Warrior Volleyball: Hawaii bounces Ball State

The Warriors hand the Cardinals their first loss of the season winning in three games.

Honolulu, HI -The #3 Warrior volleyball team swept #10 Ball State University Wednesday night; handing the Cardinals their first loss of the season (30-21, 30-18, 30-28). Before a crowd of 4052, the Warriors found success all over the court as the Cardinals struggled to stay in the match.

The two teams traded leads to start off game one and Ball State led by mid game but a pair of service aces from sophomore middle blocker Mauli`a LaBarre was just the spark the Warriors needed to regain control of the game. Along with two aces, LaBarre finished the night with five kills and three blocks. The Warriors kept the Cardinals to a .185 team hitting percentage as they cruised to a 21-30 game one win.

In game two, Hawai`i jumped to an early lead as Ball State tried to recapture their earlier momentum. The Warrior block kept the Cardinals to just 11 kills with a hitting percentage of .069 in the game. Leading Ball State was Jary Delgado who had a team high twelve kills for the night; Delgado also recorded five digs to end the match. In the Warriors court, sophomore Jose Delgado managed to be in the right places at all the right times. Delgado, an outside hitter and cousin of Ball States Jary Delgado, had six kills, six assists, four digs, and one solo block. The Warriors easily took the second game, 30-18.

Game three saw the Cardinals coming out strong as they dug deep to kept the game close and tried mightily to push the match to a fourth game. The Warriors however refused to relinquish control of the match. Junior Delano Thomas had been kept to eight kills by the end of game two, but in game three he doubled his kill count to 16, a team high, and improved his hitting percentage from .333 to .481. In addition, Thomas also put up one assist and had three block assists. A kill from Joshua Stanhiser gave Hawai`i Aloha ball and the Warriors took game three and the match, off a kill by LaBarre.

In addition to Thomas' team high 16 kills, Pedro Azenha had 13 kills, one service ace, and three digs to end the match. Freshman Brian Beckwith had a team high 37 kills, five digs, three blocks and three kills for the evening. Sophomore Alfred Reft also had five digs by the night's end.

The Warriors face the Ball State Cardinals again Thursday night at 7:05pm at the Stan Sheriff Center.

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