15 Rainbow Warriors see the floor in series sweep of Charleston
HONOLULU – The No. 1-ranked University of Hawaii men's volleyball team completed the two-match sweep of Charleston with another straight-set win Saturday at the Stan Sheriff Center. Set scores were 25-18, 25-16, 25-17.
The Rainbow Warriors (2-0) substituted freely throughout the match using 15 players, which included five homegrown players. UH extended its home win streak to 19.
Setter Jakob Thelle dished out 19 assists along with five kills, two digs, and one block. The sophomore led the Warriors to a .312 hitting percentage, including .490 through the first two sets. Outside hitter Colton Cowell had a team-high eight kills and three blocks. Middle blocker Patrick Gasman added five kills and three blocks while outside hitter James Anastassiades had two of the team's six aces.
UH finished with nine team blocks while limiting the Golden Eagles (0-2) to .164 hitting. Jake Vorburger had a match-high 11 kills for Charleston.
In Set 1, UH jumped out to an early 7-4 advantage and extended the lead to 16-11 after a kill by Thelle. Moments later, an Anastassiades ace put UH on top 18-12. The Golden Eagles pulled to within three at 19-16 after consecutive hitting errors by Cowell but the Warriors closed out the set on a 6-2 run.
Charleston scored the first three points of Set 2 before the Warriors took their first lead at 9-8 following a UC hitting error. UH pushed the lead to 14-11 after another kill by Thelle and 20-14 after consecutive blocks by Cowell. For the second straight set, the Warrior finished strong, outscoring Charleston 8-2 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
Hawaii scored six unanswered for a 7-3 lead to start Set 3. The Warriors used three blocks and two aces to push the lead to 15-9. From there, head coach Charlie Wade emptied his bench and the Golden Eagles struggled to find the court at the service line with 10 total service errors in the set.
The Warriors will next host the Raising Cane's Rainbow Warrior Classic Thursday, Jan. 9 through Saturday, Jan. 11. The four-team tournament features host UH, Grand Canyon, Harvard, and Emmanuel. Matches begin at 4:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m., at the Stan Sheriff Center.