Warriors fall to Thompson Rivers, rematch Saturday

January 4th, 2014
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Saturday's 7 p.m. match again on radio and espn1420am.com

live stats available at hawaiiathletics.com

Don't know if I'll be there. Have another assignment that conflicts, which is what happened Thursday.

Some of Stephen Tsai's story from Friday

The microphone malfunctioned during the national anthem. The key to the visiting locker room was misplaced. There was no entertainment during the extended break between the second and third sets.

And the University of Hawaii men's volleyball team also had a false start, losing its 2014 debut in four sets to Thompson Rivers University of Canada in the Stan Sheriff Center.

The scores were 25-19, 25-21, 13-25, 25-20.

There were two key factors in this exhibition: 1. The Rainbow Warriors were able to experiment with lineups and 2. the match did not count in any standings. The rematch is on Saturday night.

"It definitely was (about) knocking off the rust," UH middle blocker Nick West said.

Opposite attacker Brad Gunter led the WolfPack with 25 kills in 40 swings.

"He's a great player," Thompson River setter Colin Carson said. "He played on the junior national team for Canada."

Carson, who braids his hair and his beard, kept the Warriors in knots with his quick and high sets to left-side hitter Casey Knight (10 kills) and Gunter.

 

3 Responses to “Warriors fall to Thompson Rivers, rematch Saturday”

  1. 'ohanaInBellingham:

    The scores were not too bad considering that UH did have the handicap of playing against an opponent whose regular season started 9/26.

    http://www.tru.ca/athletics/teams/mvb/mvbschedule.html

    Let's see the Warriors build on that experience tonight.

    Thank you for pasting Tsai's story, Cindy!


  2. rayson:

    Hawaii won 3-2 tonight (technically they won 3-1 but they had agreed to play 5 full sets tonight). Hawaii played a lot crisper and cleaner tonight and Thompson Rivers looked like they were in vacation mode for most of the match. Both Averill and Siki turned around their game tonight. Olsen once again played really well tonight. He wasn't my choice as a starter because he was so erratic offensively last year but so far it looks like he's proving me wrong. Good for him.

    Everyone played tonight. The fifth game featured an all freshman lineup (with the exception or Averill) for most of the set.

    Mol, Fey and Franciscovic all played well enough. It's obvious all of them have loads of potential they just need time to develop. The only thing I question is why play both Mol and Fey this year. By my count they have 6 OHs. Siki is too good to keep on the bench and Olsen looks like he's finally found his rhythm. I really can't see more than one of the freshman getting a lot of playing time. Not to mention Timmer is going to figure in the mix somewhere. Just seems shortsighted to me.


  3. Ron:

    Agree with rason. Mol and Fey are really, really good players but Olsen,Siki. and Sedore will be tough to beat out. West also looked to be back. Jobe still sets too close to the net but he is very fast and the best option at setter at this time. Franciscovic is getting great coaching and his ability to block will bode well for the future. The libero had his moments but needs to be more consistent. He brings at least 50 fans to the game so maybe he feels pressure. This team has the potential to be one of the top in the Nation. We will see next week.