Hawai'i Finishes Off No. 12 Loyola-Chicago, 3-1

3/7/2008

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Honolulu, Hawai'i - The University of Hawai'i men's volleyball team (8-9) defeated the No. 12 Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (10-8), 30-25, 30-21, 26-30, 30-26, in a non-conference match Friday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.

UH swept the two-match series and improves to 9-2 all-time against Loyola.

The Warriors were led by junior James Clar, who tallied a team-high 20 kills. Senior Jacob Schkud was second on the team with 12. Sophomore Ric Cervantes led the match with 16 digs.

The Warriors started game one strong and won 30-25. UH exploded on offense and hit an amazing 51.7 percent with only two attack errors. Clar led the team with seven kills.

The Warriors dominated Loyola with ease in the second set, 30-21. The Warriors jumped out to a 11-6 lead off a Matthew Rawson kill and never looked back. The Ramblers could not put together a consistent offensive attack as they only hit 15.2 percent.

UH did not sustain its momentum in the third set. The Ramblers scored the first six points of the game and were up 19-10 at one point. The Warriors did mount a comeback but fell short and lost 30-26.

The Warriors came back revived in the fourth set and beat the Ramblers 30-26. Both teams fought throughout the match and the Warriors found themselves down late. However, Steven Grgas's solo stuff block tied the game at 21 and UH went on a 9-5 run to close it out.

UH continues its homestand next week with a two-match Mountain Pacific Sports Federation series versus the UC Irvine Anteaters beginning Friday, March 14, at 7:00 p.m. at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Article courtesy of Hawai'i athletics.

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