Hawaii men’s volleyball: Player interviews after reverse sweep of No. 2 BYU

Opposite Rado Parapunov turned to the crowd as the Rainbow Warriors spilled onto the court after coming back to beat No. 2 BYU 19-17 in Set 5 in what would be the final match of the 2020 season. / Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell, Star-Advertiser

Thursday night’s meeting between No. 1 Hawaii and No. 2 BYU was stunning. Who expected the Rainbow Warriors to be dispatched with such ease by the visiting Cougars?

Friday night’s rematch was jaw-dropping in its own right, as UH rallied from a two-set hole, minus one of its leading attackers in Colton Cowell, to stun the last remaining unbeaten team in the country with a 20-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-23, 19-17 reverse sweep in front of a sellout crowd at the Stan Sheriff Center.


There were heroes aplenty in the comeback.

Rado Parapunov pounded a career-high 30 kills on 50 swings. Jakob Thelle, a reserve in recent matches, came off the bench to settle the Rainbow Warriors’ attack. Freshman Chaz Galloway ably stepped into the lineup in place of Cowell. Patrick Gasman was the most lethal server of the night. Max Rosenfeld came up with timely blocks in making a start. Gage Worsley was amped up to a level rarely seen. The list goes on.

Here’s a collection of video interviews with players in the wild postgame:

Here’s how each set-ender played out:

And an in-the-seats view of the finish:

UPDATE: And here was the call by Kanoa Leahey and Chris McLachlin on Spectrum Sports:

Rado Parapunov and his teammates signed autographs for more than an hour after the comeback win. / Photo by Brian McInnis