No. 12 Hawai'i Upsets No. 2 Cal State Northridge; Takes Two-Match Series
HONOLULU, Hawai'i - The University of Hawai‘i men's volleyball team completed a two-match sweep of No. 2 Cal State Northridge with a 30-26, 21-30, 32-30, 30-26 victory Saturday in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match at the Stan Sheriff Center. The Warriors (3-6, 2-4 MPSF) extended its win streak over the Matadors in Honolulu to seven matches dating back to 2003.
Sophomore outside hitter Joshua Walker led UH with 19 kills, nine digs, and four blocks. Freshman Steven Hunt added 15 kills and five digs while Brennon Dyer had 14 kills, 10 digs, and six blocks.
For the second straight night, the Warriors frustrated the Matadors with their big block. UH had a 17-10 advantage at the net. Middle blocker Steven Grgas led the way with eight while fellow middle blocker Matt Rawson had seven. Libero Ric Cervantes had a team-high 15 digs.
Eric Vance led the Matadors (6-2, 3-2) once again with 27 kills and 15 digs.
The Warriors jumped all over the Matadors in Game 1 surging to a 14-9 advantage. CSUN rallied back, tying the score at 18 and even taking a brief 20-19 lead. But the Warriors, behind Walker's 10 first set kills, answered the call and scored four straight late in the game en route to a 30-26 victory.
The Matadors opened Game 2 with a 5-1 lead and maintained their lead throughout. UH pulled to within 18-16 but a 5-1 CSUN run put the game out of reach and the Matadors cruised to a 30-21 win.
The momentum shifted back to the Warriors' way in Game 3 as UH used its big block to take a 15-11 lead at the halfway point. The Matadors answered back tying the score at 19 and taking a 23-21 lead. After UH tied it at 23, the teams traded side-outs until Dyer's error gave the Matadors a 28-26 lead. Walker's kill tied it at 28 but Vance gave CSUN game point at 29-28. The Warriors fended it off and after Walker's kill and CSUN hitting error, UH had set point at 30-29. Two points later, Hunt ended it with for a 32-30 victory.
Hawai‘i carried over its momentum to Game 4, leading 9-4. UH extended its lead to 18-12, before the Matadors fought back and pulled to within 22-21. Two points later the Warriors got the better end of a long rally and Grgas' overpass pushed the lead to 25-21. Vance hit into a big triple block at 28-25 and a hitting error gave UH match point at 29-25. Kaleo Baxter served long giving UH a 30-26 win.
The Warriors take the next week off before a two-match MPSF series at Long Beach State, Feb. 12 & 13.
Article courtesy of Hawai'i athletics.