Thank you Brian McInnis for taking over tonight while I had a commitment in California. Some major Trader Joe’s omiyage coming his way.
Here’s the complete box.
Close to 1,000 tonight in Carey Arena for the 20-25, 25-23, 26-24, 25-23 UH win.
Hawaii used 11 of the 15 on the travel roster. Colton Cowell misses the match with that injury suffered against Harvard (believe it’s a strained calf muscle).
Warriors had trouble in serve-receive, gave up 9 aces to the Flyers, 5 by Kyle Bugee, but also dealt 9 aces, 4 by Patrick Gasman and Rado Parapunov. Parapunov with 22 kills. Freshman Chaz Galloway 8-1-19, Gasman 7-1-14. Gasman with six blocks of the Warriors’ 11. Flyers with 15.5 blocks.
Lewis athletics apologized after the match for its student broadcasters’ comments between Sets 1 and 2, when they said: “I can’t believe they’re called the Rainbow Warriors, to be honest. The worst name I’ve ever heard of any team, in the history of human existence.”
@LewisMVBall thanks for the live stream…
Oh btw, maybe next time learn how to pronounce someone’s name. And don’t forget to know if the mic is hot… pic.twitter.com/fiBSdoA3ov
— Keegan Ohta (@ClutchKeyGG) January 18, 2020
2/2 and reminded them that even though they were on break on the radio side that there microphones were still hot. This a learning experience for our students. Please accept our sincere apologies for this unfortunate incident.
— Lewis Athletics ✈️ (@LewisFlyers) January 18, 2020
UPDATE: We broke that subplot out for its own post here.
FINAL: No. 1 Hawaii drops its first set of the year, but turns to reserves like Chaz Galloway and Brett Sheward to spark the team combined with a 22-kill performance from Rado Parapunov to battle back and beat No. 5 Lewis in four, 20-25, 25-23, 26-24, 25-23 in Romeoville, Ill.
Set 4: Hawaii 25, Lewis 23
5:16: Flyers turn back one match point with the sideout … QUICK SET from Brett Sheward to Patrick Gasman and that’s it, folks.
5:14: MATCH POINT Hawaii on a Gasman kill he didn’t totally get a full swing on.
5:11: Flyers back within two, 21-19. Can the ‘Bows close this out in 4?
5:05: Lewis briefly gets back within two points on a couple of UH net violations but Gasman continues to plug away and UH leads 19-15.
5:03: Rado with kills No. 20 and 21 tonight to stake UH to a 15-11 lead.
5:00: Galloway supplying some real energy. He rises from the back row and goes off the block, now has six kills on .400 hitting. Timeout Lewis UH leading 13-9.
4:56: Sheward continues to run the show and seems to be doing a very able job at it. UH takes a 10-7 lead in Set 4 on back-to-back aces by Patrick Gasman. He’s also got four aces now.
4:53: “Parapuno” with his fourth ace to give UH a 5-3 lead.
4:46: Tip of the cap to backup setter Brett Sheward, who came in to run the show as UH rallied in that set. “Shewie” with four assists.
Set 3: Hawaii 26, Lewis 24
4:45: UH is FIRED UP after Parapunov and Rosenfeld come up with a clutch block to take the set. ‘Bows rallied like mad to take that set and go up 2-1 overall. Filip Humler had a nice roof a couple points prior, as well.
4:44: Rainbow Warriors have come all the way back from down 19-12 to have set point, 25-24.
4:40: UH surging late in this set. Back to back kills by Parapunov and UH is within 23-22. TIMEOUT Flyers.
4:34: Parapunov up to eight hitting errors, dropping his average to .212. It’s 20-16 Lewis after UH narrows the gap a little.
4:26: UH up against it now, trailing 14-9 here in Set 3. As the Lewis announcer says with gusto, “all the momentum with the Flyers right now.”
4:23: FIVE aces for Kyle Bugee during this seven-point run for Lewis. Yikes.
4:20: Five straight points for Lewis, which takes a 7-6 lead on back-to-back aces. Wade calls timeout at last.
4:17: It’s a 6-2 ‘Bows lead to open Set 3. UH appears to have found something.
4:16: Third set underway. Galloway (three kills, 11 swings) getting some extended run today.
4:12: Something to watch: UH getting out-blocked 7.5-4.5 through two sets.
Set 2: Hawaii 25, Lewis 23
4:05: Parapunov PUTS IT DOWN for his 14th kill today, a new season high, and more importantly ties the match at 1-1 overall.
4:03: Lewis has turned back two UH set points. Parapunov just got roofed on the second.
4:01: Galloway, Parapunov and Rosenfeld combine on a triple block to set up set point. Timeout Flyers.
3:58: Timeout wade after a Galloway overpass allows Lewis to get within 23-20.
3:57: Max Rosenfeld comes in and puts down an overpass, then Parapunov punishes his 13th kill of the night, tying his season high. Have a feeling he’s going WAY behind that. UH 23-18.
3:55: Lewis has to call for time trailing 20-17. Some of the pep has been taken out of the Lewis play-by-play guy’s step.
3:51: Parapunov with 11 kills while the rest of UH combined has nine. Rainbow Warriors up 18-17.
3:48: Lewis punishes another UH free ball over and it’s 13-all.
3:44: UH earns its first two-point lead of the match and they seem to have righted themselves up 11-9.
3:41: Flyers jump out 3-0 to open Set 2 but UH has battled back and it’s 7-7. Parapunov up to eight kills on 11 swings, hitting .727.
3:36: Freshman Chaz Galloway gets a start at OH for Set 2. Wade apparently looking to spark his team.
3:35 p.m.: Between sets, Lewis play-by-play guy apparently doesn’t realize he’s got a hot mic. “I can’t believe they’re called the Rainbow Warriors. The worst name in human existence,” he says. Well then. Shots fired.
Set 1: Lewis 25, Hawaii 20
3:32: That’s all she wrote in Set 1 as Lewis runs away with the frame, dealing UH its first set setback of the season. Three aces for the Flyers and none for UH, and six service errors for the ‘Bows to five for Lewis. Can UH respond minus Cowell in the lineup?
3:27: Another Lewis ACE and it’s a four-point Flyers lead late in Set 1, 22-18. Timeout Wade. No one had put up more than 20 against UH in its season-opening five-match homestand.
3:20: Timeout Charlie Wade after a careless dump-over was stuffed right back to give the Flyers a 16-14 lead.
3:19: Rado Parapunov is THE go-to offense with Cowell out today. He’s got five kills among UH’s first 14 points. Lewis up by one.
3:17: An ace gives Lewis its first lead at 12-11.
3:14: Teams still siding out against each other every time. No one can get a two-point lead so far.
3:11: James Anastassiades gets the start in Cowell’s place for the second straight match. Rainbows and Flyers going point for point so far, 6-6.
3:06: Colton Cowell is NOT in the starting lineup today, could be an apparent lingering calf issue.
3:05 p.m.: Brian McInnis here, filling in for Cindy for today’s live updates. The Rainbow Warriors and the Flyers are just getting underway with introductions.
No. 1 Hawaii (5-0) at No. 5 Lewis (3-1), Friday, 3 p.m. HST
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ICYMI Thursday’s result of note
Concordia-Irvine def. USC 25-19, 25-21, 26-24
No. 15 Ohio State def. Lincoln Memorial 25-15, 21-25, 25-15, 25-18
Harvard def. Daemen 21-25, 25-17, 25-23, 26-24