On a night it honored its 2022 national championship team with the unveiling of another national trophy banner, the University of Hawaii men’s volleyball team defeated No. 6 Ball State in four sets for the second night in a row, 23-25, 25- . 23, 25-18, 25-18.
Undaunted by an enthusiastic opening night crowd of 6,148, the Cardinals were aggressive in Set 1 and jumped out to a 12–6 lead, scoring late in the first set to edge the ‘Boz.
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After Hawaii won set 2, the Rainbow Warriors went on an 11–4 run to start the third set and never looked back. Dimitrios Mouchalias had 13 kills and a career-high six service aces, four of which came in the third.
For the match, Spyros Chakas had a match-high number of kills with 22 for the second night in a row.
For Ball State, Caleb Jenness had a match-high in kills for the second night in a row with 15. And for the second night in a row, Jakob Thiele had a match-high assists with 54.
Next up for Hawaii is the series against St. Francis (PA), starting Wednesday at 7 p.m.