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Wyatt Harrison

UC San Diego Falls to No. 1 Hawai'i in Straight Sets

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LA JOLLA, Calif. - Wyatt Harrison had 14 kills and three service aces but the University of California San Diego was swept for the second-straight night by top-ranked Hawai'i in Big West Conference men's volleyball action Saturday at RIMAC Arena. Scores were 25-17, 25-17, and 25-16.

UC San Diego fell to 7-15 overall and 0-6 in league matches, while UH remained perfect at 23-0 and 6-0. The Rainbow Warriors have not dropped a set all season, winning all 23 of their matches in sweeping fashion.

Harrison hit .367 with just three errors in 30 attack attempts. The sophomore outside hitter also added a dig and a block and matched his career-high with the three aces.

Redshirt junior outside Xander Jimenez and freshman middle blocker Shane Benetz each had four kills with Jimenez totaling a team-high six digs and Benetz posting an .800 hitting percentage with no errors in five swings.

The Tritons hit .133 (29-18-83) for the match. 

Hawai'i attacked at .471 (41-9-68) and held substantial advantages in digs (28-14) and blocks (7-3) as well.

Rado Parapunov led all players with 18 kills and Joe Worsley, the reigning Big West Player of the Week, had a match-high nine digs.

The opening set saw nine tie scores but just two lead changes. The Tritons led for a good portion of the first half. An early three-point run, which included a kill by redshirt freshman middle Gabe Avillion and a pair of aces by Harrison, gave them a 5-3 advantage. A Harrison kill and a Warrior attack error later put them up 12-10. However, UH proceeded to win seven of the next eight points to take a 17-13 lead and it stayed ahead the rest of the way.

The Warriors scored the first four points of the second set and owned a lead the whole way. 

With the score even at 2-2 in the third frame, a five-point run put Hawai'i ahead for good.

With two weeks remaining in the regular season, No. 2 Long Beach State is up next for UC San Diego. The Tritons and the Beach meet in Long Beach on Friday, April 5, before reconvening at RIMAC Arena on Saturday, April 6. Both matches are set for 7 p.m.

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