#5 Hawaii Defeat #11 UCSB 3-1 To Complete At-Home Sweep

  0 Steven Myers | February 06th, 2017 | College - Men's Indoor, MPSF, News


  • #5 Hawaii def. #11 UCSB 3-1 (25-22, 30-28, 25-23)
  • Hawaii moves to 10-2 (3-2 MPSF); UCSB falls to 6-5 (3-5 MPSF)
  • Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Attendance: 3,532
  • Match Stats

The University of Hawaii defeated UC Santa Barbara in two straight games this weekend, winning the latter one on Saturday 3-1 after a 3-0 victory Friday night.

The individual sets themselves were close as Hawaii took the first one 25-19 with hitting a 3.08. compared to UCSB’s .258. In the second set, things remained close as well. Hawaii hit a .387 while UCSB also hit well, recording a .344. With 14 kills for UCSB compared to Hawaii‘s 16, they still managed to tie things up after two sets with a 25-23 victory.

In the third set, things were just as close, although Hawaii‘s hitting got even better. With a .440, they managed to get out on top once again and win another close set 25-23.

The final set of the match went to Hawaii as they recorded a .303 hitting percentage and 14 kills to lead them to a 25-19 victory. Much of their offensive strength came from freshman Stijn van Tilburg who managed 24 total kills during the game.

Jacob Delson of USCB and Corey Chavers also dominated in the kills department, recording 23 and 18 respectively.


Courtesy of Hawaii

The University of Hawai’i men’s volleyball team extended its home win streak to 13 matches following a four-set victory over No. 11 UC Santa Barbara, Saturday to sweep the two-match Mountain Pacific Sports Federation series at the Stan Sheriff Center. Set scores were 25-19, 23-25, 25-23, 25-19.

The fifth-ranked Rainbow Warriors (10-2, 3-2 MPSF) hit .357 for the match with opposite Stijn van Tilburgleading the way with a match-high 24 kills. UH won its fifth straight to improve to 10-2, its best record through the first 12 matches of a season since 2005.

UCSB was led by senior outside hitter Jacob Delson, who posted 23 kills, hitting .375 while Corey Chavers added 18 kills.

Kupono Fey recorded a season-high 11 kills and hit .435, his most productive match of the season. Libero Larry Tuileta had 13 digs and setter Jennings Franciskovic dished out 46 assists along with two aces and six digs.

UH jumped out to a 5-1 lead forcing the Gauchos to call an early timeout. UCSB tied it at 8 before the Warriors surged ahead 15-11 and then 18-13 after a van Tilburg ace. UH roofed Delson to make it 20-14 and ran away with the set, ending it with another van Tilburg kill off a ridiculous one-handed set by Franciskovic.

UCSB got the early advantage in Set 2 leading 10-6. But van Tilburg rallied UH back with six kills as the Warriors retook the lead at 16-15. The teams traded leads until the Warriors won a video replay challenge on a net violation to give them a 21-20 lead and followed that with a double-block by Hendrik Mol and van Tilburg. UCSB responded with three straight, then sided-out the rest of the way, including an  Austin Matautia hitting error on set point.

Hawai’i changed up its lineup in Set 3 with outside hitter Brett Rosenmeierand middle blocker Dalton Solbrig entering the match. The teams went back and forth throughout the set with 20 ties and five lead changes and with neither team holding more than a two-point lead. Fey’s 10th kill gave UH set point and UCSB’s Henri Cherry hit wide ending it.

UH scored four straight for a 12-10 lead in Set 4 and extended it to 20-15 after stringing together five more off of Fey’s serve. Rosenmeier’s cross-court kill gave the Warriors match point and van Tilburg’s 24th and final kill closed out the match.

Hawai’i will next embark on a four-match road trip with MPSF matches at UC San Diego, Feb. 10 and Cal Baptist, Feb. 11 and non-conference matches at McKendree, Feb. 14 in Linden, Ill., and Lindenwood, Feb. 15 in St. Charles, Mo.

Courtesy of UCSB

Despite career nights from pin hitters Jacob Delson and Corey Chavers, No. 11 UC Santa Barbara was defeated for the second time in as many days by No. 5 Hawai’i, dropping a four-set contest to the Rainbow Warriors on Saturday night at the Sherriff Center; 25-19, 23-25, 25-23, 25-19.

Delson, a senior outside hitter, and Chavers, a sophomore opposite each set new career marks for kills in the contest, grabbing 23 and 18 kills respectively. The duo led a solid offensive showing for the Gauchos (6-5, 3-5 MPSF), who hit .296 for the evening, an 81 point improvement over Friday’s straight-set defeat.

However, the Rainbow Warriors’ (10-2, 3-2) offense was in even more of a rhythm, hitting .357 paced by Stijn van Tilburg’s match-high 24 kills. UCSB simply could not come up with an answer for van Tilburg, as the UH outside accounted for almost half of his team’s kills while taking over a third of their swings.

After falling behind 1-0, the Gauchos fought back hard in the next frame, culminating in their first set victory of the weekend. It was Delson and Chavers who led the charge for UCSB, notching a kill apiece to force a late tie after trailing 20-22. After a UH timeout, Delson, Chavers, and middle Connor Drake (five kills, four blocks) teamed up stuff a van Tilburg attack at the net to give the Gauchos the lead. A couple points later, UCSB would clinch it on a Rainbow Warrior attack error.

Things were tight again between the two teams in the third set, resulting in a 23-23 tie down the stretch. Unfortunately, things didn’t break UCSB’s way this time, with the home team grabbing two quick points to re-take the lead at 2-1.

Hawai’i put it away in the fourth with a fatal 6-1 run late, turning a marginal 16-15 lead into a commanding 22-16 advantage behind a long service run from Kupono Fey. The Gauchos weren’t able to close the gap from there, with the teams siding out on each point until a van Tilburg kill ended it.

UCSB closes out a four-match road stretch next week with contests at Pepperdine on Wednesday and Stanford on Saturday. The Gauchos’ next home match is Wednesday, Feb. 15 against Long Beach State.



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