HONOLULU – (Hawaii Athletics) The 12th-ranked University of Hawai'i men's volleyball team continued its dominance of Pacific, Friday with a four-set victory in the first of two Mountain Pacific Sports Federation matches at the Stan Sheriff Center. Set scores were 25-22, 25-21, 19-25, 25-23.
The Warriors (8-14, 7-12 MPSF) eclipsed their win total from a year ago and defeated UOP for the 32nd consecutive time, including 18 straight at the Stan Sheriff Center. UH's win streak over Pacific dates back to 1997 and owns a 41-1 all-time record in the series history.
Hawai'i was led by sophomore opposite Brook Sedore (16 kills) and freshman outside hitter Sinisa Zarkovic (16 kills). Sophomore JP Marks had a team-high 14 digs while middle blocker Taylor Averill did not commit an error in 14 swings with 11 kills.
Former Tiger and current UH setter Joby Ramos tallied 48 assists and nine digs and led the Warriors to a team hitting percentage of .260.
UOP was led by Taylor Hughes, who had 19 kills and five blocks. Adam Troy added 16 kills. As a team, the Tigers had 13 team blocks compared to three for the Warriors.
After a tight start to Set 1, the Warriors took a 20-17 lead following an ace by Marks. The Tigers tied it with three straight of their own. A few points later, Zarkovic pounded back-to-back kills giving UH set point before UOP's Adam Troy hit into a triple block, giving the Warriors the 25-22 victory.
In Set 2, Hawai'i led 16-11 before the Tigers scored three straight from kills by Troy. UOP pulled to within one at 18-17 before the Warriors reeled off four straight, including a pair of aces by Max Wechsung to take a commanding 22-17 lead.
The Warriors were in control early in Set 3 before the Tigers woke up. Down 12-7, UOP scored four straight to pull within one and then strung together five straight for a 19-16 lead. Hughes stuffed Sedore giving the Tigers set point and Marks hit out sending the match to a fourth set.
UH rallied from an early 10-7 deficit to tie it at 13 and then scored three straight with kills by Averill and Sedore and a UOP hitting error for a 16-14 lead. Consecutive kills by Zarkovic and Sedore gave UH a 19-16 lead but the Tigers battled back for a 22-21 lead. Marks came up with a huge kill off the bench for a 23-22 lead and Olsen followed with his second kill for match point. UOP's Peter Edwards hit into the net to end it.
The teams play again on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.