#4 Hawaii men’s volleyball team rallies for straight-sets win at #14 UC Irvine

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Hawaii vs. Dimitrios Mouchlias posted a career-high 31 tiebreakers and the No. 4 Rainbow Warriors rallied for a five-set victory over No. 14 UC Irvine today in Irvine, Calif.

A day after earning the second seed and a bye in the Big West tournament, the Warriors rallied from a 2-1 deficit to end the series sweep over the Anteaters with a 21-25, 25 -18, 25-27, 25-20, Victory 15-11 at the Bren Events Center.

Mouchlias flew past his previous best of 21 sets on Jan. 31 in a loss at Ball State to help UH earn a five-set victory for the second straight Saturday in the Warriors’ regular-season finale. The second posted his total wins in 49 attempts and reached .510 for the match. He also served two aces and assisted on five blocks.

UH outside hitter Spyros Chakas added 16 kills and center tackle Guilherme Voss contributed seven kills on 11 swings and was on seven blocks.

UH managed to defeat UC Irvine to Francesco Sani’s 24-kill performance in the program’s 11th straight win over the Anteaters. Freshman outside hitter Hilir Henno added 15 kills.

UC Irvine went 9-2 midway through the first set and held off a UH rally to take their first series lead.

Mouchlias had seven-point serve as part of a 10-2 UH push and the Warriors retired to tie the game.

The third set was a parallel duel and UH had a set point at 25-24 when Sani was credited with a controversial kill when it was decided his attack had hit the net. The Anteaters took the lead with a block and Doug Dahm’s kill in the middle gave the Anteaters the set and a 2-1 lead in the game.

UH took a 19-13 lead in the fourth set and forced a fifth when Chakas fired an ace on set point.

The teams traded points and UH took a 9-8 lead on a Sani triple block. After Sani came back with a kill to level it again, a Chakas kill sparked a 5-0 run that included four UCI attacking errors. The Anteaters beat two set points before Chaz Galloway scored from the back line to end the game.

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