#5 Hawaii Extends Set Streak to 29 in Sweep of #8 Stanford

  0 Braden Keith | March 11th, 2017 | College - Men's Indoor, MPSF, News

Match Stats

  • #4 Hawaii def. #8 Stanford 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-22)
  • Hawaii moves to 19-2 (9-2 MPSF); Stanford falls to 11-8 (6-6 MPSF)
  • Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Attendance: 4,578
  • Box Score

The 4th-ranked Hawaii Rainbow Warriors out-lasted the 8th-ranked Stanford Cardinal in the first of a weekend double-header on Friday with a 3-0 sweep. That sweep was Hawaii’s 9th-straight and extended their school-record streak to 29 straight sets.

The game was an offensive slugfest, with Hawaii hitting .370 and Stanford .311. The losing Cardinal actually out-hit Hawaii in the opener and match them shot-for-shot in the closer, but 26 extra attacks turned into 16 extra kills for Hawaii.

Hawaii setter Jennings Franciskovic had one of his best games of the season with 42 assists, 3 kills, and 2 aces. Stijn van Tilburg had 21 kills on .515 hitting, which ties him for the second-best output in a 3-set game this season nationally.

Stanford’s top hitter was Gabriel Vega, who had 11 kills and 3 errors on 19 swings for a .421 hitting percentage. Eric Beatty had the most opportunities for Stanford with 22 attacks, but he had 5 errors and just 8 kills for a .136 hitting percentage. The Cardinal have been leaning heavily on the freshman Beatty over the last three weeks, and he’s been a little up-and-down over those 5 contests.


Press Releases

Courtesy Hawaii Athletics:

HONOLULU – The University of Hawai’i men’s volleyball team posted its ninth consecutive straight-set victory and extended its set win streak to a program-record 29 Friday against No. 8 Stanford in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match at the Stan Sheriff Center. Set scores were 25-22, 25-17, 25-22.

The teams play again on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

The Rainbow Warriors (19-2, 9-2 MPSF) also extended their overall win streak to 14 and home win streak to 18, one shy of tying the program mark.

Sophomore opposite Stijn van Tilburg was nearly unstoppable with a match-high 21 kills, hitting a remarkable .515. The Amsterdam native also recorded one ace, four digs, and three blocks while posting his fourth career 20-kill match.

No other Warrior reached double figures in kills, however, UH’s two middles – Hendrik Mol (6) and Patrick Gasman (5) combined for 11 kills and five blocks, hitting .588. Setter Jennings Franciskovic dished out 42 assists and led the Warriors to a team hitting percentage of .370.

‘Iolani School grad Gabriel Vega had 11 kills to lead the Cardinal (11-8, 6-6) while Kamehameha Schools-Hawai’i alum Evan Enriques added 10 digs.

The Warriors opened Set 1 with a three-point lead but that quickly vanished as the Cardinal led 16-13. But UH used a 7-1 run to recapture the lead and closed out the set with back-to-back kills by van Tilburg.

Hawai’i led 13-9 in Set 2 after a 5-1 run which included a thundering kill by van Tilburg. The lead stretched to 18-13 and the Warriors out-scored the Cardinal 7-3 en route to a 25-17 victory. UH tallied three blocks and two aces in the frame.

In a back-and-forth Set 3, UH tied it at 20 after van Tilburg’s 19th kill. The teams traded points before Kupono Fey stuffed Clay Jones one-on-one giving the Warriors a 23-22 lead. Van Tilburg’s 21st kill got the crowd on its feet for aloha ball and the Vega has ruled across the 10-foot line on a kill attempt to end it.

Courtesy Stanford Athletics:

HONOLULU – No. 8 Stanford dropped a 25-22, 25-17, 25-22 decision at No. 4 Hawai’i, Friday, in front of 4,578 fans at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Hawai’i (19-2, 9-2 MPSF), which clinched an MPSF Tournament berth with the win, set a school record by winning its 29th consecutive set during the sweep.

Stanford (11-8, 6-6 MPSF) lost for the first time this season when hitting over .300 for the match. The Cardinal posted a .311 clip, but was out hit by the Rainbow Warriors (.370). Both teams tallied 6.0 blocks, while Stanford held a 29-26 edge in digs.

The Cardinal led early on in the first set as it had the Rainbow Warriors on their heels, but was unable to hang on to the lead down the stretch. After a poor hitting performance in the second, Stanford continued to battle in the third, which had 12 tie scores and three lead changes.

Stanford did not have an answer for Hawai’i sophomore opposite Stijn van Tilburg, who led all players with 21 kills on .515 hitting. Senior middle blocker Hendrik Mol added six kills and five blocks for the Rainbow Warriors.

Hawai’i natives Gabriel Vega and Evan Enriques led the way for the Cardinal. Vega finished with 11 kills on .421 hitting, while Enriques had a match-high 10 digs and a career-best eight assists.

Freshman Eric Beatty, who started his second straight match in place of an injured Jordan Ewert, recorded eight kills, six digs and an ace for Stanford. Redshirt junior opposite Clay Jones added seven kills, two digs and a block, while redshirt junior middle blocker Kevin Rakestraw tallied four kills on .571 hitting and four blocks.

Freshman setter Paul Bischoff was back in the starting lineup after junior Kyle Dagostino started the previous two outings for Stanford. Bischoff posted 25 assists, seven digs, two blocks and two kills.

Stanford and Hawai’i will meet again on Saturday, March 11 at 7 p.m. to wrap up the season series. The Rainbow Warriors won their 14th straight match Friday and remain undefeated at home this season.

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