In their first-ever Big West Conference match, the No. 3 Rainbow Warrior volleyball team defeated No. 5 UC Irvine in four sets (25-17, 22-25, 25-22, 25-16) Friday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The Warriors (9-1, 1-0 BWC) were led by outside hitter Stijn van Tilburg who notched his first 20-kill match of the season and sixth of his career with 21 kills on .372 hitting. Opposite Rado Parapunov added 21 kills, hitting .351 on the night.
For the Anteaters (10-4, 0-1 BWC), who dropped their third straight match, they were led by Aaron Koubi's 17 kills on .500 hitting. Karl Apfelbach added 14 kills.
Hawaii will look to stay perfect in conference play this Sunday. First serve is set for 5:00 p.m. HT at the Stan Sheriff Center.
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