Hawaii men’s volleyball: FINAL No. 1 Hawaii 3, King 0

Rado Parapunov and Hawaii look to close out their road trip with a 4-0 record today at King. / Photo by Steven Erler, Special to the Star-Advertiser

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.

No. 1 Hawaii (8-0) at King (2-3)
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Streaming video click here


  1. Hi5Ho January 21, 2020 2:21 pm

    I like the camera angle for the match. It’s like were right on top of the players.

  2. Harvey January 21, 2020 2:27 pm

    Interesting commentary. If you’re not sure of the pronunciation of the Hawaii players’ last name, only use their first name.

    “James back to serve.”

  3. vballfan January 21, 2020 2:38 pm

    Or just calling players by their numbers.

  4. iGrokSpock January 21, 2020 2:53 pm

    I finally got around to Google Map King and Lincoln Memorial and dang, those two schools are out in the boonies of the boonies.

  5. Matt January 21, 2020 6:30 pm

    Once again, and I’ll say this once more, I’m starting to like Mouchlias. He seems to have a firm grasp with his skill set at the opposite position, and looking like what could be the next candidate to replace Rado next year. He has the technique, he has the poise, and has made solid contributions since being with the team. Even Galloway has been top-notch with the team. Considering that Galloway was recruited heavily by a lot of the west coast teams, I’m actually starting to like the way he’s been performing with us. Chaz is hitting a fat percentage for a freshman, and is averaging 2 kills per set. He could be Colton Cowell’s replacement next year if he keeps performing like this.

    But Mouchlias, considering how much he’s put on the line, he’s gotten really deadly with his serving. 9 aces so far, and for a freshman, it’s ungodly. I really have started to like what he’s done for the team, and I think the other teams should consider watching out for him, because whether it’s Rado or Dimitrios, they’re both deadly whether it’s serving or killing the ball down.

    Conceptually, Sheward getting the start once more in place of Thelle is kind of a curious choice by Charlie Wade. I’m not sure what’s really running to his mind, but whatever it is, let’s just hope that’s the right choice because if the other tough teams scout them, we could be facing trouble. But yeah, the depth to this team is really what is the trademark in this 2020 season, and Charlie’s not afraid to switch it up a notch. I love what I am seeing so far in this season.

  6. UHVoice97 January 21, 2020 9:45 pm

    2. & 3. I thought it was pretty funny. The girls sounded like students just starting out announcing. They could’ve done some research ahead of time in preparation for the match. What got me was Hawaiʻi’s starters weren’t introduced, but King’s lineup was. And the p.a. announcer did not announce players’ names when a play (kill, block, etc.) or substitution was made. I’m spoiled by what we have at the Stan Sheriff Center. LOL

    Interesting observation: of the 15 players on the travel roster — 3 – setters, 4 – middles, 5 – outside hitters, 2 – opposites, 1 – libero — no extra DS/L available. I get it that Shea and ʻEleu may be walk-ons (correct me if I’m wrong). It would be nice to have one of them available on road trips to help stabilize passing/back row defense, if needed.

    There’s a lot of offensive firepower on this first travel roster of the season. Defensively, I notice we didn’t dig as many balls as I’m used to seeing (of course the great blocking has something to do with it). Just a thought. Be as it may, the team is doing well and gaining valuable experience in preparation for the tougher portion of the schedule. Like Charlie has said, they’re searching for the right combination and depth is only good if you use it. Aloha!

  7. Hot January 21, 2020 10:11 pm

    6. I’m wondering as well about the absence of defensive specialists on the travel roster (especially with the tendency to struggle with passing), and why the likes of Devon Johnson made the trip. Nothing about Johnson’s performances prior to this trip warrants his inclusion and I do not see the need for five left-side hitters.

  8. sports for fun January 21, 2020 10:25 pm

    Maybe the King commentators heard or read about the Lewis fiasco, so they decided to play it safe. I dunno.

  9. UHVoice97 January 21, 2020 10:46 pm

    7. What we don’t see is the work players put in at practice and in the weight room. Making the travel roster is a reward for those who, in the eyes of the coaches, have dedicated themselves to being a better player and help the team get better. If Devon is on the A+ side and has helped to make the A side better, he deserves to make the travel roster.

    But then again, I’m sure the coaches will evaluate the team’s performance on the road and assess any needs for the next trip. Especially the one in March when they play at CSUN on a Friday and Saturday, then go to Pepperdine the following Tuesday. That is where they stumbled the year UC Irvine was picked over Hawaiʻi for the NCAA at-large bid. The Rainbow Warriors will be ready this time.

  10. OIB January 22, 2020 11:27 am

    +1 on the lack of ‘Eleu or Shea.

  11. Aiea 7 January 22, 2020 5:53 pm

    I believe that team is taking shape now with Galloway and sheward. but if they should falter, there are humler and thelle. I really believe the faster set is better than the high set. it harder to block. as they play together more they will get better. yes, develop a right side (opposite) hitter, the greek guy seems good, but he needs to get stronger. both rado and gasman will be gone and it is going to be difficult to replace those two, so next year will likely be a down year, they will still be ranked but not no. 1. worsely is good but believe they have some good liberos.

  12. Big Island Volleyball Fan January 22, 2020 7:18 pm

    6. I agree that the Stan Sheriff’s broadcast is the best quality, but unfortunately I can’t watch matches live since I can’t get cable where I live so no OC Sport subscription. I finally took Cindy’s advice and wrote an email today to the athletic director, Dave Matlin as they’ll be negotiating a new TV contract this spring. Now that he selected a football coach, he should have more time to read emails. If anyone else has a gripe of lack of access to Spectrum Sports online for any reason, please write to Dave Matlin now at athdir@hawaii.edu. This is your chance to redress some unfairness here.

  13. UHVoice97 January 22, 2020 8:04 pm

    12. I was speaking more of the p.a. announcing in the arena as I get to attend all of our home matches. Yes, our t.v. coverage is top notch, one of the best in the country. I feel for you not being able to get the Spectrum feed. After I come home from a game, I get to watch the replay the same night. Best of luck in trying to get access for the neighbor islands. It should be open to all of our brethren across the state.

  14. UHVoice97 January 22, 2020 8:25 pm

    No. 2 BYU def. No. 5 UC Irvine: 25-17, 20-25, 25-19, 25-15

  15. lina January 23, 2020 7:32 am

    11. It’s hard for me to believe that things are starting to take shape in the fourth week of the season. There still so much more to play. But we’ll see how things go when Hawaii plays at Stanford and at home vs. BYU. Those will be the big tests for the team.

    FWIW, I expect both Freshman to falter. I’d go with experience. Though, Thelle is also a bit inexperienced too so as for Setter, it’s a toss up.

  16. vballfan January 23, 2020 5:12 pm

    Is tomorrow night’s volleyball game vs Alumni free?

  17. Cindy Luis January 23, 2020 5:14 pm

    Re: travel roster
    They only took Worsley in fall as well
    what also goes on is practicing on the road. the team needs B side players to hit against as well as mimic the opponent’s offense. It’s why Kama Krug traveled for the Wahine.
    12. also suggest listening to Hawaii radio. A little biased but the ESPN 1420-AM guy is very good. ‘-)
    15. don’t know why you’d say that about the freshmen. At this point, it appears that Sheward has a better connection with the middle and sets a similar ball to J Worsley that the outsides are connecting with. Have mentioned previously that I do like Thelle’s high ball but it seems that Sheward is better out of system.
    16. yes see new thread for more info

    new thread up for Thursday.

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