Mens Volleyball: Hawaii drops Bisons in three

The UH mens volleyball team bounces back from Thursday five game loss with a three game sweep of Manitoba.

Honolulu, HI -After last nights disappointing loss to Penn State, the Warriors were determined not to have the same happen to them tonight against the Bisons from Manitoba. Before a crowd of 4694, Hawai`i did not disappoint as they bowled over the Bisons in three, 30-19, 30-24, and 30-17.

The Warriors came out of the gates sprinting in game one, jumping to an early 5-1 lead. Sophomore Pedro Azenha was on fire, racking up four kills in the opening minutes of the game. By mid-game he was still racking them up and hitting 1.00. Azenha would go on to a team high 19 kills. Hawai`i won game one, 30-17 off a hitting error by Manitoba's Josh Klassen. Delano Thomas served the last six points of the game, contributing to his .917 service percentage for the match.

At the start of the second game Azenha was still hitting 1.00; the sophomore was flawless in his delivery and no match for the Bison defense. But in game two the Warriors faced a determined Bison team; Manitoba turned up the heat and the score teeter-tottered until a kill by Azenha changed the tides for Hawai`i who went on to win, 30-24 off a Thomas kill.

In game three it was the Warriors all the way as they firmly took control of the game from the start and never let go. Hawai`i continued to play with a maturity and grace that their age belies. Thomas was instrumental in two digs that he added to his match total, 10 kills, two aces, and two blocks. Aloha ball for the Warriors was won off a service error by Murray Laidlaw, who had a team high 18 kills for the Bisons.


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