The University of Hawai'i men's volleyball team began its weeklong road trip with a straight set loss to No. 6 Stanford, Friday night in the first of two Mountain Pacific Sports Federation at Maples Pavilion. Set scores were 25-19, 25-17, 26-24.
The Rainbow Warriors (11-9, 9-8 MPSF) are in the midst of a four matches in five days road trip. The teams play again on Saturday.
Junior opposite Brook Sedore was the lone bright spot for the Warriors, who finished with 14 kills. No other UH player had more than five as UH hit for a season-low .118. Middle blocker Taylor Averill, who ranks No. 2 nationally in hitting percentage, struggled offensively the entire night with only three kills and five errors in 10 attempts.
The Cardinal (13-7, 10-7) were led by Brian Cook, who had 13 kills and hit .345. Eric Mochalski added 10 kills and 10 digs, while setter James Shaw had three aces and six blocks.
In the first set, the Warriors scored five straight, including two aces by Jace Olsen for a 9-7 lead. But the Cardinal answered and retook the lead with four unanswered during a 9-3 run for a 16-12 lead. Stanford went on to close out the set and hit .400 while holding the Warriors to .043 hitting, including -.571 by Averill, who recorded all five of his hitting errors in the frame.
Stanford broke open Set 2 with an 8-3 run with three kills by Cook, for a 17-12 lead. The Cardinal pushed their lead to eight and were never threatened in the 25-17 victory.
Hawai'i held the advantage for much of Set 3 taking a 13-9 lead after a kill by freshman Kupono Fey, who started the game along with middle blocker Davis Holt. Moments later, Holt made his presence felt with a solo block of Cook for a 19-15 lead. After the Cardinal pulled within two at 23-21, Fey's kill off an overpass gave the Warriors set point.
But that's when the wheels fell off and Stanford scored the final five points, with three UH hitting errors, to steal the set and win the match.