Set streak ended but UH men's volleyball move to 25-0
The No. 1 University of Hawaii men's volleyball team saw its NCAA-record set win streak come to an end but not before winning its 25thconsecutive match and second in as many nights against third-ranked UC Santa Barbara, Saturday on "Senior Night" at the Stan Sheriff Center.
HONOLULU – The No. 1 University of Hawaii men's volleyball team saw its NCAA-record set win streak come to an end but not before winning its 25thconsecutive match and second in as many nights against third-ranked UC Santa Barbara, Saturday on "Senior Night" at the Stan Sheriff Center. Set scores were 25-16, 25-21, 23-25, 25-19.
A sold-out crowd of 10,300, the first sell-out for men's volleyball since 1997, witnessed the Rainbow Warriors (25-0, 8-0 BWC) drop Set 3, which snapped a 74-set win streak. UH and Long Beach State shared the previous mark of 32. Following the match, four-year seniors Joe Worsley, Stijn van Tilburg, Brett Rosenmeier, and Dalton Solbrig were honored during the traditional senior ceremony.
Hawai'i also finished its regular season home record with a perfect 14-0 mark and improved to 8-0 in the Big West this season. One night after hitting a season-low .282, the Warriors hit .351 as van Tilburg and opposite Rado Parapunov each hit the 20-kill mark with 22 and 20, respectively.
Worsley finished with 52 assists and six digs while Solbrig had three kills and five blocks. Rosenmeier got the start, his third of the season, and tallied three kills and eight digs. Libero Gage Worsley had a match-high 11 digs.
The Gauchos (17-7, 4-4) were led by Ryan Wilcox's 13 kills.
UH jumped out to a 6-2 lead in Set 1. The Gauchos evened the score six times before the Warriors used a 9-3 run to take a 21-15 lead. Van Tilburg had three kills and an ace during that spurt. After an UCSB point, Hawai'i scored the final four points to take the set.
In Set 2, the Gauchos tied it at 11 and again at 18 before taking a 19-18 lead after back-to-back kills by Wilcox. The Warriors regained the lead at 21-20 after a block by Solbrig. On the very next play, UH put up another roof by Solbrig and Worsley and scored the final four points to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
UCSB jumped out to a 10-6 lead to begin Set 3. The Gauchos led 16-10 and seemed to be on their way to the victory before the Warriors mounted a comeback. Van Tilburg recorded three straight points during a 4-0 run to pull UH to within 23-21. After a UCSB point, the Warriors scored back-to-back, including another van Tilburg kill to trail 24-23. The Gauchos closed out the set but not after video replay confirmed the UCSB point.
UH surged out to a 10-3 lead in Set 4 behind two aces by Gasman and a pair of blocks. That was all the cushion the Warriors needed en route to the four-set victory.
The Warriors will close out the regular season with a pair of matches at No. 2 Long Beach State, Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13 at the Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif.