Hawaii men’s volleyball: Hawaii 3, Nittaidai 1; BYU tickets selling briskly

Nittaidai of Japan warmed up for the first of its two exhibition matches against Hawaii on Wednesday. / Photo by Cindy Luis

FINAL: No. 1 Hawaii overcomes a slow start to defeat Nittaidai of Japan in four, 19-25, 25-18, 25-17, 25-20. Rado Parapunov put down 10 kills and UH outblocked the visitors 19.5 to 3.5 to swing the outcome.

Set 4: Hawaii wins 25-20

8:56: Warriors with their 19th stuff ends it.
8:53: Hawaii with its 18th block. It’s 23-19. TO Nittaidai.
8:44: Warriors up 15-11. TO Nittaidai.
8:32. Hawaii with a new lineup. Jakob Thelle, Chaz Galloway, James Anastassiades, Dimitrios Mouchlias, Max Rosenfeld. Constants are Gage Worsley. and Guilherme Voss.

Set 3: UH wins 25-17

8:28: Just as happened in Set 2, Nittaidai service error gives the Warriors the win on their second set point.
8:17: Filip Humler with Hawaii’s sixth ace. It’s 14-8. TO Nittaidai.
8:07: Rado Parapunov with two aces and the Warriors a 4-0 lead.Colton Cowell also with his first kill. TO Nittaidai.

Set 2: UH wins 25-18

7:53: Service error by Nittaidai gives Hawaii the win on the Warriors’ second set point. UH being outdug 19-9 but winning the block war 10-2.5.
7:45: Patrick Gasman with the service overpass. It’s 18-12. TO Nittaidai.
7:40: Ace by Guilherme Voss puts the Warriors up 12-10. TO Nittaidai.

Set 1: Nittaidai wins, 25-19

7:27: Nittaidai does something no one else has done this season in the SSC. Takes a set off Hawaii. Warriors hitting a season-low .167. Jakob Thelle came in to set for Brett Sheward at 22-18.
7:22: Nittaidai with its second ace. It’s 20-17. TO Warriors.
7:16: Hawaii pulls to 15-13. TO Nittaidai.
On another note, tickets are selling briskly for next week’s matches with No. 2 BYU. Would suggest looking into buying this week.
Starting for the Warriors:
Brett Sheward, Gage Worsley, Patrick Gasman, Filip Humler, Rado Parapunov, Guilherme Voss, Colton Cowell
Hawaii vs. Nittaidai, 7 p.m.
No radio or TV
Live stream with audio (Tiff Wells the regular UH broadcaster)
watch/listen click here
Live stats are working. yay
Live stats click here
Wednesday match
No. 3 UC Santa Barbara (A) def. No. 9 Pepperdine, UCSB up 25-20, 25-16, 25-17


  1. Don February 26, 2020 6:58 pm

    No Japan national anthem…how disrespectful when Nittadai traveled all this way to give UH 2 games…

  2. Cindy Luis February 26, 2020 7:07 pm

    1. I know. I agree. Thought they were going to.
    The Japanese flag is up next to the U.S. and Hawaiian flags

  3. Kauaiboy February 26, 2020 7:31 pm

    Hawaii looks lost… this Japanese team is pretty good!

  4. jm2375 February 26, 2020 8:19 pm

    Quick sets to the middles seem to be working well for UH.
    Don’t see Eleu Choy out there tonight. Is he OK?

  5. rage February 26, 2020 8:23 pm

    Do all Japanese teams do the run around the court thing? I remember in the 80s wondering why the women were all running around in random circles after a point/sideout. When two Japanese teams play each other, everybody must be running around in circles.

  6. Auntyz February 26, 2020 9:38 pm

    During set 4, saw Rado seated with an ankle iced. Hope he’ll be OK for next week.

  7. Matt February 26, 2020 10:16 pm

    Okay…so Cowell didn’t have a good outing against Nittaidai. What made up for that was Hawaii almost posting up 20 blocks in an exhibition game with a 1/2 block shy of that. But it was nice to see some run given to the reserves to play against a tough exhibition team from Japan. I thought they played solid despite the team as a whole being challenged early on.

    But yeah, Rado’s ankle would have to be something to monitor on because it would be imperative that he is needed to face BYU. Without a doubt, it’ll be hard if Rado sits out by then. Hopefully, he’ll be ready once BYU marches to town because Cowell cannot be the main constant to handle BYU’s offense, and it would make Gasman, Voss and Humler more expendable to try and navigate around BYU’s defense. BYU is playing really well and it would be disheartening if this team played BYU without Rado and dropped both games. That series is going to dictate who will stay No. 1 during regular season, and it is a biggie for both Charlie Wade and Shawn Olmstead. Let’s stay hot and keep this win streak rolling!

  8. Big Island Volleyball Fan February 26, 2020 11:07 pm

    I was surprised that there was no reticence to bring in a Japanese team despite the Corornavirus epidemic there. Last thing this team needs is for its starters to get sick. I saw that some festivities in Japan were canceled due to the disease.

  9. Cindy Luis February 27, 2020 10:53 am

    4. Choy was there. wasn’t dressed.
    5. definitely a different style after winning a point. Part of the entertaining style
    6. Parapunov fell back on one of his last attacks in Set 3, landed awkwardly. He was walking on it fine after match. The plan had been to sub out the starters so that’s what happened after Set 3.
    7. Parapunov is fine. no need to start any speculation.
    8. I had asked last week and this week about the coronavirus. UH said no concern but that was before things escalated.
    Nittaida was already here when things started getting worse in Japan with the closures.
    Hate to say it but Olympics may be in danger.

  10. Cindy Luis February 28, 2020 2:55 pm

    new thread up for Friday

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