Rainbow Warriors upset No.1 Long Beach State in five-set classic

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - For the second straight night, the sixth-ranked University of Hawai'i men's volleyball team took No. 1 Long Beach State to five sets. But tonight, the 'Bows got the better of the visiting side.

The Warriors came away with a five-set victory (25-21, 22-25, 23-25, 25-20, 15-11) Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center. Hawaii (18-7, 6-4 BWC) spoiled the Beach's perfect season, handing them their first loss in 25 matches.

With the win UH locked up the No. 2 seed in next week's Big West Tournament.

Opposite Rado Parapunov led the Warrior attack with 19 kills, hitting .256 while outside hitter Stijn van Tilburg added 17 kills and three service aces. Middle blockers Dalton Solbrig and Patrick Gasman each had nine kills while Gasman had a match-high seven blocks.

Another reason to celebrate tonight's win for Hawaii was saying the senior night festivities as the program said aloha to libero Larry Tuileta and defensive specialist Mamane Namahoe.

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