Hawaii men’s volleyball: Big West championship Warriors 3, 49ers 2

Hawaii outside hitter Stijn van Tilburg (4) reacted after a point against the UC Irvine in the Big West semifinals. / Photo by Jamm Aquino, Star-Advertiser

UPDATE: Here’s the breaking on UH’s epic five-set win over Long Beach State for the Big West tournament championship.

Set 5 UH wins it 15-8
1058: Dalton Solbrig kind of knocks down the overpass on Joe Worsley’s serve.
1050: Stijn van Tilburg with the service overpass. It’s 11-6. TO Beach
10:41: UH up 6-3. TO Beach
Set 4: Beach wins 25-20
10:32: Ace by TJ DeFalco ends it 25-20.
10:27: TJ DeFalco with two more kills and it’s 21-18. TO UH
10:22: Hawaii called for overlap, Beach up 19-15. TO UH
10:17: Kyle Ensing with an ace gives Beach the 15-14 lead at the TTO.
10:08: Colton Cowell has a career-high with 14 kills and Stijn van Tilburg with his 19th It’s 8-5. TO Beach.
Set 3: Beach wins 25-22
9:57: TJ DeFalco ends it with his ninth kill, 25-22.
9:54: Stijn van Tilburg 15-0-27. Warriors close to 23-22. TO 49ers. Amazing Hawaii is even in it after eight service errors.
9:49: Colton Cowell blocked, his first hitting error. Beach up 21-18. TO UH
9:42: Beach up 15-13 at the TTO. Great blind bumpset by TJ DeFalco out of system to Kyle Ensing.

Set 2: UH wins 25-23
9:16: Colton Cowell ends it 25-23.
9:11: Beach called in the net. No way Alan Knipe will challenge then he’d be out of challenges. Instead he calls a timeout.
9:10: Call stands. Hawaii up 22-21.
9:08: Beach challenging whether Hawaii was in the net on an attack by Ethan Siegfried. If not Hawaii is up 22-21.
9:04: Service error by Joe Worsley and Ethan Siegfried’s third kill gives the 49ers the 20-19 lead. TO Hawaii.
9:01: happy easter in California. Stijn van Tilburg stuffs TJ DeFalco. UH up 19-18. TO Beach.
8:55: Beach’s first SE of Set 2. UH leads 15-14 at the TTO.
8:53: Call stands. It’s 13-13
8:52: Hawaii challenging whether Kyle Ensing’s serve is in or out. If it stays, Beach has tied it at 13. if not, Hawaii has the 14-12 lead.
8:43: Match officially sold out.
8:39: Beach wins challenge. It’s 3-2
8:38: Beach challenging whether there was a touch on the block. If not overturned, Hawaii would be up 4-1.

Set 1 UH wins 25-15
8:35: Sorry, lost the internet. Warriors win 25-15. UH hitting .485, Beach .185. UH 4-5-1 in blocks. Colton Cowell 4-0-5, Stijn van Tilburg 5-0-7.
8:20: Hawaii up 15-8 at the TTO. The Warriors’ best serving rotation so far is when Stijn van Tilburg is on the back line.
8:17: Hawaii up 13-8. TO Beach. Colton Cowell 4-0-4.

It is loud in here. Fans gave the teams a standing ovation when they walked out for the national anthem and Hawaii Pono’i. As top seed, Beach is the home team and is starting out where Hawaii usually does.
Same lineup for Hawaii; Joe and Gage Worsley, Stijn van Tilburg, Dalton Solbrig, Colton Cowell, Rado Parapunov

Saturday, 8 p.m. HST, Stan Sheriff Center
No. 1 seed Long Beach State (26-1) at No. 2 seed Hawaii (26-2)
TV: Spectrum Sports
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ICYMI from previous thread
Saturday results
EIVA championship
At Princeton
No. 1 seed Princeton (17-2) outlasts No. 3 Penn State to advance to NCAA tournament, 28-26, 22-25, 25-18, 20-25, 15-13 Tigers’ first berth in 21 years
At Lewis
No. 1 seed Lewis (25-5) advances to NCAA tournament, sweeps No. 2 Loyola 25-17, 25-18, 25-19
At Pepperdine,
No. 1 Pepperdine def. No. 3 USC, 25-23, 25-21, 27-25 to advance to NCAA tournament


  1. rage April 20, 2019 5:59 pm

    Now does the committee pick USC, UCSB, or UCI?

