By Stephen Tsai
Writers use "improbable" as a default word to describe, well, improbable outcomes. But, yes, the volleyball Warriors did construct an improbable victory in defeating nemesis (another default word) Brigham Young last night.
The Cougars were No. 2 nationally, poised to win the MPSF's title outright, and were beating the kukai out of the Warriors in the first two sets. "There was only one team on the court," outside hitter Siki Zarkovic said.
And then the Warriors rallied, and kept rallying, to end a seven-match losing streak in this series.
Here are seven things of note:
1. The outcome moved the Warriors into a tie with UCLA for eighth place in the MPSF with three regular-season matches remaining. Only the top eight teams qualify for the MPSF playoffs.
2. But wait, the Warriors actually are a match up on UCLA, according to the tie-breaker formula, having swept the season series.
3. Once again, Charlie Wade stuck with players struggling statistically. Zarkovic had an atrocious start, with two kills and six errors in the first two sets. But he hit .450 in the final three sets and finished with 12 kills. Jace Olsen also had a pedestrian line — eight kills, seven errors, .038 hitting — but his energetic presence was much needed on the court. "You have to dance with the one you brought," Wade said.
4. Not sure who does the accounting, but the in-house attendance appeared to be more than the announced turnstile count of 2,501.
5. There was no television coverage. But your blog host did take video of Nick West's kill at aloha point. Here's the video: Aloha point video.
6. So maybe the Rubberband Man didn't really retire. Click on this: Hackbarth video
7. It's aloha ball for five seniors — West, Olsen, Johann Timmer, Joby Ramos and Aniefre Etim-Thomas — who will be playing their final home match tonight.
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This is the first day of pads (shells?) for spring football.
Practice starts at about 10:30 a.m.