UH Men’s Volleyball Eclipses Best Start With 14th Straight Win
The Rainbow Warriors (14-0) eclipsed the program's best start of 13-0 in 1996 and extended their set win streak to 42 on the season.
(Hawaii Athletics) - The second-ranked University of Hawai'i men's volleyball team improved to 14-0 following a sweep of No. 15 Ball State Friday on Day 2 of the 25th Outrigger Resorts Invitational at the Stan Sheriff Center. Set scores were 25-22, 25-19, 25-18.
The Rainbow Warriors (14-0) eclipsed the program's best start of 13-0 in 1996 and extended their set win streak to 42 on the season. UH will seek its ninth Outrigger title on Saturday in the championship match against No. 6 Pepperdine, who also improved to 2-0 in the tournament with a straight-set win over King in the day's earlier match.
The victory was also UH's 300that the Sheriff Center since moving into the facility in 1995. The program's all-time record is 300-109.
UH was led by junior opposite Rado Parapunov's 19 kills on .571 hitting. Senior outside hitter Stijn van Tilburg added 12 kills and two aces and in the second set, moved into 10th place on the program's all-time kills list. Brothers Joe and Gage Worsley each chipped in with eight digs. The Warriors hit .453 for the match with six aces and eight total blocks.
Matt Szews had a team-high 15 kills for the Cardinals (9-10), who fell to 0-2 in the tournament and will play King in Saturday's opening match.
In the first set, the Warriors scored eight unanswered for a 10-2 lead. The Cardinals battled back to within two but UH scored three straight including an ace by James Anastassiades for a 22-17 lead. BSU pulled to within 22-21 but the Warriors closed it out with two kills of Parapunov's 10 kills in the set and a BSU service error.
The teams traded side-outs for the early part of Set 2 until Parapunov's ace gave the Warriors a 15-13 lead. A Worsley-Patrick Gasman double-block put UH up by three. Moments later, a Cowell block followed by a Parapunov kill extended the lead to 22-17 and the Warriors went to take Set 2.
Set 3 began with seven ties and three lead changes before the Warriors reeled off three straight for a 12-10 lead. The lead shrunk to 15-14 after three unanswered by the Cardinals. UH surged back ahead 19-15 following kills by Cowell and Parapunov and scored five of the final seven points to end the match.
In the day's opening match, Pepperdine swept King, 25-21, 25-16, 25-18. The Waves hit .447 for the match and tallied 11 aces. Clay Carr and Kaleb Denmark each had 12 kills for the Waves.