By Cindy Luis
First time since 2006 that UH has won the MPSF series with UCLA. Was very impressed that the Warriors were able to overcome a 0-3 hole and poor officiating. Here's my breaking news story.
Brook Sedore put down a match-high 22 kills and No. 11 Hawaii upset No. 3 UCLA for a second straight night in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation volleyball play, prevailing 22-25, 25-18, 24-26, 25-16, 15-11 Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Siki Zarkovic added 13 kills and three aces for the Rainbow Warriors (11-6, 9-5 MPSF). It was first time since 2006 that Hawaii took the conference series against the Bruins (13-4, 10-4).
Robart Page led UCLA with 16 kills and Gonzalo Quiroga added 15. Hawaii Baptist graduate Michael Fisher, a freshman outside hitter, finished with a career-high 13 kills over the 2 hours and 38 minutes.
A turnstile crowd of 2,714 (3,818) saw Hawaii trail 3-0 and 6-2 to start Set 5. The Rainbow Warriors rallied to tie at 6, the first of six ties in the final set.
Hawaii broke an 11-all deadlock on one of Taylor Averill's 10 kills to jumpstart a 4-0 closing run. The Rainbow Warriors finished it out on a Page hitting error, an ace by Zarkovic and Sedore's final kill.
Hawaii outblocked UCLA 10-7.5, with Nick West in on eight. The Rainbow Warriors finished with a 6-3 advantage in aces and 34-29 edge in digs in handing the Bruins consecutive losses for the first time this season..