LA JOLLA, Calif. – (Hawaii Athletics) With its season on the line, the University of Hawai'i men's volleyball team defeated UC San Diego in four, Friday in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match at RIMAC Arena. Set scores were 25-20, 15-25, 25-21, 25-23.
With the win, UH's postseason hopes come down to the final day of the regular season. The Warriors (10-16, 9-14 MPSF) will need to win the rematch with the Tritons on Saturday and hope Cal State Northridge loses to second-ranked Long Beach State in order to qualify for the eight-team MPSF Tournament. Any other scenario and UH's season comes to an end.
Hawai'i won without its both starting outside hitters – leading hitter Sinisa Zarkovic and JP Marks. In their place were Jace Olsen (7 kills, 2 aces, 7 digs) and Johann Timmer (4 kills, 1 aces, 6 digs). Opposite Brook Sedore led the way with a match-high 19 kills. The sophomore also tallied two aces, five digs, and three blocks.
UH's middle attack of Taylor Averill (13 kills, .706) and Davis Holt (9 kills, .615) combined for 22 kills, hitting .667, and 10 blocks.
Carl Eberts led three Tritons in double figures with 13 kills. As a team, UCSD (7-21, 4-19) hit .255 and tallied 13.5 total blocks.
The teams split the first two sets, with UH taking the first 25-20 and the Tritons winning the second, 25-15 and each team leading from start to finish.
In Set 3, UCSD used a 6-2 run to take an 18-16 lead before the Warriors scored five straight for a 21-18 lead. Averill came up with two big blocks giving UH a 25-21 and two sets to one lead.
The Warriors rallied from an 11-8 deficit in Set 4 with a four-point run. Moments later, UH used a 5-1 run to regain the lead at 19-17 and sided-out the rest of the way for the victory. UCSD's Nick Iorfino served into the net on match point.
The teams play again on Saturday to wrap up the regular season. First serve is 7:00 p.m. PT (4:00 p.m. HT) and the match can be heard on AM 1500 with Blaine Kauwe calling the action.