Warrior Volleyball: Hawaii wins in three

The Warriors complete the two match series sweep with the Tritons by winning in straight sets.

Honolulu, HI -Before a crowd of 4543, the #4 Warrior volleyball team blocked their way to a win over the #15 UC San Diego Tritons, 3-0 (30-21, 31-29, 32-30). The Warriors combined for a season high 14.5 blocks against the Tritons six. Hawai'i now holds a 31-0 record against the Tritons.

But the win did not come easy for the Warriors who faced a determined, well prepared Triton team. UCSD came out of the gates running, jumping to a 3-0 lead before a kill from senior Josh Stanhiser put the Warriors on the board and on a roll. UH managed to power back and steal the lead from the Tritons largely through the action of Stanhiser, who finished the night with 10 key kills, hitting .643 and seven block assists. The Warriors took game one, 30-21.

In game two the Tritons kept the heat on, never trailing by more than four points. But the Warriors managed to keep control of the match in their hands, as UCSD pushed the score to 29-all before Hawai`i made it 2-0 with a 31-29 game two win. In the second game, Delano Thomas and Jose Delgado put down five and four kills respectively to guide the Warriors to 2-0 for the match. Thomas also had three service aces for the night, giving him 76 career aces.

Game three was all about blocking for the Warriors as they managed to capture the game, 32-30 with 9.5 team blocks. Leading the team kill list was sophomore Pedro Azenha who had 13 kills and 2 block assists to end the night. Freshman setter Brian Beckwith had 41 assists, three kills, one service ace, and three digs to end the match.

The Warriors managed to hold the Tritons to a .181 hitting percentage and six team blocks. In the Triton's corner Kevin Keyser and Adam Toren both led the team with nine kills.

The Warriors continue their homestead with matches against #10 Ball State, Feb. 4 & 5.


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