‘Bows show no sign of rust, sweep Stanford

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HONOLULU – The second-ranked University of Hawai’i men’s volleyball team continued its streak of straight-set wins to start the 2019 season, defeating No. 8 Stanford Friday night in the first of two non-conference matches at the Stan Sheriff Center. Set scores were 25-15, 27-25, 25-22.
The teams play again on Sunday at 6:00 p.m.
The Rainbow Warriors (4-0) were led by junior opposite Rado Parapunov’s 17 kills on .375 hitting with six digs, and four blocks. Senior outside hitter Stijn van Tilburg added 11 kills and two aces while senior setter Joe Worsley dished out 41 assists and a career-high five kills, leading the UH attack to a .364 clip.
As a team, the Warriors had 8.5 team blocks compared to only 1.0 for the Cardinal (7-2), who were led by Jordan Ewert’s 14 kills and 10 digs. Jaylen Jasper, the son of former UH football quarterback Ivin Jasper, added seven kills and four digs.
UH libero Gage Worsley had a match-high 11 digs while middle blocker Dalton Solbrig had five blocks.
The Warriors dominated Set 1, taking a 16-8 lead with four straight point including a pair of Parapunov kills and an ace and kill by van Tilburg. Parapunov would go on to finish the frame with five kills as the Warriors hit .407.
Set 2 was a back-and-forth battle. With the score tied at 20-20, Parapunov’s tough serve forced an overpass and a Patrick Gasman kill. The Cardinal responded with back-to-back points, including an ace by Ewert that trickled over the net. The teams traded points and the Cardinal fended off two set points but not the third as Parapunov’s blast ended it.
UH jumped out to a 6-2 lead in Set 3. The Cardinal fought back to tie it at 13 with four unanswered. The Warriors regained the lead with consecutive kills by Gasman and Colton Cowell for a 17-14 lead. Stanford pulled to within one on four occasions before the Warriors closed out the match with kills by Parapunov and Cowell.  

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