John Buffington looked down at the gymnasium floor and shook his head. He and the other Cal State Northridge volleyball players had just lost to the University of Hawaii in three games, 15-11, 15-6, 15-11. It was the second California Intercollegiate Volleyball Assn. loss to the Rainbow Warriors in a week.
And Buffington knew only too well why his team lost.
"Just too many errors," Buffington said, "like hitting out of bounds and not passing the ball right. They're getting points without putting the ball away or really blocking us.
"All we needed was a couple more points. I know we could beat 'em. Every time it's the same thing, just too many errors."
The 6-3 middle blocker made very few himself, however, as he led CSUN (1-7) with an all-around performance that included nine kills, two perfect serves, several blocked hits and aggressive defense.