No. 2 Hawaii 3, No. 15 Ball State 0

The Rainbow Warriors talked strategy at the net in the second set against Ball State. / Photo by Brian McInnis

FINAL: No. 2 Hawaii completes a 25-22, 25-19, 25-18 sweep of No. 15 Ball State.

8:49: Stijn van Tilburg with his 12th kill, ends it at 25-18.
8:43: Ball state hitting error gives Hawaii the 19-15 lead. TO Cardinals.
8;39: Gage Worsley’s service overpass put back down, Ball State closes to 15-14. TO UH.
836: sorry lost the internet. Hawaii up 15-11 TTO. Stijn van Tilburg with a solo stuff of Matt Szews (his first error) and a kill. Joe Worsley with an ace.
8:28: SVT now No. 10 all-time with 1,178.
8:25: Call stands, SVT remains tied with Ma’a. It is 4-3 Ball State.
8:23: Stijn van Tilburg’s tip shot looked good. Called out. If it’s good, SVT will be at No. 10 in all-time kills, passing Pono Ma’a.

8:09: Colton Cowell ends it 25-19.
8:06: Great sliding set by Joe Worsley to Rado Parapunov makes it 22-17. TO Ball State
8:03: At 20-17, Ball State looked a little confused when trying to sub a couple players in. Had to call a timeout. Brett Rosenmeier in to serve for Stijn van Tilburg.
7:55: Rado Parapunov with an ace, Hawaii up 15-13 at the TTO
7:39: Service error gives Hawaii the 25-22 win. Set streak at 40.
7:38: Call stands. Joe Worsley serving for set at 24-21.
7:37: Ball State challenging Hawaii in to the net. If call stands, it’s 24-21. If overruled it would be 23-22.
7:33: Rare TO for Warriors as Cardinals close to 22-20. Two plays ago it looked like Ball State was in the net when trying to block Rado Parapunov. Call was that Parapunov’s attack hit the floor before the net. IMHO Charlie Wade could have challenged that.
7:29: BSU with its first hitting error. Gives Hawaii the 21-17 lead. TO Cardinals
7:26: Medical timeout. Gage Worsely on the sidelines with a nose bleed.Think it came when he went for the last dig. UH up 19-17.
7:18: Hawaii up 15-10 at the TTO. At one point, Warriors were hitting .800. it has dropped to .579
7:09: Stijn van Tilburg on the BIC, it’s 7-2. TO Ball State. Patrick Gasman 3-0-4
7:03: Hawaii lineup remains the same: Joe Worsley, Gage Worsley, Patrick Gasman, Dalton Solbrig, Stijn van Tilburg, Rado Parapunov, Colton Cowell
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Friday’s matches involving ranked teams
No. 1 Long Beach State def. No. 8 Stanford, 25-18, 25-13, 25-14. Beach hit .655
No. 10 BYU def. No. 3 UC Irvine, 20-25, 25-17, 32-30, 25-19
No. 4 UC Santa Barbara def. Lindenwood, 25-16, 25-14, 20-25, 25-20
No. 5 UCLA def. Ohio State, 25-21, 25-20, 25-21
Austin Matautia match-high 9 kills; Brandon Rattray 4 kills. Bruins had 27 service errors, Buckeyes 19 service errors.
No. 6 Pepperdine def. King, 25-21, 25-16, 25-18
Grand Canyon def. No. 9 Loyola, 25-15, 17-25, 20-25, 25-20, 15-9
No.11 USC up 2-1 over Penn State
No. 12 CSUN def. Saint Francis, 25-21, 25-21, 25-23
Concordia-Irvine def. UC San Diego, 25-14, 25-14, 21-25, 21-25, 15-8
A couple of awards from Off the Block Thursday from the Outrigger
Off the Block National Defensive Player of the Night
Gage Worsley, Hawaii – the Rainbow Warriors libero had a match-high 11 digs in their sweep of King.
Off the Block National Offensive Player of the Night
Kaleb Denmark, Pepperdine – the Waves outside attacker had 11 kills on 19 errorless swings, while adding in two aces in their sweep of Ball State.
Friday’s matches
Pepperdine 3, King 0
Waves take Set 1 25-21. Closer than score looked. King played really well, gave up a couple of late runs of points. It was 17-17 and 23-21.
Pepperdine 25-16 in Set 2.
Pepperdine 25-18 to finish sweep
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  1. Big Island Volleyball Fan March 8, 2019 8:52 pm

    I have a question for you Cindy. It is claimed that UH has an NCAA record number of consecutive sets won, 42, including tonight’s victory. Not really.

    Penn State holds the record of consecutive sets won for women volleyball in 20008 for a total of 111 which was snapped in the national semifinals by Nebraska in sets 3 and 4. They were the only two sets lost that year. Penn State won the fifth set and went on to win the national championship two days later. I remember so well since I watched those matches on ESPN.

    Why isn’t it mentioned that the NCAA record of consecutive sets won by UH applies to MEN’S volleyball only? Are we to understand that this is implied?

  2. vballfan March 8, 2019 9:55 pm

    Tonight, it was interesting to see Ball State kind of tested UH, yet, the Warriors came through in three straight! Congratulations to the team, including coaches.

  3. darkfire35 March 8, 2019 10:01 pm

    2. Yeah, I hope their blocking against Pepperdine doesn’t wait until the 2nd set to show up or they will be really tested on trying to keep their set winning streak alive. But, nonetheless, congratulations to the team for pulling together the win! GO BOWS!

  4. lina March 9, 2019 12:33 am

    1. Not sure if I should laugh (as i’m not sure if that was supposed to be a joke or not) or get annoyed for Cindy who I’m sure is way too busy in her job to be responding to a stupid question like this.

    That said am pretty impressed with the Warriors and how they’ve played the entire season. Would have to assume that many teams are gonna be gunning for them from here on out starting with tomorrow evening. Hope Hawaii can stay focused and not panic tomorrow as Pepperdine looks to bring it. This will be a BIG test for the Warriors.

  5. Cindy Luis March 9, 2019 9:48 am

    1. yes, it should be implied that is is men’s volleyball since that is what is being written about.
    but you are right, I should clarify it.
    3. Agree but it’s how Set 1 went. Neither team had a block in Set 1 and the two are ranked Top 8 nationally. All of Hawaii’s 7 blocks came in Set 2.
    Think the bigger issue is teams targeting SVT on serve. That is one of the weaknesses. So far Cowell and G. Worsley have been able to protect him.
    new thread up on SandBows.

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