero Savanah Kahakai had 14 digs.
Long Beach State was led by senior hitter Nele Barber (20 kills) and sophomore hitter Anete Brinke (12 kills, 23 digs). Freshman libero Hailey Harward had a career-high 27 digs.
Hawaii had a season-high 15.5 blocks. Long Beach State won the dig war 95-88.