HONOLULU - The UC San Diego men's volleyball team upset No. 11 Hawaii 25-21, 25-21 and 25-22 at the Stan Sheriff Center Friday, marking the first time that the Tritons have ever defeated the Warriors in Honolulu.
UCSD (1-1, 1-1 MPSF), a night after hitting .000 and getting swept by Hawaii, upped its attack to .333 with 41 kills and 13 errors in 84 attempts. Conversely, UH (1-1, 1-1 MPSF) went from hitting .306 Thursday night all the way down to .156 (30-18-77).
It was UCSD's fourth all-time win against Hawaii and its first away from the Mainland. The Tritons had a win last season and were victorious in both matches against the Warriors in 2009, all in La Jolla. It was also the first time the Tritons have defeated the Warriors in straight sets.
Outside hitter Carl Eberts powered the Triton offense, hitting .478 with a match-high 14 kills. He tacked on three service aces, three digs and five block assists to finish with a match-best 19.5 points.
Opposite Johl Awerkamp was also solid on the attack, swinging at a .538 clip with eight kills and just one error in 13 swings. Freshman opposite Chris Andrulis hit .333 (6-2-12) and middle blocker Greg Smith came away with a match-high seven blocks.
The Warriors were led by Steven Hunt's 13 kills while Nick Castello had a match-high seven digs.
"Last night, our offense just didn't match our strong passing, but we got it back on track tonight and they definitely matched up," said UCSD head coach Kevin Ring. "Carl had a huge night all around and I give lots of credit to Mike Brunsting for running the offense. We also had a number of guys come in off the bench like Johl to light it up serving and get some key kills."
The Tritons won the battle at the net, holding a 10 to five advantage in blocks. They also sided-out 77 percent of the time to Hawaii's 67 percent.
"We never gave up that big run where we let them get away from us and we were playing catch-up the whole time," said Ring. "We were the steadier team down the stretch. We were relaxed and what we were able to do is make them (Hawaii) uncomfortable."
The Tritons return from the Islands to host non-conference opponent Loyola-Chicago on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 5 p.m. UCSD students are admitted free with a valid ID. Ticket information is available here.
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