HONOLULU – (Hawaii Athletics) The University of Hawai'i men's volleyball team made quick work of No. 2 in a straight-set victory Sunday in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match at the Stan Sheriff Center. Set scores were 25-21, 25-22, 25-16.
The Warriors (3-6, 2-4 MPSF) swept the two-match series against the Waves (3-3, 3-3), marking their fourth consecutive victory over Pepperdine in Honolulu dating back to 2011. On Friday, the Warriors rallied to win in five, scoring the final four points of Set 5 for the upset.
On Sunday, the Warriors came up big at the end of each set. Freshman Sinisa Zarkovic and sophomore Brook Sedore led the way with 15 kills each. Sedore hit .33 and tallied four digs and four blocks while Marks hit .393. Sophomore JP Marks tallied nine kills and a team-high eight digs.
As a team, UH hit .333 compared to .190 for the Waves, who was led by Maurice Torres' 11 kills.
The Warriors gained a little separation at 12-8 early in Set 1. The Waves got within one on several occasion, including at 20-19 but UH triple-blocked Torres and Ramos served up an ace that just trickled over the net for a 22-19 lead. UH went on to close out the set, 25-21 as the Warriors tallied five blocks and three service aces.
The teams traded points for the first half of Set 2. Pepperdine led 17-14 before the Warriors scored four straight – including a block solo and kill by Marks on consecutive plays. UH won a long rally, ending with a kill by Sedore for a 21-19 lead. Pepperdine rallied to tie it at 21 before a kill and block by Zarkovic gave UH a 23-21 lead. After a Josh Taylor kill, Averill put down a kill and Marks ended giving the Warriors a 2-0 lead.
Hawai'i jumped out to a great start in Set 3, with three straight points. With Sedore at the service line, the Warriors extended their lead to 11-3 and cruised to a 25-16 victory on .455 hitting.
The Warriors will next host a two-match MPSF series against Stanford, Feb. 1 & 2 at the Stan Sheriff Center.