PALO ALTO, CA (HawaiiNewsNow) - The season ended Thursday for the University of Hawai'i men's volleyball team. The fourth ranked Warriors lost to top-ranked Stanford, 30-24, 30-28, 33-31, in the semifinals of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship Tournament at Maples Pavilion.
The Warriors end their season at 19-10 under first-year head coach Charlie Wade. Stanford (21-6) advances to the MPSF Championship match where they will face third-seeded Cal State Northridge, who were 3-2 winners over BYU in the night's first semifinal.
The Cardinal jumped out to a 15-10 lead in the first set. Stanford held its largest lead at 24-17 after an ace by Punahou graduate Spencer McLachlin. UH closed to within 28-24 before the Cardinal finished off the set 30-24. Stanford hit .531 in the game compared to .156 for Hawai'i.
In the second set Stanford led 6-2 after the Warriors committed three errors in their first nine swings. UH rallied back and a kill by Jonas Umlauft gave the Warriors a 26-25 lead. But Stanford surged ahead 28-26 by blocking Umlauft and getting an ace by Evan Romero. UH answered and tied it at 28 with a kill by Joshua Walker but after a Stanford side-out, a controversial net call on a Rawson kill attempt which would have tied it at 29, gave the Cardinal the 30-28 victory.
The Cardinal got out to a quick 9-3 lead in the third set, but the Warriors jumped ahead 23-21 with a big block on Gus Ellis and traded side-outs until Hunt's kill gave the Warriors a 29-27 lead.
Hawaii had four serves to close out the Cardinal in the third set, but each time Stanford won the point. The Cardinal eventually won set number three 33-31 when a kill attempt by Umlauft hit the left antenna.
Umlauft, who earlier in the day was named AVCA First Team All-American, led U.H. with 16 kills. Walker had 15 kills. Steven hunt contributed 13 kills and hit for an impressive .545 hitting percentage.
"You know, give the guys credit. We battled back and got in position to win both games two and three, so, yea, we had our chances," Wade said after the match.
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