April 18 – Hawaii senior Rado Parapunov dropped 13 kills and fired five service aces. The senior Rainbow Warrior volleyball team ended the program’s first undefeated regular season with a shot of UC Irvine tonight at the SimpliFi Arena at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Before Parapunov was honored in the traditional night ceremony, he struck. 417 and was in three blocks when the Warriors finished the regular season 15-0 and 10-0 in the Big West game with a 25-17, 25-18, 25-13 win over the Anteaters.
Senior Colton Cowell added eight kills and eight digs, and freshman Chaz Galloway added six kills in 13 tries after missing the series opener by five sets on Friday due to an illness.
Joel Schneidmiller and Francesco Sani led UC Irvine (2-13, 2-8) with nine kills each.
Parapunov, Cowell, middle blocker Patrick Gasman, libero Gage Worsley, backup setter Jackson Van Eekeren and former outside hitter and current student assistant James Anastassiades were recognized at the senior citizens’ evening celebrations.
UH will be the top seed of the Big West tournament, which starts on Thursday in the SimpliFi Arena. The Warriors say goodbye to the semi-finals on Friday.