No. 13 Hawai'i Beats Back UC San Diego For First MPSF Win

1/23/2008

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Honolulu, Hawai'i - The 13th-ranked University of Hawai`i Warrior men's volleyball team (2-4, 1-2 Mountain Sports Pacific Federation) defeated the University of California San Diego Tritons (2-4, 1-4 MPSF) in four games, 30-25, 27-30, 30-25, 30-27, Wednesday night.

UH is now 38-0 all-time against UCSD and notched their first victory in league play of the 2008 season.

Freshman Joshua Walker made his first collegiate start against the Tritons and led UH with 16 kills. Senior Jacob Schkud paced the Warriors with 14 kills and hit an impressive .389 for the night. Schkud committed no errors, had eight digs and tallied three service aces.
UCSD's Jason Spangler led all players with 21 kills and recorded 13 digs. The Tritons had three other players with kills in double figures.

The Warriors started off their sixth match of the year strong, beating the Tritons 30-25 in the first game. The Tritons were plagued by errors throughout the game, committing 13 and leading to a low hitting percentage at .050.

UH also had a strong presence on with team blocks and tallied three in the first game. The most crucial team block game at the end part of game one when Keali`i Frank and Nejc Zemljak posted a double block to extend the Warrior lead 24-19, their largest at that point. Their double block forced a Triton timeout and UCSD could not recover.

UCSD roared back in the second game rallying from an early deficit. The Warriors jumped out to a commanding 11-6 lead and looked to put the Tritons down two games to none.

UCSD then went on a 9-6 run and took advantage of two Warrior errors to bring them back within one, 16-15. UH then increased their lead to 20-16 off a Sam Spangler attack error and appeared to stop the Triton comeback. UH's lead did not last long though since two attack errors allowed the Tritons to climb back into the game. One of those errors gave UCSD the edge at 21-20.

Errors hampered the Warriors efforts to close out game two. They committed eight errors and only hit for .119 while UCSD limited their mistakes from game one and had only seven errors in game two. Two attack errors down the stretch let USCD take a 25-23 lead and they did not look back. Gerald Houseman paced the Tritons in the second game and amassed six kills.

The Warriors pulled ahead in the match and won game three 30-25. UH again found themselves with a early lead but had to fight back against the Triton assault. UCSD was up 11-9 after being down 7-3. Coach Mike Wilton then inserted Matthew Rawson and James Clar moments later before the midway point of the game and both players sparked energy in the Warrior lineup. Clar got two quick kills to tie the game at 15. The Tritons then went on a small 3-1 run to try to put down the Warrior momentum.

The Tritons could not keep their lead at 18-16 and the Warriors got a service ace from Walker and two straight kills to give them a 21-19 lead. UH never relented in the third game and Walker got the game point, his fifth of the game.

The Tritons jumped out to a early 3-0 lead in the fourth game. Their early run forced Wilton to call a timeout to regroup his squad. Neither team wanted to give up and the score was tied 10 times throughout the contest.

Clar's kill put UH ahead at 17-16 past the midway point of the game. However, the Tritons came back off a UH double contact error and led 20-18. Clar put down a service ace and UCSD committed a service error to give UH the lead it needed down the stretch at 25-23.

UH finishes their homestand on Friday against UCSD at 7 p.m.

Article courtesy of Hawai'i athletics.

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