Becky Potter led the way for the Broncos with her 12 kills while Cassie Perret chipped in eight kills and a team-high nine digs. Kelli Sousa posted 37 assists to go along with five digs and a kill.
Kim Willoughby led the way for Hawai`i with 19 kills and nine digs, while hitting .371. Lily Kahumoku added 16 kills, three aces and a .406 hitting percentage, while Lauren Duggins had 10 kills and six blocks with a .474 hitting percentage. Nohea Tano came up big on defense, putting up 11 digs and three blocks while Kanoe Kamana`o had 50 assists, five digs and two blocks.
The first game started out close as neither team took a lead of more than two points early on. Willoughby's fifth kill of the game would put UH up 15-14 at the media timeout to start out a 4-1 run that would give the Rainbow Wahine a 18-15 lead. Hawai`i would then go on to run off a few more points, capped by a Gustin kill on an overpasss, putting the Rainbow Wahine up 22-17 to force SCU head coach Jon Wallace to take a quick timeout. But the Broncos would respond with a big four-point run, cutting the deficit to 23-22. The teams would trade points before a late 6-2 run gave UH game one, 30-25.
Santa Clara jumped out to an early 2-0 lead to start game two. But UH would respond big at 10-9, scoring five straight points to take a 15-9 lead into the media timeout. Hawai`i would keep the difference at around five points, taking game point at 29-24. But SCU would fight back, rolling off three straight points to cut the deficit to 29-27 and force UH coach Dave Shoji to take a timeout. But Willoughby wouldn't allow it, smacking her 12th kill of the match, giving the Rainbow Wahine the 30-27 win in game two.
The Broncos would again take an early lead in game three at 6-3. But Kahumoku would put away a ball after a long rally to ignite a 6-1 run that put Hawai`i up 9-7. The Rainbow Wahine would continue to roll, taking leads of 19-12 and 22-14, forcing another Shoji timeout. Kahumoku would keep her tough serve going after the break, extending their lead to 25-14 before SCU score again. UH hold it at 26-15 before Santa Clara started to mount a comeback, reeling off six straight points to cut the deficit to 26-21. But that was as close as the Broncos would get as Willoughby's 19th kill would put the match away, as the Rainbow Wahine would take game three, 30-22.
All five of the losses for the Broncos this season have come to teams currently ranked in the top-25 of the USA Today/AVCA Coaches' Poll.