The Rainbow Warrior volleyball team’s 25-21, 25-20, 25-20 sweep over Saint Francis at SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center on Friday night proved to be a challenging match for No. 1 Hawaiʻi.
Hawaiʻi hit a total of .340 throughout the match, with Spyros Chakas and Dimitrios Mouchlias both ending the night with 14 kills each. UH (4-0) remains undefeated this season with four straight home wins.
A brisk 4-0 for UH kicked off the match, but they were met with the relentless Red Flash who brought the score to 12-12 in the first set. However, back-to-back service aces by Mouchlias helped bring Hawaiʻi victory in the first set.
UH setter Jakob Thelle’s two service aces also gave way for the Warriors in the third set as they managed to hold off Saint Francis (0-4) after the two intense sets earlier in the match.
UH coach Charlie Wade on the new techniques the Hawaiʻi team used as the key to their win on Friday night: “It just allows us to be more diverse, allows us to have more depth — to see what we can add in.
“Generally, when we’re putting new stuff in, it’s in addition to instead of in place of. We’re not really getting rid of anything; we just got to see what else we can do to be able to be more diverse and have better depth.”
Saint Francis opposite Nathan Zini put up a team-high eight kills for the Red Flash.
The Warriors prepare to embark on their first road trip of the 2023 season as they play Queens at 2 p.m. HST on Wednesday in North Carolina.