Rainbow Warriors off to a program-record 19-0 start

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PROVO, Utah—The second-ranked University of Hawai’i men’s volleyball team tied a program record by winning its 19th-straight match with a sweep of Princeton, 25-17, 25-18, 25-22 on Day 2 of the BYU Invitational at Smith Fieldhouse.
The Rainbow Warriors (19-0) also extended their NCAA-record set win streak to 57 to remain undefeated on the season. For the second-straight match, outside hitter Stijn van Tilburg led the Rainbow Warriors on offense, recording 11 kills while outside hitter Colton Cowell added 10 for his fourth double-digit kill match of the season along with two of the team’s three service aces.
Setter Joe Worsley dished out 33 assists while coming up with five digs and two blocks. UH, the nation’s leader in hitting percentage, hit .382 for the match, its second-lowest output of the season. The Warriors recorded 10 team blocks, including four each by middle blockers Patrick Gasman and Dalton Solbrig. The duo also chipped in with four kills apiece hitting a combined .889.
Princeton (10-11) was led by Parker Dixon’s 11 kills while Greg Luck had a match-high seven blocks.
Hawai’i slowly pulled away in the first set for a 25-17 win. The set was close early on, but a 5-to-1 run gave the Warriors some breathing room and a 15-8 lead from which they built on. Pacing the ‘Bows in the first frame was van Tilburg who buried four kills while both Gasman and Cowell added three apiece.
Set 2 was a much closer battle. The teams were tied 15 times with five lead changes to start the set. But the Warriors closed out strong, pulling away to end on a 5-to-0 scoring run with Cowell serving four points. He ended Set 2 with a service ace that gave UH a 25-18 win and a 2-0 lead.
Hawai’i used a 7-to-1 scoring run to take a 12-7 lead early in the third set and led by as many as six points a few times midway through the third set. But the Tigers clawed their way back on a 7-to-1 run of their own—including five straight points late to tie the score at 20 and again at 21. The Warriors however did not panic but instead pulled away, scoring four of the last five points for a 25-22 win that ended on a double-block by Solbrig and Worsley.
The Warriors will take on host No. 8 BYU in the final match of the BYU Invitational, Saturday at 3:00 p.m. HT. BYUtv will televise the match and it can also be watched at byutv.org.

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