Junior outside hitter Stijn van Tilburg put down 13 kills on only 3 errors to help the Rainbow Warriors (12-2, 1-0 Outrigger) sweep Lewis (13-6, 0-1 Outrigger) on the first day of the Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Invitational at the Stan Sheriff Center Thursday night.
Hawaiʻi got off to a hot start after sophomore outside hitter Austin Matautia made three straight service aces to put the 'Bows up 6-2 in set one. Junior middle blocker Dalton Solbrig added another ace to make it 15-6 at the first media timeout. The 'Bows had a stable lead throughout the first set and did not let Lewis take the lead. At the end of the first set, van Tilburg racked up seven kills, two digs and one block. Sophomore opposite Rado Parapunov added four kills and one dig. The UH offense smacked 17 kills with a .433 hitting percentage to take the first set 25-12.
Lewis fired back in the second set after going on a 5-0 run to put the Flyers ahead 21-18. UH answered back with a 6-0 run and a couple of kills by sophomore middle blocker Patrick Gasman. The 'Bows took set two 25-22 with back-to-back roofs.
The Flyers took the lead in set three 15-14, but was ended by an ace by junior setter Joe Worsley and a pair of Matautia kills to put UH up 19-17. UH went on a late 7-0 run to claim the third set 25-19.
Earlier in the day, BYU rallied to defeat Penn State in five sets 21-25, 29-27, 25-22, 19-25 and 15-13.
Hawai‘i will face Penn State tomorrow on day two of the Outrigger Invitational at 7 p.m.