So much for the notion that No. 2/2 Hawai’i can’t win on the road.
Middle attacker Patrick Gasman had 10 kills on a .909 attack percentage and a match-high five blocks as Hawai’i swept No. 7/8 BYU 25-20, 25-20, 25-14 to win the BYU Invitational on Saturday.
Gasman was one of three Rainbow Warriors to have double-digit kills in front of 4,572 people at the Smith Fieldhouse. Outside attacker Stijn van Tilburg finished with a match-high 13 kills while hitting .500 and opposite Rado Parapunov added 10 kills to help the Rainbow Warriors remain undefeated.
Setter Joe Worsley guided the Hawai’i offense to out-hit BYU .420 to .138. Hawai’i also had a match-best .650 attack percentage in the final game to secure the sweep.
Opposite Gabi Garcia Fernandez in the loss had a match-high five aces to go along with 12 kills.
Parapunov, van Tilburg and Worsley each led the Rainbow Warriors with three aces. Hawai’i finished the non-conference match with 10 aces — five more than BYU.
Hawai’i is the only undefeated team in the nation following No. 1/1 Long Beach State’s loss to No. 11 USC on Saturday. In addition, the Rainbow Warriors have yet to lose a set this season.
Check out the video highlights of the match filmed by Off the Block associate editor Jonathan Bates.