RIVERSIDE, Calif. (HawaiiAthletics) - For the 12th time this season, the University of Hawai'i men's volleyball team played a match that went to the limit after dropping a five-set decision to No. 12 California Baptist, Saturday at Van Dyne Gym. Set scores for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match were 25-14, 24-26, 23-25, 25-21, 15-13.
The 10th-ranked Warriors (7-14, 6-12 MPSF) played like a determined team after dropping a four-set decision one night earlier to the Lancers (10-11, 7-9). UH took a two sets to one lead after losing the opening set but could not put away the home team.
For the second night in a row, reining AVCA and MPSF player of the week Sinisa Zarkovic led Hawai'i. The freshman tallied a team-high 15 kills and nine digs but was held to just .216 hitting. Sophomore Brook Sedore overcame a bad hitting night on Friday with 14 kills at a .481 clip. Jace Olsen came off the bench to spark UH with 10 kills, hitting .474.
Heading into the series, UH was the conference's second best serving team but for the second straight night, the Warriors committed far too many service errors - 27 on Saturday after tallying 22 in Friday's four-set loss.
Guilherme Koepp and Levi Cabral provided much of the offense for CBU, which swept UH for the first time. Both had 21 kills and combined for 42 of the team's 58 kills and both hit .375 or higher.
Down 1-0, the Warriors gutted out wins in Sets 2 and 3, with Olsen coming up big in the latter stages of each stanza. The Penn State transfer ended each set with kills and UH holding one point leads.
CBU jumped out to a 13-8 lead in Set 4 and the Warriors could not recover, pulling to within two twice, before service errors ended any comeback. Koepp's third ace gave the Lancers a 25-21 victory, forcing a fifth set.
In the fifth, Cabral led CBU to three straight points - with two kills sandwiched by an ace - for a 11-7 lead. Moments later, UH closed to within one at 13-12 after a Cabral hitting error but on the very next play, Koepp's 21st kill gave the Lancers match point. Koepp's service error made it 14-13 but Cabral ended it with his 21st kill.
The Warriors return to Honolulu to host Pacific, Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23 at the Stan Sheriff Center.