  2. Cindy Luis April 20, 2019 6:21 pm

    1. that is the question
    IMHO it shouldn’t go to USC. The Trojans do have the only win over Long Beach State (not that that did Hawaii any good in 2018) but the MPSF is the second-best conference in the country. I think it should go to a Big West team.
    However if you look at all the data points that selection committee will use, USC has the edge.
    Best advice I can give you is to check out OffTheBlock’s updated bracketology

  3. rage April 20, 2019 8:03 pm

    Strange seeing UH come out of the visitor tunnel

  4. jmy April 20, 2019 8:30 pm

    From everything that most people are saying, neither team needs tonight to make the tournament…it will be interesting to see who gets the at-large. I think that SC has the inside track…can anyone explain how Barton got an at-large already?

  5. Don April 20, 2019 8:35 pm

    4. Seeding…we win, we should get the #1 seed and face the winner of the lower seeded play-in game.

  6. Ki April 20, 2019 8:36 pm

    Barton did not get an at-large. They got an auto bid for winning their conference tournament

  7. rage April 20, 2019 8:36 pm

    4. Barton won the ConfCarolinas conference championship.

  8. Cindy Luis April 20, 2019 8:40 pm

    6-7. never said Barton was at-large. they won Conference Carolinas earlier in the week.

  9. rage April 20, 2019 8:53 pm

    I remember in the UV days that the crowd booed Paul Nihipali of UCLA. He loved it though, he was waving for more.

  10. Beauston April 20, 2019 9:00 pm

    49ers did a great job adjusting on set 2, Warriors seemed stuck.

  11. Don April 20, 2019 9:12 pm

    Amado swore at the r2…f word…RED CARD!!!

  12. Big Island Volleyball Fan April 20, 2019 9:20 pm

    UH must keep the pedal to the metal – never let up. Even though Long Beach doesn’t need to win this match, the guys are playing for pride and no way they want to be swept by Hawaii in three straight sets. Expect Long Beach to come on fire in set 3.

  13. Haolepino April 20, 2019 9:22 pm

    Come on Hawaii!!! I’m falling asleep here in SoCal hahaha

  14. Big Island Volleyball Fan April 20, 2019 9:29 pm

    13. How can you fall asleep when the match is so close and exciting? I deliberately stayed up late this morning to be able to stay up late tonight. I’m also in California and we will have to be up past 1 AM and maybe even till 2 AM.

  15. Big Island Volleyball Fan April 20, 2019 9:32 pm

    14. Correction: I meant slept in late this morning.

  16. Beauston April 20, 2019 9:33 pm

    It’s 3:30am in DC. Let’s gooooo!!!!!

  17. Beauston April 20, 2019 9:41 pm

    Cowell playing lights out

  18. Big Island Volleyball Fan April 20, 2019 9:52 pm

    We are going to be up very late in the mainland. Looks like the Bows are starting to tire out while Long Beach is on fire, but that was to be expected. What wasn’t expected was so many service errors by UH. At least I’m not sleepy yet.

  19. Beauston April 20, 2019 9:56 pm

    These Service errors are killing set 3 for the Warriors.

  20. Big Island Volleyball Fan April 20, 2019 10:02 pm

    Warriors need to refocus and cut down their service errors. Otherwise, no surprise that the Beach won the third set. Bows must get their second wind and put them away in the fourth set. Don’t give the Beach second or third chances.

  21. Beauston April 20, 2019 10:10 pm

    18 same here

  22. Big Island Volleyball Fan April 20, 2019 10:21 pm

    Yikes, looks like Beach will be granted its third chance! If the Bows can’t beat them on their home court, no way will they beat them in the national championship match at the Blue Pyramid.

  23. Andrew April 20, 2019 10:23 pm

    Not liking the chances if this goes to a 5th. LBSU has all the momentum and the energy

  24. Beauston April 20, 2019 10:24 pm

    At some point I wonder when Wade will call for the time out.

