The fourth-ranked University of Hawai'i men's volleyball team suffered its worst hitting performance of the season in a straight-set loss to No. 6 Stanford, Friday, at Burnham Pavilion, in the first of two Mountain Pacific Sports Federation matches. Set scores were 25-18, 25-19, 25-16.
The Rainbow Warriors (9-3, 4-3 MPSF) were held to a season-low .064 hitting in the match as the Cardinal dominated the net, hitting .389 while also posting 10 team blocks and eight service aces. The Cardinal (9-2, 7-2) won for the ninth time in the last 10 matches against UH in Stanford.
Senior outside hitter Sinisa Zarkovic reached double figures for the 12th time this season to lead the Warriors with 10 kills. Outside hitter Kupono Fey added six kills and five digs, while freshman outside hitter Brett Rosenmeier had five kills in just over a set of action. Middle blocker Hendrik Mol had two of the team's five aces.
Conrad Kaminski led the Cardinal with 11 kill (.600) and five blocks while Madison Hayden added nine kills, hitting .500. Kevin Rakestraw had three of the team's eight aces.
The Rainbow Warriors fell behind 10-4 early in Set 1 as the Cardinal used a 9-2 run. Stanford led by as many as nine (20-11) before closing out the set 25-18. UH hit .100 compared to .345 for the Cardinal, who also recorded four aces.
UH got off to another slow start in Set 2, as the Cardinal built a 14-9 lead. But three straight points by the Warriors including back-to-back kills by Zarkovic and a five-point spurt, gave UH a 19-16 lead. But that would be UH's final points as the Cardinal answered with nine straight to close out the set. During the 9-0 run, UH committed three errors and Hayden and Kaminski each had two kills while Clay Jones ended it with an ace.
For the third straight set, the Cardinal jumped ahead early, using a 7-1 run spurred by four early blocks, for a 12-8 lead. A 6-2 run, capped by Rakestraw's third ace put the Cardinal on top 19-12 and were never threatened the rest of the way. UH hit .000 in the set with 11 kills and 11 errors.
The teams play again on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. (5:00 p.m. HT) at Maples Pavilion.
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