No. 5 UCLA Bounces Back, Defeats No. 15 Hawai'i


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Honolulu, Hawai'i - The fifth-ranked UCLA men's volleyball team avenged last night's five-game setback with a convincing sweep of Hawai'i Friday night in Honolulu.

The Bruins won 30-28, 30-24, 30-26 in 98 minutes in front of 2,925 spectators at the Stan Sheriff Center. UCLA raised its overall record to 10-5, and improved to 7-4 in league play. Hawai'i fell to 4-7 overall and 3-5 in conference play. The victory marked UCLA's fifth against UH in the last six matches.

On Friday, the Bruins managed to limit their service errors which helped against a Warriors' team that was out-hit by 12 kills and managed to convert just 14.6% of its attempts. The same situation occurred on Thursday, but the Bruins' 33 service errors in five games proved to be too much to overcome. On the offensive end, UCLA hit .308 and recorded 12.0 blocks.

Three players recorded double-digit kills for the Bruins, led by fourth-year junior D.J. Stromath, who slammed 12 kills (.400), served an ace and added three total blocks for 14.5 points. Junior Jamie Diefenbach recorded a hitting line of 11-0-15 (.733) with an ace, seven total blocks and 15.5 points. Junior Sean O'Malley added 10 kills and a pair of block assists. In his first start Darwin Edwards recorded nine kills and three block assists for 10.5 points. In his second start for the injured Tony Ker, freshman Thomas Hastings recorded 10 digs, exceeding his career-high from the previous night.

Jim Clar and Jacob Schkud led the Warriors with 10 kills apiece.

The Bruins return to the mainland for road matches next week against UC Santa Barbara and CS Northridge.

Article courtesy of UCLA athletics.

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