Freshman opposite Stijn van Tilburg had a career-high 27 kills and senior hitter Siki Zarkovic tied his with 25 as No. 8 Hawaii clinched the final Mountain Pacific Sports Federation volleyball tournament playoff berth with a dramatic, 23-25, 25-27, 26-24, 25-23, 15-11 victory over No. 14 UC Irvine tonight at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Junior hitter Kupono Fey added 12 kills for the Rainbow Warriors (14-9, 9-9 MPSF) when defeating the Anteaters for a second night in five sets. It was the first time since 2010 that Hawaii had defeated UCI (8-17, 5-13) twice in a season.
Junior hitter Michael Saeta led the Anteaters with 18 kills and Kyle Russell and Thomas Hodges each had 16 kills for the Anteaters, playing their sixth five-setter in eight matches.
UH freshman setter Joe Worsely had his second consecutive double-double with 59 assists and 10 digs. Zarkovic also finished with a double-double with 13 digs.