Good early. Even better late.
No. 10 Hawaii did yesterday what it couldn’t Thursday, keeping the serves in and blocking No. 7 UCLA off the Pauley Pavilion court.
With six aces — four by setter Nejc Zemljak — and 11 1/2 blocks, the Warriors avenged being swept by the Bruins two nights earlier with a 25-19, 25-21, 25-22 sweep of their own.
The 93–minute victory snapped a seven-match losing skid to the Bruins and also gave the Warriors (6-7, 4-4 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) their first win in three Kilgour Cup appearances. Kyle Caldwell put down 10 kills for UCLA (8-8, 3-7) in losing for just the seventh time in 34 Kilgour Cups, a fundraiser for disabled athletes.
"I told the team several months ago what MPSF stands for," Hawaii coach Charlie Wade said. "I asked them after we lost (Thursday) what does it stand for. Jarrod Lofy came back quickly with ‘Must Put Serving First.’
"It’s almost a cliche to simplify the game into serve and pass, but that’s what it is. Everyone has good passers and good hitters. The question is how can you create points from the service line."
The Warriors, who had 17 service errors Thursday, had nine last night. Hawaii had half of its aces in controlling Set 1.
With senior Joshua Walker struggling after an error-free match Thursday, junior hitter Steven Hunt picked it up on the left side. The Canadian put down four of his five attempts to set the tone in the opening 25 minutes.
UCLA never led in the match until going ahead at 5-4 in Set 3. A critical serving run by freshman reserve setter Sam Biscaro — who had three serving errors in three attempts Thursday — helped Hawaii use a 7-1 run to take the lead for good at 21-16.
UCLA rallied, closing to 23-21 and 24-22, but Hunt put down his final kill to give Hawaii its first win at Pauley Pavilion, as well as its first sweep of the Bruins, since 2005.
Walker and Lofy both were in on five blocks.
The Bruins hit .176 to the Warriors’ .329. UCLA also had just five blocks.
"Our block was a good by-product of our serving," Wade said. "No doubt everyone was more comfortable in there after playing Thursday.
"It was a league win, and a league win on the road. That’s always a good thing."
The Warriors drive down to UC Irvine for a short practice today. Hawaii finishes out its four-match road trip with matches tomorrow and Tuesday against the Anteaters (8-8, 5-5).
NO. 10 HAWAII DEF. NO. 7 UCLA, 25-19, 25-21, 25-22
|WARRIORS (6-7, 4-4 MPSF)|
|BRUINS (8-8, 3-7 MPSF)|
Key — s: games; k: kills; e: hitting errors; att: attempts; pct: hitting percentage; d: digs; bs: block solo; ba: block assists; pts: points (kills plus blocks plus aces)
Aces — Hawaii (6): Zemlak 4, Dyrer 2. UCLA (2): Amberg, Page. Service Errors — Hawaii (11): Zemljak 3, Hunt 2, Walker 2, Dyer 2, Umlauft, Biscarro. UCLA (9): Amberg 4, Scattareggia 2, Caldwell, Casebeer, Jagd. Assists — Hawaii (37): Zemljak 36, Umlauft. UCLA (37): Scattareggia 30, Hastings 4, Quiroga 2, Bannan. T — 1:33. Officials — Brent Lee, Lydia Godshall. A — 743.
|Brigham Young||7||3||.700||1 1/2||11-4|
|Long Beach State||6||3||.667||2||7-5|
|UC Santa Barbara||7||5||.583||2 1/2||9-6|
|UC Irvine||5||5||.500||3 1/2||8-8|
|UC San Diego||3||7||.300||5 1/2||6-10|
Hawaii def. UCLA, 25-19, 25-21, 25-22
USC def. Pacific, 25-15, 25-23, 25-21
CSU Northridge def. UC San Diego, 18-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-23
Stanford def. Pepperdine. 25-14, 25-18, 25-19
Hawaii at UC Irvine, 5 p.m.