RIVERSIDE, Calif. — No. 12 California Baptist fought its way back from a 2-1 deficit to win in five sets on Saturday against No. 10 Hawaii.
The Lancers won 3-2 (25-14, 24-26, 23-25, 25-21, 15-13) for the second night in a row against the Warriors.
“I knew after [Friday] that the same team wasn’t going to be out there for [Hawaii],” CBU Head Coach Wes Schneider said. “They played a lot cleaner match and that made it tough on us. We made some ill-timed errors at a few points, but we kept our composure and got it going.”
After battling back to force a deciding set, the Lancers carried their momentum right on in to the fifth.
The teams traded points through the early part of the final set, but going into the eight-point break, Levi Cabral blasted two kills to give CBU an 8-6 lead.
Cabral’s smashes turned out to be the difference down the stretch as he pounded three more to help propel the Lancers to the win in the final game. His final one of the night ended the match.
“We noticed some things after the BYU matches and we’d been working on them to get more consistent,” said Schneider, whose team hit .372 in the match. “Offensively I liked what I saw. We did a much better job [Saturday].”
After the Lancers and Warriors split the opening two sets, the third game was a battle. Hawaii raced out to a 15-11 lead in the set as CBU committed six errors early on. The Lancers clawed their way back in, evening the game at 17 on a block by Cabral and Amir Lugo-Rodriguez, forcing a Warrior timeout.
After the teams traded sideouts, a CBU service error followed by a Hawaii block gave the Warriors a 22-20 lead and caused a Lancer timeout.
The Lancers hit just .176, committing eight errors in the third.
Far from done, though, CBU tok an early three-point lead in the fourth, getting help from two Hawaii cautions.
Hawaii finally found a run, getting a triple block to make it 21-19 late, but immediately gave the point back on a service error. CBU held on for the win as Guilherme Koepp smashed a kill and then followed with an ace to close the set.
The Lancers hit .409 in the opener and .476 in game two, but were outpaced to the finish in the second set as Hawaii posted 15 kills. CBU had no errors in the first game and just one in the second.
Cabral and Koepp led the team with 21 kills each and Brett Anderson posted 55 assists. CBU out-blocked the Warriors 8.5-6.0. Rocky DeLyon got in on five of those blocks and posted six kills. Sinisa Zarkovic led Hawaii with 15 kills and Brook Sedore posted 14.
The win moved CBU to 10-11 and dropped the Warriors to 7-14.