Hawai’i men’s VB dethrones Long Beach for Big West championship

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The University of Hawaii men’s volleyball team is the Big West champions for the first time in school history.

The #2 seeded Rainbow Warriors beat #1 Long Beach State in five sets. 25-15, 25-23, 22-25, 20-25, 15-8.

Hawaii announced it’s second sellout crowd of the season. 10,300 was the paid attendance. 

Senior Stijn Van Tilburg led everyone with 25 kills and no hitting errors for a .543 hitting percentage.

Junior outside hitter Colton Cowell racked up a career high 18 kills. The Maui product produced his highest statistical two games of the season in the tournament.

The Warriors went up two sets to none and then lost the next two. The only non-close set was the first.

It’s the ‘Bows first win versus LBSU in the two teams three meetings this year. All three have gone to five sets.

Both teams are expected to be in the NCAA Tournament in two weeks. The seeding anouncement will be made early Sunday morning.

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