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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 6:51 p.m., Saturday, March 25, 2006

UH men sweep Pacific in volleyball

Advertiser Staff

Jose Jose Delgado and Dio Dante each pounded 10 kills to power the University of Hawai'i volleyball team to a 30-27, 30-19, 30-23 victory over Pacific Saturday in the Spanos Center in Stockton, Calif.

It was the Warriors' 12th consecutive victory, a surge that began before Valentine's Day.

In winning for the 13th time in the past 14 matches, the Warriors improved to 16-4 overall and 12-3 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.

The Tigers are 7-14 and 5-10.

The Warriors entered bruised and short-handed at middle blocker. Backup Kyle Klinger did not make the trip because of a broken big toe on his right foot. Jake Schkud, also a reserve, remained at the team hotel because of an illness. Dante was playing with a ligament injury in the pinkie of his right hand.

"He's a big ol' guy," UH coach Mike Wilton said of Dante. "He's got a little nick in his hoof, but he can still block. He's a warrior."

Dante contributed to seven of the Warriors' 11.5 blocks.

The Warriors had early difficulty passing the Tigers' serves, falling behind 15-11 and 16-12.

"I thought we would run the rubber right off of Brian's shoes," Wilton said, referring to setter Brian Beckwith's scrambling sets.

But Dante served four consecutive points, giving the Warriors a 17-16 lead, and then the UH passers began to pass accurately. Once in system, the Warriors dominated. They did not trail in the final two games.