UH men's volleyball finishes road trip perfect with sweep of UC San Diego
The top-ranked University of Hawaii men's volleyball team made it a clean sweep of its two-week road trip and extended its win streak to 23 with a 25-17, 25-17, 25-16 victory over UC San Diego Saturday.
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The top-ranked University of Hawaii men's volleyball team made it a clean sweep of its two-week road trip and extended its win streak to 23 with a 25-17, 25-17, 25-16 victory over UC San Diego Saturday in a Big West Conference rematch at RIMAC Arena.
The Rainbow Warriors (23-0, 6-0 BWC) won all six matches during their road trip, including both against the Tritons for their 13thstraight over UCSD. UH also extended its NCAA-best set win streak to 69 having won all 23 matches this season in straight sets.
UH was led by opposite Rado Parapunov, who tallied a match-high 18 kills, hitting a spectacular .640. Outside hitter Stijn van Tilburg added seven kills on .545 hitting. As a team, the Warriors hit .471 for the match.
Wyatt Harrison had 14 kills for the Tritons (7-15, 0-6).
UH trailed early in Set 1 before scoring five straight to lead 17-13, capped by a thunderous kill by middle blocker Dalton Solbrig. After a pair of Triton points, the Warriors closed out the set on an 8-2 run. UH hit .526 in the set with Parapunov's third kill ending it.
Hawaii scored the first four points of Set 2 and led 6-2 after a pair of Parapunov kills. The lead was 16-9 after a van Tilburg kill and 22-15 after a Colton Cowell ace. The Warriors closed out the set on a 6-2 run to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
UH scored five straight points for a 7-2 lead in Set 3 that included four Triton miscues. After UCSD closed to within one at 9-8, the Warriors went on a mini-run, capped by a Solbrig ace for a 13-9 lead. The advantage was six after back-to-back kills by Parapunov and Gasman and UH wrapped up the match with Parapunov's 18thand final kill.
Hawaii returns to Honolulu next week for a pivotal two-match series against UC Santa Barbara, April 5-6 at the Stan Sheriff Center.