Much was on the line tonight.
Two unblemished records.
Early national implications.
No. 2 vs. No. 3.
And it was Hawaii-UCLA for the 93rd time.
Something had to give.
As a Stan Sheriff Center season-high crowd of 4,328 watched, it wasn’t the Rainbow Warriors.
Behind 15 kills from sophomore opposite Rado Parapunov and 13 from junior Stijn van Tilburg, Hawaii prevailed 23-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-19. Junior hitter Brett Rosenmeier added 10 and junior setter Joe Worsley a double-double (36 assists, 14 digs) as the Warriors (7-0) ran their home winning streak to 26.
Senior libero Tui Tuileta finished with 10 digs for Hawaii, which outdug UCLA 43-24.
The Bruins (7-1) won the block war 13.5-8. Daenan Gyimah led UCLA with nine kills.
The match lasted 2 hours and 17 minutes. It was Hawaii’s third straight win over UCLA.
The teams meet again at 5 p.m Sunday.