3rd ranked Rainbow Warriors stunned on the road by CSUN

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The third-ranked University of Hawai’i men’s volleyball team suffered its second straight defeat, falling to No. 10 CSUN in straight sets in a Big West Conference match-up at The Matadome. Set scores were 25-18, 26-24, 25-23.
 
The Rainbow Warriors (13-4, 1-2 BWC) saw their eight-match win streak over the Matadors come to an end and lost consecutive matches for the first time this season. CSUN (11-7, 1-2) picked up its first-ever Big West Conference win.
 
The teams meet again Friday at 7:00 p.m. PT (4:00 p.m. HT).
 
UH outside hitter Stijn van Tilburg shared match-high kill honors with CSUN’s Alvis Greene with 18 kills. Van Tilburg hit .333 for the match compared to .438 for Greene.
 
Outside hitter Austin Matautia, who had 18 aces in his last five matches, tallied one of Hawai’i’s four aces, along with seven kills and four digs. In fact, setter Joe Worsley’s three kills were third-most on the team. Worsley directed the UH offense to .193 hitting, the lowest of the season.
 
On a bright spot, Hawai’i tallied eight blocks with middle blockers Patrick Gasman (4) and Dalton Solbrig (3) combining for seven and allowed only two aces to the nation’s No. 3 serving team. CSUN came into the match with 108 aces on the season (1.86 per set).
 
CSUN hit .352 for the match led by Greene’s 18 kills and nine by Dimitar Kalchev, who also had nine digs and one ace.
 
The Matadors jumped out to a quick 5-2 lead in Set 1 with a three-point spurt. Another 3-0 run gave them an 11-6 lead forcing UH head coach Charlie Wade to call an early timeout. CSUN led 19-11 with a block on Matautia and sided-out until the Warriors put together three straight points to pull within 23-17. The Matadors out-hit the Warriors, .379 to .194 in the set.
 
Van Tilburg had three early kills and Matautia’s first ace gave UH an 8-4 lead in Set 2. The lead was 11-6 after a CSUN hitting error before the Matadors slowly chipped away, tying it at 20-20 following hitting errors by Matautia and Rado Parapunov. The teams traded two-point spurts until a CSUN service error gave the Warriors set point at 24-23.
 
With a swing for the set, van Tilburg was blocked by Josiah Byers and Sam Porter. On the very next play, Porter teamed with Eric Chance to stuff van Tilburg again giving CSUN set point. Dalton Solbrig’s attack failed to find the court as the Matadors took a 2-0 lead in the match.
 
CSUN held the advantage for the early part of Set 3 until the Warriors tied it at 19-19 after van Tilburg’s 16th kill. Moments later, a Greene kill coupled with a Matautia hitting error put the Matadors on top 22-20. CSUN managed to side out the rest of the way and put away the match on a kill by Chance.

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