RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The No. 6 University of Hawai’i men’s volleyball team shut down Cal Baptist, 26-24, 25-16, 25-23, Friday night at the Van Dyne Gym. After sweeping both nights in three sets, UH improves to a 9-3, 6-2 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Record.
Making his third start in a row, senior Scott Hartley led the team with 12 kills to tie his career-high. Hartley also contributed two aces, two blocks, and two digs. Additionally, Brook Sedore recorded nine kills for UH, adding three blocks and four digs while libero Kolby Kanetake tallied 10 digs.
On the Lancers’ end, Roy Powell led CBU (3-11, 1-10 MPSF) with nine kills and two blocks.
The Rainbow Warriors had a rocky start in Set 1, giving away over half of CBU’s points committing seven service errors and seven hitting errors. Following a 5-1 run by the Lancers, UH fell behind 14-11 by the halfway point. However, the ‘Bows immediately pulled off a 7-3 run, with Taylor Averill‘s (six kills, five blocks) back-to-back kills pulling UH ahead 19-17. The Lancers held on until set-point, tying it 24-24, but the ‘Bows quickly ended it scoring two-points in a row.
Still regaining their footing from the first set, the ‘Bows trailed at the start of Set 2. However, sophomore Kupono Fey(five kills, three blocks) ignited a 9-2 run with a solo-block and a service ace, UH running away with a commanding 19-13 lead over the Lancers. CBU attempted to make a comeback with two unanswered points, but were quickly silenced as the ‘Bows rode a 6-1 run all the way to the end, 25-16.
Following three-points in a row by CBU, the score was tied 14-14 midway through Set 3. The Rainbow Warriors pulled away with four unanswered points for an 18-14 lead, but the Lancers stayed on their trail with 9-5 run to tie it in the final stretch 23-23. However, with a final kill by Sedore and a double-block by Hartley and Averill, the ‘Bows sealed the set 25-23 for the sweep.
UH returns home for another pair of conference matches against CS Northridge, Feb. 20 and Feb. 22 at the Stan Sheriff Center.