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Thank you again to our Brian McInnis for taking care of the blog while I was at a function in California
Warriors used 12 of their 15 players on the trip. Brett Sheward replaces Jakob Thelle at setter last three sets. Gage Worsley with 11 digs. Hawaii (7-0) with 6 aces, 12.5 blocks. Freshman Guilherme Voss in on the final two blocks of Set 4 that gives the Warriors the 27-25 win.
Hawaii holds off two set points at 24-23 and 25-24, ties at 24 and 25. closes it out on the two blocks. Ramblers 5 aces, 7 blocks.
Team travels Sunday to Tennessee. At Lincoln Memorial Monday and King on Tuesday.
FINAL: Rado Parapunov put down a career-high 24 kills, Colton Cowell added 19 and No. 1 Hawaii surged back from a set down for the second straight day on its road trip to beat No. 12 Loyola Chicago 22-25, 25-23, 25-20, 27-25.
Set 4: Hawaii 27, Loyola Chicago 25
5:19: BLOCK Colton Cowell and UH has done it again, winning in four sets after dropping the first for the second straight day.
5:15: Sheward and Voss combine on a block, giving UH its first match point … TIMEOUT Ramblers.
5:14: 25-all. Parapunov with a new season high 23 kills.
5:13: Ruh roh … Loyola set point, 24-23. Will UH rally back? Parapunov squares it at 24, and it’s going to extra points.
5:10: Teams are going point for point into the red zone …
5:06: For the moment, UH goes up, 16-15, on Parapunov’s second ace of the match.
5:03: Hawaii has drawn even at 14 on Parapunov’s 20th kill of the night.
4:58: Loyola is going to make UH earn it. Mini run here by the Ramblers and they lead 12-8.
4:54: As you’d expect, Galloway and Sheward remain in the match. Gotta go with what works.
4:53: All right, I’m back. UH and Loyola knotted at 6-6 here in Set 4.
4:46: Going to step out for a few minutes for the concessions here at the Stan Sheriff Center (getting ready for women’s basketball against Cal State Fullerton). You guys will be OK.
Set 3: Hawaii 25, Loyola Chicago 20
4:45: Sheward goes to the middle to Gasman on UH’s second set point and he puts it away. UH takes a 2-1 match lead.
4:42: ACE off the tape by Mouchlias, his second of the game and it’s back to five. Timeout Loyola.
4:41: Service error by Cowell and an ace by Loyola’s Luke Denton gets the Ramblers back within three, momentarily. Parapunov puts a stop to that with a putdown kill.
4:38: UH gets to the red zone leading 20-14.
4:33: Wade successfully challenges an in/out call and it’s an ace for Parapunov. It’s a four-point run for the ‘Bows and a 17-10 lead.
4:31: The lead is 15-10 for Hawaii at the media timeout. UH hitting .571 in this frame and .342 for the match. “Shewie” is up to 21 assists.
4:28: GALLOWAY. He got up there from the back row and it’s a four-point lead. He just followed that up with a solo block. The kid is good.
4:25: My goodness. Cowell with the emphatic putdown of an overpass, and he wasn’t even really close to the net when he jumped. Three-point lead for the ‘Bows, 9-6.
4:22: “Uncle Pat” Gasman with a big-time solo rejection in the middle and UH ekes ahead 5-4.
4:19: Sheward remains in the game at setter for Set 3.
4:14: UH has taken the lead in blocks today, 4.5-4.0.
4:13: Parapunov is up to 14 kills on 24 swings and Cowell 11 on 22. Rest of the team have combined for seven.
Set 2: Hawaii 25, Loyola Chicago 23
4:09: Cowell puts it down from the back row and UH keeps set point alive long enough for Patrick Gasman and Galloway to combine on a block. UH evens the match 1-1.
4:07: Sheward to Parapunov and UH RETAKES the lead, 23-22. Timeout Ramblers.
4:04: UH goes down three late in the set, but Dimitrios Mouchlias serves up an ace and UH is within 22-21.
