No. 14 Hawai'i Gets Revenge, Sweeps No. 8 UC Irvine
Honolulu, Hawai'i - The No. 14 University of Hawai`i men's volleyball team (9-10, 6-8 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) swept the No. 8 UC Irvine Anteaters (11-12, 7-9 MPSF), 33-31, 30-26, 30-27, in front of 3,044 fans Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The Warriors snapped their four-match losing streak to the Anteaters. UH improved to 27-8 all-time against UCI and avenged a four-game loss on Friday.
UH was led by junior James Clar, who had a team-high 13 kills and seven blocks. Freshman Joshua Walker chipped in with 12 and had nine digs. Senior Jacob Schkud had a season and career high in digs with 15 while also adding six kills and two blocks.
The Warriors and Anteaters battled close throughout the first set and UH prevailed 33-31. UH trailed early on but went on a 7-1 run to pull ahead 11-9. The Anteaters were poised to take the game and led 29-28. However, two kills by Grgas helped erase the UCI lead and UH pulled ahead for good. The Anteaters were plagued by miscues as they totaled nine attack and six service errors.
Every time the Anteaters pulled close to the Warriors, UH had an answer and won game two, 30-26. UH was only up one, 26-25, but a Schkud solo block and a kill by Grgas sealed it for the Warriors.
The third game was nearly identical to the first. UH was in a hole early but stormed back on a 7-1 run to lead 11-7. The Warriors appeared ready to close out the game up 27-21, but the Anteaters still had some fight and pulled within one at 28-27. UH did not let up and a kill by Clar and an UCI error finished off the match.
UH begins a four-match road swing in California, starting Friday, March 21, at 7:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. HST) against USC.
Article courtesy of Hawai'i athletics.