Hawaii volleyball: Warriors remain No. 1; SandBows up to No. 4

Hawaii’s Rado Parapunov set up for a block off a hit by Nittaidai’s Shota Fujiwara last Wednesday. / Photo by Andrew Lee, Special to the Star-Advertiser

Ahead of this week’s dual showdowns with BYU, Hawaii (14-0) remained at No. 1 in today’s AVCA poll, receiving 12 of the 16 first-place votes. BYU (16-0) received the other four in staying at No. 2.

There was no change in the top seven that has five Big West teams ranked. UC Santa Barbara (12-2) is at No. 3 followed by Long Beach State (9-1), Lewis (13-4), UC San Diego (13-3) and UC Irvine (8-7).

Meanwhile, the SandBows (7-2) have moved up a spot to No. 4 in this week’s AVCA beach volleyball poll, with a team they split dual matches against, LSU, supplanting UCLA at No. 1. UH went 4-0 at Stanford’s Bay Area Classic last week.


  1. rabbit ears March 2, 2020 10:57 am

    Glad to see Harlee on our side. She would give the wahines fits indoor.

  2. OIB March 2, 2020 1:19 pm

    I wonder if Jakob would be willing/able to convert to OPP next year like UCSB’s former setter DeWeese has converted to OH this year?

  3. UHVoice97 March 2, 2020 7:51 pm

    2. Out of necessity, perhaps. But with UH’s depth, I don’t see Thelle moving to another position. With UCSB, I think one of their middles got hurt early in the year. Coach McLaughlin moved an OH to middle and DeWeese to outside. I may be mistaken, but that’s what I’ve noticed. Someone please correct me if I’m wrong.

  4. Kahuna March 2, 2020 8:37 pm

    We will have tons of talent at the OPP. We really don’t need Thelle moving there. We just need Jakob to get better as a setter.

    Dimi, Cole and the incoming Greek freshman Spyros Chakas are good enough to not need Thelle to move over. Dimi and Spyros are probably Greek National Team candidates.

  5. OIB March 3, 2020 5:27 am

    Thank you for your perspectives, UHVoice97 and Kahuna!

    Hogland had a great result in night two, and I hope that that wasn’t just a one-off in terms of his abilities. I was impressed with Rosenfeld’s serving, and am feeling better that he might be able to fill the huge hole to be left by Gasman’s graduation.

  6. shar March 3, 2020 2:52 pm

    I thought Jakob did an amazing job in Set 3 against Nikktaidai on Friday night. In fact, all of the reserves did well during that set. Chaz is an amazing hitter as are Filip, and Demetrius.

  7. Cindy Luis March 4, 2020 4:41 pm

    2. they won’t move Thelle to opp. as others have stated, Warriors already have plenty of options there and another next year.
    It will be interesting to see if Van Eekeran decides to graduate as he is on track to do this May or stay for his master’s at Shidler.
    I believe Austin Buchanan, one of the two incoming setters for next season, will be in the arena this week.

  8. Kahuna March 4, 2020 4:47 pm

    Austin must really be chomping at the bit to come. I have seen him the last two years at SSC. Two years ago with his mom and dad on the floor . Last season, I saw him walk by my seat on the lower level.

    I hope he can give us that setter with size. UCLA’s 6-10 Denmark setter is not all that great. Hope Austin can bring more to the table than that guy.

  9. Cindy Luis March 4, 2020 4:56 pm

    new thread up for Wednesday with Big West tournament ticket info.
    8. who knows if he’ll play as a freshman. They will have the luxury to redshirt both of the incoming setters.
    Size is good but it’s not everything. Sheward is 6-2 and has beat out two 6-6 guys this season.
    And Worsley was amazing last season. Listed at 6-foot.

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