The University of Hawaii men's volleyball team extended its home win streak to a new program-record 20 matches following a straight-set victory over 14th-ranked CSUN Friday in the first of two Mountain Pacific Sports Federation matches at the Stan Sheriff Center. Set scores were 25-18, 25-23, 26-24.
The teams play again on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Following the match, Kupono Fey, Jennings Franciskovic, Hendrik Mol, and Iain McKellar will be honored during the traditional Senior Night ceremony.
The Rainbow Warriors (21-4, 11-4 MPSF) rebounded from a pair of losses last week to extend their MPSF home win streak to 12 while also extending their set win streak at home to 23 with their seventh consecutive 3-0 win.
Opposite Stijn van Tilburg led the Warriors with 13 kills, hitting .500, with five digs, and four blocks. Fey added 10 kills while Mol tallied seven kills and three blocks. Franciskovic dished out 35 assists and led UH to a team hitting percentage of .421. As a team, the Warriors finished with 9.5 team blocks, including five by freshman middle Patrick Gasman.
CSUN (12-13, 5-11) was led by Arvis Greene's 17 kills.
In the first set, the Warriors led 9-6 after three quick blocks and extended their lead to 18-13 after scoring three unanswered. UH ran away with the set as Mol and Fey each posted four kills while the Warriors hit .346 as a team.
UH led 16-10 in Set 2 after van Tilburg's solo stuff block. The Matadors inched back to 20-19 with a 6-2 run that forced UH head coach Charlie Wade to call his first timeout. The Warriors made it 23-20 after van Tilburg's ninth kill – sixth in the set – and a Gasman-Fey double-block but the Matadors responded with two points of their own. UH finished the set with kills by Fey and Gasman to end it.
Set 3 began with both teams siding out. The Warriors grabbed a 15-12 lead and made it 20-17 following an ace by van Tilburg. But CSUN rallied with four straight to take a 23-22 lead. UH erased one set point and scored the final three points including a double-block by van Tilburg and Mol on match point.
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