Senior outside hitter Stijn van Tilburg put down nine kills and hit .571 to lead the University of Hawai'i past Concordia-Irvine in three sets, 25-13, 25-12 and 25-20 on day two of the HAL Rainbow Warrior Classic, which took place Friday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The 'Bows (2-0) hit .435 against the Eagles, and advance to the tournament championship match against USC tomorrow for the second straight year. USC defeated NJIT earlier today in four sets, 25-17, 24-26, 25-23 and 25-15.
In set one, the 'Bows jumped out to a 12-7 lead with consecutive blocks by junior middle blocker Patrick Gasman. Senior setter Joe Worsley and senior middle blocker Dalton Solbrig put up a double-block to extend the 'Bows lead to 17-10. Junior outside hitter Colten Cowell made two aces to make it 22-11.
Concordia-Irvine scored the first two points of set two, but the 'Bows scored nine straight points to force the Eagles to use two timeouts. Parapunov put down six kills in the set to help the 'Bows claim the 25-12 victory for a 2-0 lead.
UH took a 14-6 lead in the third set with a 10-2 run, including five unanswered points. Junior opposite James Anastassiades made five kills in seven swings to complete the 'Bows' sweep over the Eagles, 25-15.
The 'Bows and USC will face off tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.