A very disappointing loss. Not sure what happened after leading 18-12 in Set 2. UCI going to a new setter and new opposite shouldn’t have made that big of a difference but it did.
here’s the story from our website
Reigning national and conference player of the week Brook Sedore put down a match-high 13 kills but it was not enough for No. 8 Hawaii as two-time defending national champion UC Irvine continued their dominance over the Rainbow Warriors with a 22-25, 25-21, 25-18, 25-14 victory in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation volleyball match Friday at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The Anteaters (12-8, 9-7) got 12 kills each from Scott Kevorken and Zack La Cavera in defeating the Rainbow Warriors (11-7, 9-6) for an eighth consecutive meeting. The match lasted 2 hours and 8 minutes
It was just the second home conference loss for Hawaii, which had won its last seven in the Sheriff Center. Jake Olsen added 11 kills and libero Kolby Kanetake had 12 digs.
Hawaii finished with 8.5 blocks, 7 of those coming in Set 1, 3 straight to open the match. The Warriors had no blocks in the final two sets.
Jeremy Dejno and Connor Hughes added 11 kills for the Anteaters winning their third straight. Libero Michael Brinkley finished with 17 digs, one off his career high.
The matched turned midway through the second set when UCI changed its setter, going with senior Daniel Stork, and trading opposites, using junior La Cavera. Down 18-12, the Anteaters tied it at 21, finishing out the set on a 6-0 run.
Also hurting the Warriors was their serving, with 18 errors and just one ace. UCI finished with six aces and 15 service errors.
The teams meet again at 5 p.m. Sunday.
For Irvine, I thought Stork played a large part in their win.
For the Warriors, from the very first point I thought the Warrior’s passing was suspect. What kept them up was their serving. If only they had won that 2nd set. Once their serving fell apart it was all down hill. Siki was yet again targeted on serve and he needs to step it up. On the other hand, Olsen needs to be a bigger and more consistent
offensive threat to take some of the pressure off of Siki. They’ve seen this game plan before, they should have been ready.
Half the time Ramos had to run down balls, the other half of the time, Ramos’s poor set selection and placement cost them. Why Wade didn’t sub in Franciskovic earlier is beyond me.
Wade should have just phoned it in tonight. His coaching or lack of coaching didn’t seem to make any difference tonight.
Can’t say I disagree with Rayson. Ramos had a really bad night and the passing certainly didn’t help.
UH MUST win Sunday if they want to make the playoffs IMO. Winning at Stanford and Pepperdine will be really hard and UCI and Stanford are UH”s big threats get those 7th and 8th spots in the tournament since UH already blew it against UCSB and USC.
UH beach team must be really deep this season if their number 5 pair can beat Long Beach’s 1/2 pair.
I can’t wait to see how UH’s does against Pepperdine and USC.
Anybody got scores from today’s Wahine Sand Tournament?
No surprise that Karissa Cook and Brittany Tiegs won the whole thing.
Big surprise is they had to beat Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor for the championship. It’s awesome to hear how good the Speiler/Taylor pairing is, did not expect them to be UH’s second best pair, I thought they would be 5th/6th at best, Great job.
Thanks for the info Fwf. I could not find a place to park so I missed it all. Any more results available?
Spieler really excelling in sand. I wonder how she would have done if she continued with indoor.
6. took me a while to find parking but the free lot on Paki had spaces. you just had to walk 3-4 blocks.
7. she is and her game is well-suited to sand, which is her love.
Sweet that her grandfather … Lisa Strand-Maa’s dad … got to see her play this week.