Lindenwood Edges Hawai’i in Set Winning Percentage for Tourney Title

  0 Wendy Mayer | January 14th, 2018 | Big West, College - Men's Indoor, Conference Carolinas, EIVA, MPSF, News

As the Grow the Game Challenge  in Nashville, Tennessee, drew to a close on Sunday, two teams came out undefeated as Lindenwood and Hawai’i went 3-0. In the end, Lindenwood was awarded the championship trophy on set winning percentage.

No. 7 Hawai’i closed out its tournament with sweep of No. 14 Grand Canyon and Lincoln Memorial. Lindenwood wrapped up its effort with a sweep of vote-getter Barton.

Hawai’i used a balanced and efficient offense to make its way past Grand Canyon, hitting at a .409 clip, including a .517 effort in the final stanza, while four players notched seven or more kills. Junior outside hitter Stijn van Tilburg downed a match-high 14 kills at a .407 clip, while sophomore opposite Rado Parapunov followed with 10 kills, a team-best five blocks and five digs.

The Rainbow Warriors kept their offense rolling against Lincoln Memorial, hitting .423, while also outserving LMU 7-0 in aces and outblocking their foe 12-4. Brandon Rattray carried the offensive load in the match with 14 kills and a .400 hitting effort, followed by Colton Cowell’s 11 kill outing.

For its part, Lindenwood served up nine aces and bested Barton 10-5 on the block en route to a sweep. Sophomore opposite Charley Hlavin and senior outside Nathan Van Dellen paced Lindenwood with 12 and 10 kills respectively. Hlavin hit at a .409 clip, while Van Dellen hit .286 and added five blocks and two aces.

Grow the Game All-Tournament Team

Barton: Wilfredo Rivera

Charleston: Brandon Greenway

Grand Canyon: Ashton King

Hawai’i: Stijn van Tilburg, Joe Worsley

Lincoln Memorial: Evan Cory

Lindenwood: Sam Schindler, Nathan Van Dellen

McKendree: Brendan Schmitt


Grow The Game Records

Hawaii 3-0: W 3-1 vs. Barton; W 3-0 vs. Grand Canyon; W 3-0 vs. Lincoln Memorial

Lindenwood 3-0: W 3-0 vs. Erskine; W 3-0 vs. North Greenville; W 3-0 vs. Barton

McKendree 2-0: W 3-1 vs. Limestone; 3-0 vs. Lincoln Memorial

Charleston 2-0: W 3-1 vs. Limestone; W 3-0 vs. Erskine

Grand Canyon 2-1: W 3-0 vs. North Greenville; W 3-0 vs. Limestone; L 3-0 vs. Hawaii

Barton 0-2: L 3-1 vs. Hawaii; L 3-0 vs. Lindenwood

Lincoln Memorial 0-2: L 3-0 vs. McKendree; L 3-0 vs. Hawaii

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About Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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