Hawai'i Takes Down No. 12 Loyola-Chicago
Honolulu, Hawai'i - The University of Hawai'i men's volleyball team (7-9, 5-7 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) beat the No. 12 Loyola-Chicago Ramblers in three-sets, 30-18, 30-25, 30-24, in a non-conference match Wednesday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
UH broke Loyola's four-match winning streak while the Warriors also ended their own two-match losing skid with the win. The Warriors improved to 4-7 against ranked opponents this season.
Hawai'i was led by James Clar, who had a match-high 17 kills in front of 2,443 fans. Jacob Schkud was also in double digit kills as he tallied 12. The Warriors, as a team, out-blocked the Ramblers 15-3 and sophomore Matthew Rawson had a team-high eight blocks, a new season high.
UH stormed out in the first game and beat Loyola-Chicago (10-7, 4-2 MIVA) with ease, 30-18. Brennon Dyer, Schkud, and Clar each had three kills for the Warriors. The Ramblers were plagued by mental mistakes as they tallied 10 errors.
The Ramblers again committed too many errors (13) but were unable to close their deficit late in the second game. UH led 25-22 but engineered a 5-2 run to win, 30-25. Clar led the way for UH and recorded a team-high seven kills.
The Warriors looked to put away the Ramblers for good in the third stanza. However, Loyola was up early, 10-7. UH regained the lead at 12-11 off a Clar kill and never let up the rest of the game en route to a 30-24 victory.
UH and Loyola square off again on Friday, March 7. First serve is 7:00 p.m. at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Article courtesy of Hawai'i athletics.