- #4 Hawaii def. #14 CSUN 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 26-24)
- Hawaii moves to 21-4 (11-4 MPSF); CSUN falls to 12-13 (5-11 MPSF)
- Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
- Attendance: 3,584
- Box Score
The 4th-ranked Hawaii men’s volleyball team recovered from back-to-back sweeps against BYU last week to knock off #14 CSU-Northridge on Friday in Honolulu. The win, combined with other results this week, clinched Hawaii as the 3rd of 4 hosts of the quarterfinals in the MPSF conference tournament (along with BYU, Long Beach State, and UC Irvine).
That’s big for the Warriors, as the win also marked a program record 20th-straight home victory for them. Hawaii has a unique home court advantage in the MPSF, as their time is 3 hours behind California, where most of the rest of the conference lives, and 4 hours behind Utah time, home of BYU. This means that an evening game in Hawaii that starts at 7:00 and runs until 9:30 or so local time starts at 10 or 11 and runs until well past midnight by the body clocks of their opponents.
Hawaii hit .421 as a team in the game, and held CSUN to just .282 hitting. While .282 is a relatively efficient day for a losing team, by CSUN’s standards it’s a low output. Early in the year, Northridge waws unstoppable offensively. As lof late, though, they’ve struggled, hitting over .200 in just half of their last 6 games and over .300 just once. They’re currently on a 7 game losing streak that took them from MPSF contenders to opening round visitors.
CSUN’s 2017 Offensive Output
|Win/Loss Record||Kills/Set||Hitting Percentage|
|First 18 Games||12-6||12.62||0.352|
|Last 7 Games||0-7||11.30||0.241|
Stijn van Tilburg led Hawaii, as he’s done most of this season, with 13 kills on a .500 hitting percentage. 5 Hawaii players hit .500 or better, including Hendrik Mol (7 kills, 2 errors, 10 attacks).
CSUN was led by 17 kills from Arvis Greene, who did his part by hitting .344 on 32 swings. Eric Chance added in 8 on an errorless 10 attacks.