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'Bows top Waves in four sets

'Bows top Waves in four sets

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

MALIBU, Calif. – The No. 5 University of Hawai'i men's volleyball team avenged a loss to No. 12 Pepperdine one night earlier with a four-set win, Saturday in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match at Firestone Fieldhouse. Set scores were 25-22, 16-25, 25-19, 25-13.
 
With the win, the Rainbow Warriors (4-1, 1-1 MPSF) snapped a five-match losing streak to the Waves (2-1, 1-1) in Malibu dating back to 2012. UH was led by outside hitter Sinisa Zarkovic who had a career night, posting highs with 24 kills on .571 hitting along with seven digs. As a team, the Warriors hit a remarkable .417 and limited the Waves to .269 hitting.
 
Freshman opposite Stijn van Tilburg rebounded from his worst outing in a Hawai'i uniform one night earlier with 15 kills and only one error in 31 swings for a .452 clip. van Tilburg has reached double figures in kills in all five matches during his rookie campaign and has hit .400 or better in four of those matches.
 
Outside hitter Kupono Fey added eight kills and eight digs and middle Iain McKellar posted his best match at his new position with seven kills (.455) and two blocks.  Setter Jennings Fraciskovic dished out 50 assists while libero Kolby Kanetake racked up nine digs.
 
After smoking 13 kills without an error on Friday, Matt Tarantino led the Waves' attack with 16 kills and four errors, hitting .414. David Wieczorek added 13 kills and three blocks.
 
UH led for the better part of Set 1. With the score tied at 21, van Tilburg put down a cross-court shot followed by a double block by Hendrik Mol and McKellar. On the next play, Colby Harriman hit long giving UH match point and after a Waves point, Fey hit off the block giving the Warriors the 25-22 victory.
 
The Waves bunched a pair of four-point runs to lead 14-7 in Set 2 en route to the 25-16 win to even the match. Pepperdine hit .727 in the set with two aces. UH answered early in Set 3, using a 6-1 run, including four straight, for a 10-6 lead. That would be enough of a cushion the rest of the way as UH hit .433 in the set to take it 25-19.
 
UH stormed out to a 12-5 lead in Set 4 with the help of four Pepperdine hitting errors during a 7-1 run. In fact the Waves committed 10 errors in the set and hit -.100 as the Warriors rolled to a 25-13 win.
 
Hawai'i returns to Honolulu to host a two-match non-conference series versus Grand Canyon, Thursday, Jan. 21 and Friday, Jan. 22 at the Stan Sheriff Center.

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