HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Headed into Friday's match against #1 UCLA, the University of Hawaii volleyball team had won 16 straight games at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Their 17th came with a bit of icing on the cake for head coach Charlie Wade; Hawaii's victory over the top-ranked Bruins (18-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-18) was the 100th career win for Wade since arriving in Manoa nearly 6 years ago.
"It certainly makes the argument for us to be one of the upper echelon teams," said Wade after the match. "We've got a couple of nice league wins now, over Pepperdine and UCLA, and those are good programs."
Senior outside hitter Sinisa Zarcovic, who has hit for double-digit kills in each of the 'Bows matches this year, continued that streak on Friday, but Hawaii was led offensively by freshman Stijn van Tilburgh, who rattled home a career high 21 kills against the Bruins.
"We gained a lot of confidence, I think," said van Tilburgh. We haven't played a team of this kind of level so far, so everybody was kind of saying 'What are our limits?' I think tonight we showed a little of what our limits could be.
Kupono Fey and Ian McKellar tied for a match-high 5 blocks a piece on the evening.
UCLA was led offensively by freshman Micah Ma'a, a former Punahou School volleyball player who notched a team-high 9 kills against the Rainbow Warriors.
Hawaii and UCLA will square off again on Saturday, with the first serve set for just after 7 p.m.