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UH Men's Volleyball Falls At No. 4 USC

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (HawaiiNewsNow) – The University of Hawaii took No. 4 USC to the limit but eventually fell 15-8 in the fifth and deciding set in the second of two Mountain Pacific Sports Federation matches at the Galen Center. Set scores were 25-17, 24-26, 25-22, 16-25, and 15-8.

With the loss, the Warriors (6-11, 3-9 MPSF) dropped their sixth consecutive match and third straight series against a top-level conference foe. However, UH got a moral victory by snapping a 16-set losing streak dating back to Feb. 10.

In the fifth set, UH committed three costly hitting errors during a six-point USC run that gave the Trojans an insurmountable 7-2 advantage. The Warriors got within 14-10 but Steven Hunt hit into a big USC block to end the match.

Hunt led the Warriors with 20 kills but hit .200 and had three digs and four blocks. JP Marks added 12 kills and two service aces while middle blocker Nick West recorded 10 kills and six blocks.

Tony Ciarelli led the Trojans (11-4, 9-4) with a match-high 21 kills while Maddison McKibbin added 10 kills.

The Warriors have not won since sweeping a two-match series at Pacific one month ago while their six-match losing streak is the longest since 2009. UH won its first set in five matches by taking the second game 26-24 as Marks pounded four kills during a 5-1 spurt that tied the match at one set a piece.

Ciarelli's two kills late in Set 3 spurred the Trojans to victory but the Warriors responded in the fourth set, ending the game on a 12-5 run. But in the fifth, UH committed three costly errors and Tanner Jansen had two aces during a big six-point Trojans run that essentially put the game out of reach for the Warriors. 

UH will look to snap its six-match losing streak when it plays No. 2 Stanford in a two-match MPSF series, March 6-7 in Stanford, Calif.

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