No. 2 Hawaii 3, King 0, Warriors tie program record at 13-0

Things were a blur as Colton Cowell smashed down a set from Joe Worsley for a kill against King University on Thursday. / Photo by Brian McInnis

Senior hitter Stijn van Tilburg continued his climb up the career kills charts and No. 2 Hawaii (13-0) tied the program’s best start when sweeping King 25-8, 25-15, 25-7 in tonight’s second match of the 25th Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Invitational at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Van Tilburg put down five kills to move into 11th place all-time with 1,170, eight shy of passing Pono Ma’a (1,177) for 10th. The Rainbow Warriors extended their NCAA-record consecutive sets won to 39 with their 13th straight sweep.

Hawaii can surpass the 1996 team for the best start in program history with a victory over No. 15 Ball State in tomorrow’s 7 p.m. match. The Cardinals (9-9) were swept by No. 6 Pepperdine in 81 minutes, 25-13, 25-23, 25-21 in today’s opener.

The Waves (12-4) and Tornado (10-6) meet at 4 p.m. Friday. The round-robin event concludes Saturday.

Hawaii, the nation’s top team in hitting percentage (.478) coming into the week, finished at .540. The Set 1 score against the Tornado was the fewest points for an opponent this season, surpassing the nine points by Lincoln Memorial in Set 1 on Feb. 17

Set 3. UH wins 15-7
8:13: James Anastassiades with UH’s 13th ace and then a kill to end it.
8:06: Deja vu. Hawaii up 15-5 at the TTO.
7:57: Jakob Thelle in at setter, Brett Rosenmeier starting, Colton Cowell back in as well with Filip Humler.
Set 2: UH wins 25-15
7:46: Warriors got a little sloppy after leading 18-6. Couple of service errors and unforced hitting errors. Still, their hitting .500 for the match.
7:37: Hawaii up 15-5 at the TTO. Warriors hitting .605.
Stijn van Tilburg has passed Naveh Milo for No. 11 all-time kills.
7:26: Max Rosenfeld in for Patrick Gasman, Brett Rosenmeier in for Colton Cowell
Set 1: UH wins 25-8
7:22: Hawaii wins it 25-8 on an ace by Stijn van Tilburg. Fewest points of the season. Lincoln Memorial scored 9 a couple of weeks ago.
7:14: Hawaii up 15-5 at the TTO. Warriors were hitting .700 (7-0-10), down to .375.
7:09: Four minutes in and Hawaii up 10-1. TO King. Tornado’s lone point was on Joe Worsley’s service error. Colton Cowell with 3 kills, 2 on service overpasses
Warrior lineup the same
Stijn van Tilburg 4 kills away from passing Naveh Milo (1,168) for No. 11. 13 from passing Pono Ma’a at No. 10 (1,177)
Joe Worsley, Rado Parapunov, Stijn van Tilburg, Patrick Gasman, Dalton Solbrig, Colton Cowell, Gage Worsley
Updating radio for Hawaii Thursday
Warrior radio broadcast will be live and synced with Big West TV single camera
watch here
Warrior broadcast on radio will be joined in progress on 1420-AM after men’s volleyball
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Livestats here
No. 6 Pepperdine 3, No. 15 Ball State 0
Waves win Set 1 25-13. Wasn’t that close. Pepperdine opened 6-0. was 17-7 at one point
Waves take Set 2 25-23. Cardinals held off two set points.
Waves complete sweep with 25-21 win in Set 3.
Livestats here


  1. Big Island Volleyball Fan March 7, 2019 8:50 pm

    Interesting that there were no comments from viewers. Aside from unforced errors, there was nothing to harp on the UH players. I thought that the University of King and their mascot were both misnomers. They certainly didn’t play like kings or tornadoes, but rather looked as if a twister suddenly hit them.

    Cindy, with your colorful writing, you might mention this strange anomaly in your article. I like your metaphors and similes when you write your full coverage on volleyball matches.

  2. Cindy Luis March 8, 2019 4:13 pm
    new thread up for Friday
    1. It’s King University.
    agree not much to harp on. Or maybe folks weren’t watching.
    thanks for the kind words. but sometimes one can get overly cute or reach too much when using metaphors.

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