#10 Rainbow Warriors fall in five at 6th ranked Stanford

Brook Sedore // Hawai'i Athletics

STANFORD, Calif. – The University of Hawai’i men’s volleyball team rallied from a two-set deficit but fell in five sets to Stanford, Saturday in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rematch at Maples Pavilion. Set scores were 25-23, 25-13, 17-25, 21-25, 15-7.

The Rainbow Warriors (11-10, 9-9 MPSF) dropped their fourth consecutive match and sixth in their last eight matches and now begins a two-match series at Pacific on Monday.

Brook Sedore led the way once again with a season-high 25 kills.

In Set 1, the Warriors took a 20-16 lead despite six service errors. The Cardinal then used an 8-1 run, ignited by back-to-back hitting errors by Sinisa Zarkovic, for a 24-22 lead. Two plays later, Eric Mochalski’s kill gave Stanford the early lead in the match.

UH got off to a horrendous start in Set 2, as the Cardinal scored the first six points of the frame. It wouldn’t get any better as Stanford led 15-3 at the media timeout and cruised to a 25-13 victory. The Cardinal hit .542 in the set compared to UH’s .087.

The ‘Bows finally got it going and rallied with wins in sets three and four to send the match to a decisive fifth set. UH dominated the third set as Sedore drilled four straight kills to push the ‘Bows ahead 11-7. The lead swelled to 19-13 on another Sedore kill as the ‘Bows cruised to the win.

After trading service errors early in the fourth set, back-to-back kills by Sedore helped UH build a 10-8 lead. Stanford evened the score but the ‘Bows assumed control again with a 4-0 run midway through the set.

Hawai’i made a valiant attempt at a comeback win, but Stanford got up early in set five and held on for the win.

*Courtesy of Hawai’i Athletics*

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