No. 8 UC San Diego Makes It Back-to-Back Wins Over No. 12 Hawai'i


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LA JOLLA, Calif. - The 8th-ranked UC San Diego men's volleyball team made it two consecutive wins against No. 12 Hawaii with a 30-21, 30-27, 23-30, 28-30, 15-13 win over the Warriors on Saturday night in RIMAC Arena. 

The Tritons looked to be in control after taking the first two sets. Hawaii rallied to take sets three and four, before the Tritons gained the upper hand in the fifth set. 

Gerald Houseman, Frank Fritsch and Jason Spangler each had 15 kills, while Will Ehrman had 14 kills, including the match ender. With the win, the Tritons improve to 10-10, 6-9 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, while the Warriors drop to 4-13, 3-11 MPSF.

Phil Bannan had 64 assists, three aces, nine blocks and six digs.  Calvin Ross had a match-high 12 blocks to go along with nine kills on .562 hitting.  Eric Leserman had a match-high 14 digs.

Hawaii was led by Sean Carney and Brennon Dyer with 19 kills each.

The Tritons hit at a .405 clip in the first set and cruised to the 30-21 win.  UCSD used a 10-2 run to put the set away.

In the second set, the Tritons trailed 16-14, before tying the set at 17-17.  Tied at 26-26, Ross sent down a kill, followed by a UH error.  Ehrman served up a service ace and he would finish the set off with a kill at 30-27.

The third set was all Warriors as Hawaii jumped out to a 20-12 lead.  UCSD got no closer than five points the rest of the way as UH took the set 30-24.  UCSD hit only .132 in the set.

UCSD had a chance in the fourth set, leading 20-17 after a UH error.  UH quickly tied it and took the lead at 27-25.

The Tritons came within 29-28, but UH's Nejc Zemljak put the set away 30-28.

In the fifth set, the Tritons led 8-3, getting three points off blocks.  Hawaii would rally and tie the set at 11-11.  UCSD went to Houseman who delivered a kill, only to have it answered by UH.  Tied at 12-12, a UH service error, followed by a block by Ross and Ehrman gave UCSD the 14-12 lead.  After another Hawaii kill, the Tritons set Ehrman who delivered the final kill at 15-13.

UCSD is back in action on Thursday, March 26 when it travels to Pepperdine.  First serve is set for 7:00 p.m. in Malibu

Article courtesy of UC San Diego athletics.

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