In the first round of the NCAA tournament the fourth seeded Rainbow Warrior (27-5) volleyball team played the fifth seeded Penn State (21-11) and won in five sets.
The Warriors came out to a slow start and lost the first set 25-23.
Hawai‘i came back to tie the match at one set a piece after winning in extra points 27-25.
Penn State took back the lead by winning the third set 25-17.
Hawai‘i was able to come back and extend the match to five sets by winning the fourth set by the largest deficit 25-14.
The game was won when the Warriors annihilated Penn State 15-4.
Hawai‘i out hit Penn State .276 to .143. Hawai‘i showed how they are one of the top blocking teams in the nation with 17 blocks.
Sophomore opposite hitter Stijn van Tilburg led the Warriors with 20 kills. Freshman middle blocker Patrick Gasman had seven blocks. Senior setter Jennings Franciskovic had 49 assists and one of the three team service aces. Sophomore libero Larry Tuileta contributed 10 digs.
The Warriors will go on to play the first seeded Ohio State on May 4 in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament. The match will be live streamed on NCAA.com at 2 p.m. HST.