Volleyball team loses on the road
LOS ANGELES » They lost the dig battle. They lost the sideout battle. And they lost the match.
vs. USC today
No. 14 Hawaii came into the Galen Center with plenty of motivation last night, needing to beat No. 12 USC to move into a better position for a playoff berth. Instead, the Warriors slipped behind the Trojans in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation standings after a 30-22, 24-30, 30-26, 30-24 loss.
It was Hawaii's third consecutive road defeat heading into today's rematch. The Warriors (9-11, 6-9) take on the Trojans (10-12, 7-9) again at 4 p.m. Hawaii time.
"We need to make an emotional investment when we play them again," Hawaii coach Mike Wilton said. "Boy, we just didn't show up at all tonight.
"We played OK until it got to 15 in Games 1, 2 and 3. But we gave up points in droves and (Murphy) Troy went off on us."
The USC freshman had a career-high 32 kills and freshman hitter Tri Bourne (AOP '07) had 20 digs, the most by a Trojan this season.
Jim Clar had 16 kills for Hawaii before re-injuring his shoulder late in Game 4. Wilton said Clar will miss tonight's match.