Hawai’i MVB improves to 22-0 by beating UC San Diego

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LA JOLLA, Calif. – The top-ranked University of Hawai’i men’s volleyball team ran its season-long win streak to 22 following a 25-15, 25-22, 25-17 victory over UC San Diego Friday in the first of two Big West Conference matches at RIMAC Arena.
The Rainbow Warriors (22-0, 5-0 BWC) extended their NCAA-record set win streak to 66 with their 12thconsecutive victory over the Tritons. UH is a perfect 5-0 on its current two-week road trip, which concludes with a rematch with the Tritons on Saturday. 
Hawai’i used its big block to dismantle the Tritons (7-14, 0-5). The Warriors tallied a season-high 12 blocks, including eight by middle blocker Patrick Gasman. The Clovis, Calif., native and reining Big West Defensive Player of the Week, pushed his season total to 98 stuffs. 
UH was led by outside hitter Stijn van Tilburg, who tallied a match-high 13 kills, with no errors, hitting .650. Opposite Rado Parapunov added 11 kills on .389 hitting. Setter Joe Worsley dished out 29 assists and led the Warriors to a .468 clip. 
Logan Clark led UCSD with nine kills. UH limited the Tritons to .146 hitting and only one block. 
Gasman tallied three early blocks for a 6-2 lead in Set 1. The Warriors had four blocks before reaching the media timeout with their lead extended to 15-10. UH finished with five blocks in the frame for the 25-15 victory.
The Tritons got their first lead of the match at 13-12 in Set 2 before the Warriors battled back for a 19-16 advantage. With hanging on a slim 21-20 lead, outside hitter Colton Cowell ended a long rally with an out-of-system kill. The teams sided-out before a van Tilburg kill and Gasman-Parapunov double-block ended it at 25-22.
UH jumped out to a 13-9 in Set 3. Back-to-back blocks extended the lead to 18-12 and the Warriors were never threatened the rest of the way.
Saturday’s rematch is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. PT (4:00 p.m. HT) start at RIMAC Arena.

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