  25. Andrew April 20, 2019 10:28 pm

    I wonder if not having to go deep into matches this season is playing a factor

  26. Beauston April 20, 2019 10:29 pm

    Solbrig was in Worley’s way too many times I’m concerned they might ran into each other.

  27. Andrew April 20, 2019 10:33 pm

    Body language not looking good.

  28. Big Island Volleyball Fan April 20, 2019 10:35 pm

    Beach sure has the magic and I wouldn’t be surprised that they’d take the fifth set as well. Guess the Bows will have to wait till next year for a run at a national championship.

  29. Beauston April 20, 2019 10:36 pm

    Wade needs to make the adjustments on the Warriors end. 49ers did since set 3 and so far Hawaii has no answer in addition to their service pressure. Put Humeler in. What’s there to loose at this point?

  30. Beauston April 20, 2019 10:38 pm

    It took 5 sets for Wade to react!

  31. Lloyd April 20, 2019 10:53 pm

    Greetings from Washington DC. im still up screaming and no sleep yet. like 5 am now.
    Go Bows for the trophy.

  32. Chicken Grease April 20, 2019 10:58 pm


  33. Beauston April 20, 2019 11:03 pm

    30. Where you at? DC here too!

  34. Beauston April 20, 2019 11:04 pm

    That line up change made a huge difference in set 5 like it did for 49ers in set 3 and 4!

  35. Chicken Grease April 20, 2019 11:05 pm

    Tonight’s Warriors is Avengers: Endgame-like. THIS is the 1 in 14 million way, Hawai’i/b> defeats Tha . . . err, I mean, LBSU!

  36. Big Island Volleyball Fan April 20, 2019 11:05 pm

    I’m so glad that the Warriors proved me wrong tonight. This match played out like a high-stakes TV drama, where comes a point it looks so bad and grim and suddenly the hero(es) find a way to pull out of a desperate hole and triumph. Great win, Bows! Even if our guys don’t win the national championship, I will regard them as champions, first time Big West Champions! Hurrah!

  37. Haolepino April 20, 2019 11:06 pm

    Great game. Congrats to the team, they stepped up when they needed to most. I will see you at the Final Four! Let’s go Bows!!!

  38. Chicken Grease April 20, 2019 11:07 pm

    Welcome Washingtom D.C. Warrior fans!

  39. Chicken Grease April 20, 2019 11:11 pm

    Stijn is tourney MVP.

  40. Art Masi April 20, 2019 11:15 pm

    I pick Hawai’i to win the whole enchilada. Si. Muchos grande. Y mi llama es el …Art Masi.

  41. Lloyd April 20, 2019 11:29 pm

    32…. going to bed with tears of JOY. Amazing,,,,, unbelievable… Good Night. 5:30 am . here at Northwest Capitol…..

  42. greenthumb April 20, 2019 11:36 pm

    What a great evening of volleyball! So much appreciation for our team and coaches. And the fans for bringing the spirit and the noise.

  43. Ki April 20, 2019 11:37 pm

    In your BREAKING NEWS, you state Hawaii receiving an at-large but by winning the Big West Championship, don’t they receive the automatic bid?

  44. Art Masi April 20, 2019 11:59 pm

    Nice touch Hawai’i. Now win one for Hawai’i.

  45. Art Masi April 21, 2019 12:21 am

    Con amor,

    Art Masi

  46. Manoafan April 21, 2019 1:17 am

    Nightmare is that at 7am during the selection program, for some reason, even though Hawai`i has an automatic bid, the NCAA will find some reason to put UC Irvine in our place.

  47. Art Masi April 21, 2019 2:00 am

    I guess the selection committee felt the big west was it.

  48. Art Masi April 21, 2019 2:09 am

    Long Beach State is a great team. They play well with Hawai’i. Their star player Nick Amado and Kyle Ensing led Long Beach State to a national title. All the while beating Hawai’i. Who also beat Ohio State earlier last year. Ohio State has 4 national titles. Hawai’i has 1. One in 2002. And possibly, 2019.

  49. islandman April 21, 2019 9:55 am

    The Bracket:


  50. islandman April 21, 2019 10:24 am

    The team hearing the news of #1

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