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Hawaii men’s volleyball: Rado Parapunov, Colton Cowell, Patrick Gasman will be back for 2021 season

By Stephen Tsai on May 7, 2020

Aloha ball will have to wait another year. Volleyball coach Charlie Wade confirmed his four seniors — including two-time All-American Rado Parapunov — will return for the 2021 season. It was presumed their eligibility had ended in March when the NCAA canceled the remainder of the spring-sport seasons because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But later that month, the NCAA’s Division I Council approved a measure providing spring-sport players “an additional season of competition and an extension of their period of […]

Hawaii volleyball: Rado Parapunov, Gage Worsley named to AVCA All-America first team

By Stephen Tsai on April 21, 2020

Opposite attacker Rado Parapunov and libero Gage Worsley today were named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s All-America first team. It is the second year in a row Parapunov has reached the recognition. In the recently abbreviated season, Parapunov averaged 4.47 kills and 5.28 points per set. Earlier, he was named the Big West’s Player of the Year. Worsley averaged 2.1 digs per set. First-Team Ryan Coenen, LewisGabi Garcia Fernandez, BYUDavide Gardini, BYUDaenan Gyimah, UCLAKyle McCauley, UC San DiegoCasey McGarry, […]

Hawaii men’s volleyball: Rado Parapunov named Big West Player of Year; 4 Rainbow Warriors make BWC first team

By Brian McInnis on April 6, 2020

For the first time since 2003, Hawaii men’s volleyball has a conference player of the year — and the Rainbow Warriors did it without playing a single conference match in 2020. Senior opposite Rado Parapunov earned top honors from the Big West Conference in leading the Rainbow Warriors to a 15-1 record and a No. 2 ranking before the season was prematurely shut down due to the coronavirus threat. UH’s only conference player of the year until today was Costas Theocharidis […]

NCAA ruling: Hawaii’s spring-sport seniors allowed to compete next season

By Stephen Tsai on March 30, 2020

UH’s spring-sport senior athletes will get a do-over thanks to an NCAA ruling. The Division I Council today approved a measure that will provide spring-sport players an “additional season of competition and an extension of their period of eligibility,” the NCAA announced today on its website. The ruling was made in response to spring-sport athletes whose seasons were canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision essentially freezes each athlete’s current class standing, meaning a senior this year will be […]

Hawaii volleyball: Mahalo and aloha

By Cindy Luis on March 25, 2020

The photo is from 1987 NCAA womens volleyball championship at Blaisdell With future UH broadcaster Tiff Wells It was the start of wonderful times sitting courtside together We have been the only mother-son combo in Sports media for over 10 years ******** Good morning all, Apologize for not putting up an earlier explanation of the blog going dark. I was on the mainland last week for my mother’s funeral and all the abnormalities that went along with trying to do […]

Hawaii men’s volleyball: Rainbow Warriors return home, give season cancellation reactions

By Cindy Luis on March 13, 2020

The Warriors returned today. The “Aunties” met them at the airport so they had several lei for the bus ride back to campus. Think they’re still all in shock. Got to speak with the four seniors and Coach Wade. All very gracious in their interviews. Here are video interviews with the four seniors — Patrick Gasman, Rado Parapunov, Colton Cowell, and James Anastassiades — as well as Wade. The four players expressed varying degrees of openness to a return, depending on […]

Hawaii athletics: NCAA to offer eligibility relief for spring sports student-athletes

By Brian McInnis on March 13, 2020

In very quick fashion, the NCAA responded to a groundswell of support for thousands of student-athletes affected by its decision Thursday to cancel its spring sports championships and effectively end the seasons — and in some cases, careers — for those players. The NCAA tweeted Friday, in part, that “eligibility relief is appropriate for all Division I student-athletes that participated in spring sports.” Division I Council Coordination Committee agrees eligibility relief is appropriate for spring sports: pic.twitter.com/u7hwYOyTDV — Inside the […]

Hawaii athletics: List of student-athletes expected to have senior years cut short due to coronavirus threat

By Brian McInnis on March 12, 2020

Some 56 University of Hawaii student-athletes were likely impacted more than the hundreds of others with Thursday’s news of NCAA sports championships being canceled through the spring. The seniors and graduate students. Some were at the tail end of their college careers, like the five basketball players who had the Big West tournaments pulled out from underneath them. Others were less than halfway through their season, like baseball and softball. Barring sports being reinstated in the coming weeks, or some […]