HONOLULU – The University of Hawai'i men's volleyball team made history against Lincoln Memorial Friday night in a straight-set, non-conference win at the Stan Sheriff Center. Set scores were 25-12, 25-14, 25-12.
The Rainbow Warriors (9-0), the nation's leader in hitting percentage, set a new program record with a .667 hitting percentage, eclipsing the previous mark of .638 against CSUN in 2001. UH committed only three hitting errors in 51 attempts.
Hawai'i remained perfect on the year with its ninth consecutive straight-set victory to start the season. The teams play again on Sunday and another UH sweep will equal the program record for consecutive straight-set wins.
UH served up nine aces in the victory, including a career-high five by Rado Parapunov, who also tallied six kills, hitting .667. The Warriors recorded 10.5 blocks, led by Dalton Solbrig's six.
Outside hitter Colton Cowell led the Hawai'i attack with nine kills, hitting .571, and matched his career-high in blocking with five. Stijn van Tilburg finished was a perfect 8-for-8 in kill attempts along with two aces in only two sets of action.
Jordan Walley and Evan Cory each had five kills to lead the Railsplitters (7-5).
UH jumped out to a 6-1 lead in Set 1 and never looked back. The Warriors extended their lead to double digits at 19-9 after a van Tilburg ace. UH did not commit a hitting error in the set with 10 kills in 13 attempts (.769) along with four aces and three blocks.
The Railsplitters led the first time in the match in Set 2 after an ace trickled over the tape for a 3-2 lead. But the Warriors regrouped and scored seven of the next eight points for a 9-4 lead. UH went on to hit .778 in the set without committing an attack error for the second straight set.
With Parapunov at the service line, the Warriors jumped out to a big lead in Set 3. Parapunov tacked on two more aces as UH scored the first eight points. UH committed its first error when Cowell hit into the net at 12-5.
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