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.
Freshman Sinisa Zarkovic led UH with 13 kills, while hitting .435. Sophomore Brook Sedore recorded 11 kills and five digs, while JP Marks finished with 10 kills.
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).