By Cindy Luis
our breaking news story
Senior All-American hitter Emily Hartong put down 14 kills to lead No. 6 Hawaii to its 12th straight victory Friday night, sweeping Long Beach State 25-11, 25-21, 25-16 in a Big West volleyball match in Long Beach Calif.
Freshman hitter Nikki Taylor added 11 kills and sophomore hitter Tai Manu-Olevao added 10 for the Rainbow Wahine (14-1, 3-0) at the Walter Pyramid. Hartong picked up her seventh double-double of the season when adding 11 digs against the 49ers (8-8, 1-2) in the 89-minute win.
Hawaii out-blocked The Beach 11-8 with junior middle Kalei Adolpho in on six. The Wahine also won the dig battle 33-29, led by senior libero Ali Longo's match-high 12 digs.
Junior middle Chisom Okpala led the 49ers with nine kills and junior libero Taylor Jackson finished with 10 digs.
Hawaii travels to UC Irvine Saturday. The Wahine hold a 29-0 advantage over the Anteaters.