INDIANAPOLIS — Tonya (Tee) Williams made 24 kills, and top-ranked Hawaii defeated Illinois in three games Thursday night to advance to the final of the seventh annual NCAA women's volleyball tournament against Stanford.
Hawaii was forced to rally in each game, but the Rainbow Wahines responded to defeat the Illini, 19-17, 15-13, 15-11.
No. 3 Stanford scored an 11-15, 15-12, 8-15, 15-6, 15-5 victory over Texas in the first semifinal to reach Saturday's final at Market Square Arena.
Hawaii (36-2) will return to the final for the first time since 1983, when it won its second title. Stanford (29-6) is in the Final Four for a sixth straight year, seeking its first title. The Cardinal was second in 1984 and 1985, third in 1983 and 1986 and fourth in 1982.
Illinois, led by NCAA hitting percentage leader Mary Eggers, took a 14-8 lead in the first game, but Williams and Suzanne Eagye led the Hawaii comeback.