In its first match in front of home fans in almost two years, the No. 1 University of Hawaii men’s volleyball team opened its 2022 season with a 25-14, 25-23, 25-18 sweep over No. 7 Loyola-Chicago at SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center on Wednesday night.
For Hawaii, Wednesday’s match against the Ramblers was its first home contest in front of fans since a five-set thriller over BYU that was also a sellout on March 6, 2020.
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Before Wednesday’s contest took place, the 2021 national title team was commemorated with a championship banner ceremony, which was led by Maui native Colton Cowell, one of the 2021 team’s captains in 2021.
Before 2,092 fans, the Rainbow Warriors cruised through Set 1 and hit an efficient .609 as a team with no attacking, service, blocking or reception errors.
In the second set, UH rallied from an early 11-7 deficit to take a 2-0 lead going into intermission.
Hawaii raced to an 8-0 lead in the third set to complete the sweep and start off its 2022 campaign 1-0.
Setter Jakob Thelle set the tone for a balanced offensive effort with a match-high 33 assists for the ‘Bows. Additionally, sophomore Chaz Galloway had a match-high 11 kills for UH.
Cole Schlothauer had a team-high 10 kills for Loyola-Chicago (0-1).
The Rainbow Warriors will close out their two-game set against the Ramblers on Friday at 7 p.m.