No. 14 Hawai'i Picks Up First Road Win Against Pacific
Stockton, Calif. - The 14th-ranked University of Hawai`i men's volleyball team (5-7, 4-5 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) continued their dominance in Stockton to earn its first road victory of the 2008 campaign against the Pacific Tigers (1-10, 1-13 MPSF) in four games, 30-28, 30-25, 17-30, 30-21, Friday night at the Art Spanos Center. UH has won 20 straight meetings with Pacific and have not lost in Stockton since 1997.
UH had plenty of balance on the offensive end to pace their victory tonight. Senior Jacob Schkud led the Warriors with 10 kills, Joshua Walker was second with nine, and James Clar and Keali`i Frank each had eight. Setter Sean Carney had 41 assists and libero Ric Cervantes recorded 10 digs.
The Warriors were down late in the first contest but fought back and took game one 30-28. UOP was up three, 27-24, but UH went on a 6-1 run behind kills from Schkud, Walker, and a Steven Grgas service ace. Schkud led the Warriors in game one with seven kills.
Hawai`i and UOP remained close again in game two. Pacific led by as many as two, 17-15, but could not sustain their advantage. The Warriors then regained the lead late in the game and took advantage of Tiger serving woes to win game two, 30-25.
UH could not keep up its momentum in game three. The Tigers, backed up against the wall down two games, went up early 9-4. UOP put together two straight service aces to put the game out of reach, 24-14 and the Tigers won 30-17.
The Warriors were eager to put the third game behind them and did so in a quick fashion. Hawai`i forced a timeout before the mid way point in game four off a Schkud service ace, 14-10. The Tigers got within two, 15-13, but a Carney block and a triple block put UH's lead to 19-12 to end any hope of UOP comeback.
The Warriors and Tigers enjoy a break during the weekend and square off again Monday night, 7:00 p.m. PST/5:00 p.m. HST at the Spanos Center.
Article courtesy of Hawai'i athletics.