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Hawaii turns back Cal Baptist in volleyball

Sophomore hitter Siki Zarkovic put down 12 kills and junior middle Taylor Averill finished with 11 kills and 12 blocks as No. 11 Hawaii overcame a slow start to defeat unranked Cal Baptist 22-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-10 in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation volleyball match Wednesday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Senior hitter Jace Olsen added 11 kills and sophomore libero Kolby Kanetake had a match-high 11 digs for the Rainbow Warriors (8-4, 6-3 MPSF) in the 2-hour contest. Junior opposite Brook Sedore added nine kills and two aces as Hawaii won its third straight.

Junior hitter Johannes Brink had a match-high 14 kills for the Lancers (3-8, 2-7) and senior middle Kristopher Johnson added 12.

The teams meet again at 7 p.m. Friday. Hawaii remained in a tie for fourth place in the MPSF, along with UC Santa Barbara and Long Beach State at 6-3. Both the Gauchos and the 49ers won Wednesday night, UCSB in a home sweep of No. 13 Cal State Northridge and No. 6 Long Beach State in a four-set upset at No. 2 UCLA. 

The Rainbow Warriors outblocked the Lancers 17-5. The 12 total blocks and 11 block assists were both career highs for Averill; he had eight total blocks — all block assists — in last month’s 3-2 loss at UC Santa Barbara.

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