UH Men's Volleyball Dispatched By Cal Baptist In Four Sets
March 16, 2013 at 2:06 AM HST - Updated June 30 at 9:25 AM
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – (Hawaii Athletics) The No. 10 University of Hawai'i men's volleyball fell to No. 12 Cal Baptist 25-19, 24-26, 25-19, 25-22 in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match Friday night at Van Dyne Gym. The Warriors dropped to 7-13 overall and 6-11 in the MPSF.
In the first-ever conference meeting between the teams, Cal Baptist protected home court while ending UH's modest two-match win streak. It was the Warriors' eighth loss in nine road matches this year. Meanwhile, the Lancers (9-11, 6-9 MPSF), who upset No. 1 UC Irvine earlier in the year, improved to 6-2 at home,
UH out-blocked Cal Baptist (14.5-5.0) and enjoyed a better hitting percentage than the Lancers (.268-.260). But CBU enjoyed a huge advantage in the service game, registering 10 aces. UH, meanwhile, committed 22 service errors while registering just four aces.
In Set 1 Cal Baptist got out to an early lead and wouldn't relinquish it. The Warriors stayed within distance but could never make a serious run after hitting just .167 and committing seven service aces.
UH scored five of the first six points of Set 2 but the Lancers battled back and scored six unanswered to eventually take a 17-15 lead. The Warriors retook control with a 7-2 run and had two set points fought off by the Lancers. However, Taylor Averill put one straight down to eventually clinch the match 26-24.
The teams traded blows in Set 3 and UH trailed just 18-17. But the Lancer scored seven of the final points to win the set 25-19 and take a 2-1 lead.
CBU continued that momentum in Set 4 by scoring seven of the first nine points. The Lancer would enjoy a comfortable margin for much of the set. Trailing 24-20, UH fought off two set points but eventually succumbed on a final kill by CBU's Levi Cabral.
The Warriors and Lancers will have a rematch tomorrow Van Dyne Gym at 7:00 p.m. PT (4:00 p.m. HT).