The Rainbow Warrior volleyball team started off strong against the No. 2 UCLA Bruins, but fell short as UCLA defeated the No. 3 Warriors in four sets (22-25, 25-20, 25-22, 32-30) Sunday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The Bruins (8-1) rebounded from a one-set deficit for the win behind Honolulu-native Micah Ma’a’s six assists, two aces, and six digs. Also leading the way for UCLA was Christian Hessenauer, who recorded 20 kills on the night.
Hawaii (7-1) lost for the first time at home since March 4, 2016 against BYU. Opposite Rado Parapunov finished with a team-high 18 kills, hitting .419. Coming off the bench to help spirit the Warriors comeback was Austin Matautia, who finished with nine kills, hitting .438.
Stijn van Tilburg also tallied 13 kills on the night.
The Warriors will now move forward to host the inaugural Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger Classic, Feb. 1-3, featuring Lees-McRae, Thompson Rivers and professional team Academy United.
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