Warrior Volleyball: UCLA ends Hawaii's season

Hawaii gets beat in three games by UCLA ending the Warriors season in the first round of the MPSF tournament.

LOS ANGELES -The Warrior's post-season dreams were ended Saturday night at the Pauley Pavilion after the UCLA Bruins swept by them, 3-0 (30-24, 30-24, 30-28) in the first round of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament. Hawai`i ends the season with a 17-12, 13-9 MPSF record.

Leading the Warriors offense were sophomore Matt Bender and junior Delano Thomas who each put down 10 kills. Following up was Pedro Azenha who had nine kills and also served up a team high three aces. Middle blocker Josh Stanhiser hit a team high .571 for the match, while Bender was the team's leading blocker with three. Libero Alfred Reft recorded nine digs for the Warriors and the team had six total team blocks.

The Warriors took a tentative lead to start the match and expanded it to three after a pair of kills by Thomas made the score 13-10. But the Bruins answered back, scoring five of the next six points to take a lead of their own. Once the lead was theirs, UCLA never relinquished control of the game. The Warriors came to within two after a 3-0 run at 18-23 but the Bruins refused to lose, taking the game, 30-24.

In game two, the Bruins came out fighting and took an early 4-1 lead. The Warriors answered back with a few points of their own to even the scor eat six. Hawai`i continued to keep the score close, but never managed a lead in the game. At 21-22, the Bruins would allow only three more Warrior points before taking game two, 30-24.

Game three was firmly in the Bruins control as they deftly fought off a fierce Warrior attack. The Warriors pushed the score to a tie at 22, but the UCLA offense was too much. A Thomas service error and a kill from Jonathan Acosta put the Bruins ahead by two (24-22). As the Warriors tried valiantly to push the match into a fourth and fifth game, the Bruins seemed just as determined to make it an early night. They eventually took game three, 30-28.

The loss ends the Warrior's 2004 campaign, they will return to Honolulu from Los Angeles tomorrow.

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