HONOLULU – The University of Hawai'i men's volleyball team overcame a rejuvenated British Columbia squad for a straight-set win, Saturday in the finale of the two-match exhibition series at the Stan Sheriff Center. Set scores were 25-21, 25-18, 25-17.
 
The Rainbow Warriors swept both matches against the Thunderbirds, who are the defending Canadian national champions. UH officially opens the 2019 season next week with the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Warrior Classic, Jan. 10-12 featuring Concordia-Irvine, NJIT, and USC. 
 
Stijn van Tilburg led the Warriors with nine kills, hitting .333 while Rado Parapunov added eight kills and three aces. UH hit .167 for the match due to UBC's 10 team blocks, however the Warriors tallied 11 blocks of their own and posted eight aces.
 
Coltyn Liu led the Thunderbirds with a match-high 14 kills, hitting .500.
 
UBC's frontine was a factor early on in Set 1 as the Thunderbirds used three blocks for an 11-9 lead. UBC extended its lead to 15-12 at the media timeout with another block and a Matt Neaves ace. The Warriors then used an 8-3 run en route to a 12-5 finish to take the set. Liu's first error after six error-less attempts gave UH a 23-20 lead and van Tilburg ended it with two of his six kills. 
 
The Warriors bunched together a pair of four-point runs for an 11-6 lead to start Set 2. UBC pulled to within 12-10 after three straight UH hitting errors before Hawai'i scored five of six to extend its lead back to six. The Thunderbirds would not go away and continued to frustrate the Warriors at the net with six blocks in the set and limited UH to -.077 hitting. However, Parapunov ripped his third ace for set point and Colton Cowell and Dalton Solbrig combined for a double-block to end it.
 
UH led 10-5 behind sub Brett Rosenmeier, who was on two blocks and served consecutive aces. Rosenmeier's fourth ace of the set put the Warriors on top 20-13 and fittingly, van Tilburg's ace closed out the match.