Freshman opposite Stijn van Tilburg put down 15 kills en route to Most Outstanding Player honors and No. 7 Hawaii swept No. 8 Lewis 25-16, 25-23, 25-12 to earn the championship of the 22nd Outrigger Resorts Invitational men’s volleyball tournament Sunday evening at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Senior hitter Siki Zarkovic added 10 kills and three aces for the Rainbow Warriors (3-0), who won their 12th consecutive home match dating back to last season. Junior middle Iain McKellar finished with three aces for Hawaii, off to its best start since going 4-0 in 2003.
It was also the Warriors’ seventh Outrigger title, their first since 2010.
The Flyers (2-1) were led by senior middle Bobby Walsh and freshman hitter Julien Moses, both of whom finishing with seven kills. It was Lewis’ second runner-up finish in six appearances.
In Sunday’s first match, senior hitter Branden Clemens put down 11 kills and Harvard had 10 service aces in a 60-minute sweep of King for third place.
The Crimson (1-2) picked up their first win of the season quickly and efficiently, hitting .474 and out-blocking the Tornado 9-2. Sophomore setter Marko Kontich had four of the aces and junior hitter Casey White was in on six of the blocks for Harvard of the EIVA.
Senior middle Matthew Lychock and sophomore hitter Jeff Sprayberry each had six kills for King (0-3), a fourth-year program out of Conference Carolinas.
Joining van Tilburg on the all-tournament team were Warriors teammates Zarkovic, senior libero Kolby Kanetake and junior setter Jennings Franciskovic. Also named were Lewis’ Moses and junior middle Jacob Schmiegelt, as well as Harvard’s Clemens.