More on last night’s matchup between Hawaii Baptist and Newport Harbor (Calif.) at the Clash of the Titans boys volleyball tournament at Hemmeter Fieldhouse.
Newport Harbor was off-key in the opening set, then played lights-out the rest of the way for a 22-25, 25-14, 25-16, 25-16 win.
“We got back into a little bit of rhythm,” Sailors coach Dan Glenn said. “We didn’t get into a rhythm (Thursday) night. Punahou kicked our butts.”
Newport Harbor, which is 7-5 overall and 1-1 in its Sunset League back home, also got 10 kills and an ace from Will Connelly and 42 assists and three aces from senior Jackson Carmack. Zack Martin (eight kills) and Rusty Sary (six) provided more targets for Carmack.
Glenn experimented with his personnel, starting Ian Sequeira at libero, but keeping his regular libero, Penn State-bound Connor Curry, in the lineup.
The Sailors, ranked No. 35 in ESPN Rise’s Fab 50, hit .364 and added eight aces (with 16 service errors) to keep the Eagles on their heels.
Ryan Leung led HBA, ranked No. 19, with 16 kills. Sophomore Chad Barretta (eight kills and freshman Michael Fisher (seven) also paced the Eagles, but overall they struggled against the Sailors’ wall. HBA hit .113 and had just one ace with 11 service errors.
“The answer’s not in the lineup,” Glenn said. “We have to learn to compete at a high level.”
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