3:58: With UH sputtering, Wade gives freshman Chaz Galloway another look off the bench. Galloway helped turn things around mid-match yesterday. However, Ramblers lead 20-17. Timeout Wade, again.
3:54: It’s a three-point run for the Ramblers, who go up 16-15. UH hitting only .167 in this set because of six attack errors.
3:52: Warriors get to the media timeout leading 15-13. Timeout Wade.
3:50: UH opens up a five-point lead, 13-8, but that’s been cut to two for the moment.
3:45: Parapunov picking up where he left off last night. He’s got 10 kills on 15 swings.
3:42: UH played from behind basically all of Set 1, but they’ve got some better mojo going here. They’re up 6-3 with Sheward running the show.
3:41: There’s UH’s first block (by Guilherme Voss and Parapunov) and UH jumps out 3-0 in Set 2.
3:40: Brett Sheward comes in at setter to spell Jakob Thelle, an earlier appearance than last night.
Set 1: Loyola Chicago 25, Hawaii 22
3:36: For the second straight day, UH drops the opening set. ‘Bows did not record a block.
3:31: UH still having trouble with serve-receive, allowing Loyola to creep ahead again, 21-19. Timeout Charlie Wade. Warriors in danger of dropping the opening set for the second straight day.
3:26: Warriors trailed by four but have narrowed it to a point. Check that, they’ve just tied it up at 19 on a kill and an ace by Cowell. Ramblers call for time.
3:21: UH having trouble offering resistance at the net. No blocks yet and Loyola leads 15-12.
3:18: Uncharacteristic attack error from Cowell there and Ramblers lead by two again, 12-10.
3:16: They’re reviewing that last play for an extra touch on Hawaii, I think. Looks like it will stand.
3:14: Great set from Parapunov to Cowell at the opposite pin for a kill. Ramblers lead 10-9, though.
3:12: Rado Parapunov off to a hot start (3-for-4), but Loyola is going point for point with UH in the early going.
3:06: Colton Cowell back in the starting lineup for UH from his two-match absence, good news for the ‘Bows.
3:05: Loyola gets it started with an ace. Serve-receive was problematic for UH at Lewis, too.
2:59 p.m.: Hey all, Brian McInnis here stepping in for Cindy. Let’s see if we have a straightforward broadcast today, shall we?
No. 1 Hawaii (6-0) at No. 12 Loyola (1-4) Saturday, 3 p.m. HST
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Hawaii is coming off Friday’s 20-25, 25-23, 26-24, 25-23 victory at No. 5 Lewis. Rado Parapunov with 22 kills.
Loyola is coming off Friday’s 33-31, 25-20, 25-16 loss to Penn State. It is the Ramblers’ fourth in a row. They are still without all-American setter Garrett Zolg.
Other matches Saturday
Mount Olive at No. 2 BYU
No. 14 Penn State at No. 5 Lewis
UC San Diego vs. Grand Canyon
Ball State at No. 4 UC Santa Barbara
Scores from Friday
No. 2 BYU def. Mount Olive, 25-17, 25-10, 25-22
UC San Diego def. No. 3 UCLA, 25-22, 25-17, 25-21 (didn’t realize it had been 8 years since the Tritons defeated the Bruins. Time does fly)
No. 4 UC Santa Barbara def No. 10 Purdue Fort Wayne, 25-16, 25-16, 25-21
No. 5 Long Beach State def. USC 14-25, 25-21, 25-12, 25-22
No. 7 UC Irvine def. No. 9 Stanford 25-18, 25-23, 21-25, 25-21
No. 14 Penn State def. No. 12 Loyola, 33-31, 25-20, 25-16
No. 13 George Mason def. No. 8 Pepperdine, 25-22, 17-25, 25-20, 25-21
No. 15 Ohio State def. King, 25-19, 25-11, 25-20
Ball State def. CSUN 20-25, 25-23, 26-28, 25-18, 15-12