Warriors volleyball team finishes 4-0 on road
The University of Hawai'i men's volleyball team overcame a slow start to produce a four-game victory over the University of the Pacific yesterday in Spanos Center.
The scores were 28-30, 30-27, 30-22, 30-19.
Costas Theocharidis, the AVCA Player of the Year last season, buried 29 kills in 60 swings (only two errors) and hit .450 to help the fourth-ranked Warriors improve to 7-2 overall and 4-0 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
The Warriors won all four matches on this week-long trip, including a two-match sweep of No. 2 Stanford Tuesday and Wednesday.
"Going 4-0 in this conference is quite an accomplishment," UH coach Mike Wilton said. "We have a lot to be thankful for."
But it wasn't a cruise.
"We struggled a little bit, but we came through and that's what matters," Wilton said.
Midway through the second game, the Warriors changed setters, replacing sophomore Kimo Tuyay with Daniel Rasay, who set for the rest of the match.
Wilton said that although Tuyay has been pulled in the last two matches, his starting job is not in jeopardy.
"Right now, we feel Daniel, makes a better relief pitcher," Wilton said.
UH also alternated middle blocker Brian Nordberg and Delano Thomas.
Dejan Miladinovic also helped Hawai'i dominate the middle, amassing five blocks and assisting on eight others.
In all the Warriors had 16 blocks to UOP's four.
Jose Delgado contributed 12 kills and Eyal Zimet had nine.
The team returns today and as a reward, Wilton said he will give the players tomorrow off.
Pacific outside hitter Aaron Wachtfogel led the Tigers with 22 kills, but he had nine errors.