The University of Hawaii men’s volleyball team stymied Long Beach State with a 23-25, 25-14, 25-13, 26-24 win over Long Beach State on Friday night at SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center.
In what was a rematch of the 2019 national championship game, the Rainbow Warriors got out to a 19-14 lead in the opening set before The Beach rallied to steal it.
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The ‘Bows dominated sets two and three before LBSU pushed UH in the fourth set.
Rado Parapunov had a game-high 17 kills for Hawaii (10-0, 5-0 Big West Conference), while Colton Cowell and Chaz Galloway added 14 and 10 kills, respectively. Cowell also had a career-high seven blocks despite spraining his ankle before the game, while libero Gage Worsley had a season-high 14 digs.
Spencer Olivier led Long Beach State (3-2) with 14 kills.
The Beach and the ‘Bows will conclude their series at 7 p.m. on Saturday night.