No. 1 UH Men's Volleyball remains perfect; beats UC Santa Barbara 3-0
The Rainbow Warriors were tested but were not fazed, extending its set-win streak to 72 with a sweep of third-ranked UC Santa Barbara,
(Hawaii Athletics) - The No. 1 University of Hawai'i men's volleyball team were tested but were not fazed, extending its set-win streak to 72 with a sweep of third-ranked UC Santa Barbara, Friday in the first of two Big West Conference matches at the Stan Sheriff Center. Set scores were 25-18, 25-22, 25-16.
A crowd of 7,733, the largest of the season, witnessed the Rainbow Warriors (24-0, 7-0 BWC) extend their overall win streak to 24, which is now tied for sixth longest in NCAA history. UH also improved to a perfect 13-0 at the Stan Sheriff Center this season and 7-0 in Big West play.
Hawai'i got the win despite hitting a season-low .282 as the Gauchos racked up 11.5 blocks, the most by a UH opponent this season. The Warriors won the battle at the service line though with nine aces, including four by Rado Parapunov and two each by Stijn van Tilburg and Patrick Gasman.
Parapunov led all attackers with a season-high 20 kills, hitting .552. The Bulgarian had 10 kills in the second set as Warriors defeated the Gauchos for the fifth consecutive time. Van Tilburg added nine kills while middle blockers Gasman and Dalton Solbrig each had four.
The Gauchos (17-6, 4-3) were led by Ryan Wilcox's nine kills. Corey Chavers and Jack Truman each had six blocks.
The Warriors reeled off five straight points in Set 1, behind the serving of Gasman, for a 7-2 lead. The advantage was 15-9 at the media timeout before the Gauchos slowly chipped into the lead, closing to within three at 18-15. But the Warriors regrouped, outscoring UCSB, 7-3 to close out the set.
Set 2 featured seven ties and five lead changes in the early going. UH stretched its lead to 18-15 after Parapunov's 10th kill but UCSB responded with four straight for a 19-18 lead. Two more kills by Parapunov gave the Warriors the lead back at 21-20. Hawai'i's first block of the match gave them a 23-21 cushion and Parapunov's 14thkill ended it.
UH jumped out to a 9-3 lead in Set 3 behind a 5-0 scoring run. The Warriors extended the lead to 15-7 at the halfway point and it was never close the rest of the way.
The teams will play again Saturday at 7:00 p.m., in a sold-out Stan Sheriff Center. The sell-out is the first for a UH men's volleyball match since 1997. Following the match, van Tilburg, Solbrig, Joe Worsley, and Brett Rosenmeier will be honored during the traditional "Senior Night" ceremony.