HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - They may not have been able to beat the second-ranked team in the country on Friday night, but that doesn't mean the University of Hawaii men's volleyball team didn't play the role of spoiler.
#2 Bringham Young, winners of 11 consecutive matches headed into Friday night, had won an incredible 33 straight sets before the Rainbow Warriors managed to prevent a sweep in the third. After winning the first and second sets of Friday's contest, the Cougars managed to run that streak to 35 straight before falling to Hawaii in the third.
Despite dropping the third set to Hawaii, BYU rebounded for a fourth-set victory and a win, extending their overall win streak to 12 matches and sweeping the series in Honolulu for the first time since 2012. 6'9 sophomore Ben Patch notched a game-high 17 kills, hitting .263 along the way.
Sinisa Zarcovic, Kupono Fey and Stijn van Tilburgh all totaled double-digit kills for the 'Bows despite the loss.
Hawaii (10-9, 5-9) has now lost eight of its previous nine matches, dating back to a February 6th loss against UCLA at the Stan Sheriff Center. Their only win during that strech came on the road against USC on February 15.
The 'Bows next play on March 11, 2016, against CSUN in Northridge, California.