Alberta Outlasts UH In Five

HONOLULU - Nicholas Cundy put down a team-high 30 kills, leading Alberta to a 28-30, 30-24, 30-21, 34-36, 15-12 victory over Hawai`i in an exhibition match at the Stan Sheriff Center tonight.

After trailing 2-1 to start the match, UH got untracked and went on an 8-1 run and held off the Golden Bears, 30-28, to win Game One. All-American Pedro Azenha, who was suspended in the fall for violating team rules, made his presence felt early after being reinstated this week. In Game One, Azenha put down seven kills in 14 swings. Azenha would go on to lead all hitters with 31 kills. Alberta was a different team, however, in Game Two as they hit a whopping .516, going on to win 30-24 to even the match at a game apiece. Cundy led the Bears in Game Two slamming down nine of the team's 19 kills. In Game Three, the two teams were tied at 13 when Alberta went on a 17-8 run to close it out, 30-21. The Golden Bears remained hot, hitting at a .481 clip in the game. UH won the marathon Game Four by a score of 36-34 as the Warriors staved off five match points to push it to a deciding fifth game. The Bears jumped out to a quick 6-0 start and led 10-5 before the Warriors made a run. But UH got as close as 13-11 before Alberta put the match away, 15-12. Alberta out hit (.372 to .227) and out blocked (18.0 to 9.5) on the night. The two teams meet again on Friday, Dec. 31, at 1 p.m. at the SSC.

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