In its final tune-up before the start of the 2016 season, the University of Hawai'i men's volleyball team dropped an exhibition match to Team SportConX in four sets, Monday, at the Stan Sheriff Center. Set scores were 25-22, 25-20, 20-25, 25-18.
The Rainbow Warriors, who used 15 players in the match, will officially open the season against King University, Thursday, Jan. 7, as part of the 22nd Outrigger Resorts Invitational. UH will also host Harvard and 2015 national runner-up Lewis in the early season tournament.
Among UH's newcomers to see action was starting opposite Stijn van Tilburg, who tied for team-high kill honors with nine along with senior Sinisa Zarkovic. The Amsterdam, Netherlands native hit .412 in just two sets and had three digs and one block. Zarkovic also played only two sets and hit .333 along with one ace and two digs.
Outside hitter Kupono Fey had seven kills and six digs while middle blockers Hendrik Mol (7) and Iain McKellar(5) combined for 12 kills. Mol also added team-highs of nine digs, two aces, and five blocks. Setter Jennings Franciskovic dished out 25 assists in three sets played. As a team, the Warriors served up eight aces with only 11 errors and out-blocked SportConX 6.5 to 6.0.
SportConX, made up of former All-Americans and current professional players, was led by Stanford alum Curt Toppel's 13 kills on .462 hitting. Former 'Iolani School and Stanford graduate Brad Lawson added 12 kills at a .385 clip while former UH middle blocker Maulia LaBarre had nine kills and a team-high four blocks.
Punahou School alum and former Long Beach State star Taylor Crabb added eight kills while Riley McKibbin, former USC setter and Punahou School graduate dished out 38 assists while leading SportConX to a team hitting percentage of .344.
The Outrigger Resorts Invitational runs Thursday, Friday, and Sunday at the Stan Sheriff Center. Match times for Thursday and Friday are 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. while Sunday's matches are 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. All UH matches will be broadcast on ESPN 1420AM with Tiff Wells calling the action.
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