MPSF Volleyball Results, Jan. 28

Jan. 28, 2018

No. 2 UCLA 3, No. 3 Hawaii 1 (22-25, 25-20, 25-22, 32-30)

Recap by UCLA

The No. 2-ranked UCLA men's volleyball team snapped No. 3-ranked Hawai'i's 26-match home win streak with a four-set decision in Honolulu on Sunday night. Scores of the match were (22-25, 25-20, 25-22, 32-30). UCLA improves to 8-1 on the year, while UH suffered its first loss of the season after seven wins. Christian Hessenauer's 20th kill and then service ace on UCLA's eighth match point attempt of the fourth set ended the non-league battle.

In set one, UCLA broke an early tie to take a 6-4 lead after a block by Oliver Martin and Hessenauer. Hawai'i quickly evened the score at six-all and took the lead at 7-9. The Warriors built the margin to 10-14. UCLA rallied to level the score at 15 on a Martin kill. Another UH streak of four straight points put the home team up 17-22. UCLA closed to 22-24, but Hawai'i hung on for the 22-25 win. Martin and Hessenauer each finished with three kills and a block. The Bruins hit just. .143, with six attack errors.

UCLA moved to a 7-4 lead in set two after a Martin / Hessenauer block. The Bruins extended the margin to 12-8 on a kill by JT Hatch. UH closed to 17-15, but kills by Dylan Missry and Hessenauer made it 19-15. UCLA led 21-17 following a block by Micah Ma'a and Daenan Gyimah. Hawaii rallied to get to 23-20, only to commit a service error and then a Missry kill ended the set at 25-20. UCLA hit .400 for the set and Missry finished with five kills and an ace.

The Bruins grabbed any early 5-3 lead in set three. Hawai'i tied the score at points six, seven and nine. UCLA opened up a 11-9 lead after a Missry kill. The Warriors rallied to even things up at points 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18. UCLA went ahead on a Hatch kill and a Ma'a ace for a 20-18 edge. UH cut the lead to 21-20, but UCLA answered with a block by Jake Arnitz, Hessenauer and Martin, followed by a Gyimah kill and then a Hessenauer / Gyimah block for a 24-20 lead. After two straight Warrior points, UCLA called timeout. Missry came out of the break with a big swing to give the Bruins the set at 25-22.

UCLA established a 7-5 lead in set four and extended the margin to 11-6 after a series of Hessenauer kills. Hawai'i chipped away and was able to get back to even the score at 14-all. The Bruins opened up a 20-17 gap after a Gyimah swing and then a Hessenauer kill. Once again, the Warriors battled back to tie the score at 21. Kills by Missry and Hatch put UCLA ahead 23-21 and forced a UH timeout. Hawai'i fought back to tie the score at 24-all. A couple of Hatch kills gave UCLA a look at match points at 25-24 and 26-25, but the Warriors hung tough. The Bruins would go on to have eight tries at match point, before a Hessenauer kill (after a fantastic dig by Ma'a) and then an ace ended the match at 32-30.

Hessenauer, who had a season-high 20 kills, hit .457 for the match and was joined in double-figure kills by Missry (12k - .321) and Hatch (11k - .500). Martin added eight kills and his six blocks helped UCLA win that battle 10.5 to 3.0. Garland Peed added a team-high nine digs. Ma'a set the Bruins to a .396 hitting percentage with 46 set assists and six digs.

The Bruins will return home to host Princeton on Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Wooden Center.