Hawaii men’s volleyball: Rado Parapunov POW, Warriors down to No. 2, SandBows stay at 4 in AVCA polls

Gabi Garcia Fernandez and BYU took five of eight sets from Hawaii last week and supplanted the Rainbow Warriors at No. 1 in the AVCA poll this week. / Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell, Star-Advertiser

Rado Parapunov was named Big West Player of the Week.
Will add more after interview

BYU replaced Hawaii at No. 1 in this week’s AVCA poll, receiving 15 of 16 first-place votes.

Nos. 3-5 stay the same: UCSB, Long Beach State and Lewis.

UC Irvine and UC San Diego tied for No. 6, again giving the Big West five of the top seven.

No change in Top 4 in the beach volleyball poll other than LSU (12-2) is a unanimous No. 1.

No. 2 is UCLA (11-2), No. 3 is Florida State (12-1) and Hawaii is No. 4 (7-2). UH was inactive last week.

Cal Poly (7-2) traded spots at 5-6 with USC (5-4).

Long Beach State (4-4) dropped to No. 16.


  1. Andrew March 9, 2020 9:46 am

    Dropping in the rankings to #2 at this point doesn’t really matter much. At least they showed they can beat BYU. If they lost both matches, I would have been quite worried for their championship chances.

  2. Matt March 9, 2020 10:33 am

    Well…I had a feeling that it wasn’t going to end pretty. Usually when a team splits their matches, I would have thought that it would have stayed the same. Maybe because of set difference, that’s why BYU was now #1.

    At this point, Hawaii better prepare themselves because the road isn’t going to be easy, especially we’re going to run across to CSUN and Pepperdine on the road. This team better not get caught up in their rematch win against the Cougs and focus on these three matches on the road because that’s what sort of started that downward spiral 2 years ago, in which Hawaii was on a 4-game losing streak, which had included those three road games by those same opponents, all as losses.

    At this point, you gotta hope Cowell will be prepared and ready to go when conference play starts because Rado can’t do everything for the team, and Humler, Voss, and Gasman are going to have to pick it up if that’s the case. Galloway’s fine, but once the competition gets more tougher, that’s where he’s going to need to improve. That was emphasized in the BYU rematch. Although had 10 kills, he had 6 errors to boot. He did show some solid contribution and held his own, which is a good sign. Now, it’s a matter if we can take care of business and tackle the conference gauntlet. Let’s get it going!

  3. Cindy Luis March 9, 2020 10:59 am

    1. polls don’t matter. just putting it up as an informational point.
    2. should not be a surprise. Not a normal split
    BYU had an impressive 3-0 victory, Hawaii won in 5 and it could have gone either way.
    not a matter of Cowell being prepared. It’s a matter of him being well enough to play.
    As for Galloway. The stats don’t tell the story. You have to look at the type of sets he got which led to some of the errors.

  4. turfwar March 9, 2020 11:49 am

    Galloway was great. He was a huge contributor in more ways than kills. And you had to be impressed by how he handled himself in the post match TV interview. Mature young man.

  5. jmy March 9, 2020 12:30 pm

    The only poll that matters is the final…

  6. shar March 9, 2020 2:16 pm

    I think the reserves did an admirable job. They are coming of the bench “cold” and while they should always be prepared, it doesn’t take a while to get acclimated once you are called. I think they all stepped up. Galloway played well, Max’s present was there at the net, Jakob set well, esp. given some of the way the balls were set. They gave everyone their money’s worth on Friday.
    I sat in front of a girl who was so critical of everything that went on during a woman’s game. Finally, some one turned around and said, “do you want to get down on the court and show us how it’s done?”
    Win or lose, the games are so much fun. I look forward to them a lot. Sometimes I have to tell myself I am watching a college team and not a professional team. (not to demean college sports but the majority of the team is under 22 years of age,

  7. OIB March 9, 2020 3:03 pm

    Go, Rado!


    Chaz’ stats didn’t qualify him for BWC FOW, but we would have lost the rematch without him.

  8. lina March 9, 2020 4:21 pm

    I’m thrilled about the rankings! Would have also wanted to be lower than UCSB- who, like Hawaii played BYU to five sets, but lost; BUT did it in Provo, which is impressive.

    Anyway, without the number one ranking, that bullseye comes off- although not completely… they are still ranked above all the other conference members.

    They’re also not undefeated anymore, so any pressures or thinking of that notion is gone.

    And most importantly, though they drop down in rank to BYU, they still were able to defeat BYU- the only team thus far to do so!

    Just need to focus on their next road trip… which is also a slight worry, give the horrible horrible memory of the 2018 season. Hope they just stay focused!

  9. Auntyz March 9, 2020 6:48 pm

    I agree with #4 turf war, Galloway was very well spoken in the post game interview. Emphasis on very. Maikai no Chaz.

  10. Cindy Luis March 9, 2020 6:55 pm

    9. he is well-spoken. very polite young man. There is a video of him a few weeks back on the blog.
    Sooooo the question was about the Set 4 rotation. Wade told me today why, a little TMI, and then he said the same thing during Call the Coach.
    He normally goes to the bathroom between Set 2 and 3. he didn’t Friday. and after Set 3 he “really had to go.” so he gave Zarkovic the rest of the lineup card and Milan apparently did some chicken scratch changes. Joked that they were in Rotation 7. (which doesn’t exist).
    Refs called it 3 times. First time they were out of rotation. second time they weren’t which led to the replay. third time they still were but they let it go and Wade then did a challenge, using it as a timeout to remind their players where they were.

  11. Cindy Luis March 9, 2020 8:21 pm

    new thread up with a potential schedule change next week.

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