Thank you again to Brian McInnis for covering the blog the past four matches while I was flying to mainland for function and back.
Senior hitter Colton Cowell put down 10 kills and the No. 1 Hawaii men’s volleyball team remained undefeated with a 25-19, 25-19, 25-15 sweep of King today in Bristol, Tenn.
The Rainbow Warriors (9-0) used all 15 of their travel roster against the Tornado (2-4). Senior opposite Rado Parapunov and freshman hitter Chaz Galloway each added seven kills.
Hawaii had 10 services aces, four by freshman opposite Dimitrios Mouchlias and three by Cowell.
Joshua Kim had 11 kills for King, a Conference Carolinas member.
Hawaii returns home from its four-match road trip on Wednesday and will host the alumni match Friday at the Stan Sheriff Center at 7 p.m.
Set 3: Hawaii 25, King 15
3:16: Set 3 is no contest start to finish, as UH’s backups take care of business against King.
3:14: Jakob Thelle has come in to set the very end of this match.
3:13: Four aces for Mouchlias.
3:11: The “A+” side getting a chance to close out this match for the ‘Bows. They lead 18-11.
3:06: Mouchlias up to three aces today, tying for team-high honors with Cowell.
3:05: UH just breezing through this set, 13-4.
3:00: Alaka‘i Todd getting a look as well. He’s in on a block and King calls for time, UH leading 5-2.
2:57: Jackson Van Eekeren in at setter for UH for Set 3. Filip Humler also seeing some action for the first time tonight.
2:56: Through two sets, Cowell has 10 kills on 17 swings, and three aces. Parapunov and Galloway with seven kills each.
Set 2: Hawaii 25, King 19
2:52: Once again, King goes down to a service error after fighting off a couple of set points.
2:49: ACE Dimitrios Mouchlias and Hawaii leads 23-17. Aces really the difference in this set.
2:47: King with a feistier Tennessee crowd than Lincoln Memorial yesterday. Hearing a lot of boos through the live stream.
2:43: James Anastassiades with a back-line ace that the King coach and crowd disagree with. But appears that there’s no video replay available. UH leads 19-14 and King calls for time.
2:41: Back-to-back aces by Cowell — the latter off the tape — and it’s a four-point lead.
2:40: Announcers marveling at Guilherme Voss’ fast arm swing. He just punished one from the middle for a two-point lead, and now it’s 14-11 UH.
2:39: King proving tougher to pull away from here. Tornado draw even at 10 and 11 all.
2:37: The ‘Bows are the first to double digits in Set 2, at 10-8.
2:34: Sheward going aggressively to Parapunov in this set.
2:32: King strikes first in Set 2, only to see Hawaii rattle off four straight points.
2:28: Five kills on six swings for Cowell in the opening set. Parapunov added three, but also had a pair of hitting errors. Galloway three kills and one error.
Set 1: Hawaii 25, King 19
2:26: A third set point fought off by King but the Tornado finally go down to a service error.
2:25: King has fought off a couple of set points and its 24-18 UH.
2:23: UH out of system … Rado Parapunov sets it from the back corner … and Galloway CRUSHES it. Yikes.
2:20: “Shewie” and Patrick Gasman combine on a block and King must call timeout trailing 20-14.
2:18: Cowell puts it down from the back row off a set from Chaz Galloway, who’s fast becoming an integral part of this team. 17-13 UH.
2:16: King broadcasters are referring to with players almost exclusively by their first names. Mayne not a bad strategy given some of the trouble UH’s surnames gave broadcasters earlier on this trip.
2:15: Three kills on four swings for Colton Cowell and UH has opened up a 13-10 lead here in Set 1.
2:09: UH jumps out to a 3-0 lead, only to see King go up 5-4. Gotta wonder how much fatigue will come into play at the tail end of this road trip.
2:08: Brett Sheward gets the nod at starting setter for the second straight day.
2:03 p.m.: Hey all, Brian McInnis here filling in for a little as Cindy returns home. The match is just getting underway at King and the streaming link below should work.