Hawaii men’s volleyball: FINAL No. 2 BYU 3, No. 1 Hawaii 0

The Rainbow Warriors greeted the crowd before facing off against No. 2 BYU. / Photo by Brian McInnis

FINAL: No. 2 BYU pulled off a stunner over No. 1 Hawaii on Thursday night, sweeping the Rainbow Warriors 25-15, 25-17, 25-20 and setting a UH opponent record for hitting percentage. The teams will rematch on Friday night in front of what is close to a sellout crowd.

Set 3: BYU wins 25-20

8:47: Wil Stanley on a bit of an overpass. Ends it 25-20
8:45: UH wins challenge. it’s 24-19.
8:43: UH challenging net violation which would give BYU the match.
8:41: Called overturned. BYU up 23-16.
8:39: BYU again challenging whether Garcia Fernandez’ serve was in or out.
8:35: BYU with the service over pass. Cougars up 20-13. TO UH
8:33: Jakob Thelle in to set for Brett Sheward.
8:31: Ninth service ace puts BYU up 17-12. TO UH.
8:27: BYU up 15-11 at the TTO on Humler’s service error, UH’s ninth.
8:25: Call overturned. seventh ace puts BYU up 13-8.
8:24: BYU challenging whether serve in or out. I think it was in. it would be Garcia Fernandez’ third straight and seventh of night.

Set 2: BYU wins 25-17

8:04: This is ugly. Another ace, his fourth, by Garcia Fernandez ends it.
8:00: BYU pulling away at 21-16. TO UH.
7:57: Live stats down. BYU up 18-14. TO UH
7:52: Garcia Fernandez with his sixth kill. BYU up 15-13 at the TTO.
7:48: Call stands. It’s 11-10. UH with 1 challenge left.
7:47: Hawaii with its second challenge, questioning a net violation on BYU. If call stands. BYU retakes the lead at 11-10
7:37: Max Rosenfeld starting in Set 2 for Guilherme Voss.

Set 1: BYU wins 25-15

7:34: BYU goes 12-0-17 in winning 25-15. Warriors drop first set at home this season, just the third on the season.
7:29: Colton Cowell hits long. It’s 22-13 BYU. TO UH. Warriors hitting .053.8-7-19. BYU 11-0-14.
7:22: Davide Gardini 5-0-5 puts BYU up 15-9 at the TTO. BYU 10-0-12. Warriors 5-3-11.
7:16: Call stands. might have been inconclusive. UH with 2 challenges left.
7:14: Warriors challenging whether block hit BYU’s Davide Gardini before landing out. If call stands, BYU would be up 7-3.
7:11: Gabi Garcia Fernandez with 2 straight aces, it’s 6-1 BYU. TO Hawaii. Gabi now with 47 aces on the year.
Warriors going with normal starters
Brett Sheward, Gage Worsley, Patrick Gasman, Filip Humler, Colton Cowell, Rado Parapunov, Guilherme Voss
Thursday, 7 p.m., Stan Sheriff Center
No. 2 BYU (16-0) at No. 1 Hawaii (14-0)
TV: Spectrum Sports
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Radio: 1420-AM/94.7-FM
for whatever ridiculous reason, volleyball will be joined in progress due to men’s basketball. The choice could have easily been made to put volleyball on 1500
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Other matches Thursday
CSUN (A) at No. 12 UCLA, Bruins up 28-26
Concordia Irvine (H) def. Westcliff, 25-21, 20-25, 25-15, 25-18
UC Santa Cruz at Concorida Irvine, tied 1-1
King (H) def. Charleston (A) 30-25, 25-13, 28-30, 20-25, 15-11
Loyola (A) def. Purdue Fort Wayne, 18-25, 25-23, 34-32, 25-21
Saint Francis (A) at USC, SC up 25-18, 25-18


  1. kahuna March 5, 2020 4:04 pm

    Maybe baseball is on 1500. UH probably have too many sports and not enough radio station. Basketball, volleyball and baseball all have radio contracts and if all is played at the same time, somebody have to give. I guess the radio station rather have the complete basketball and baseball game and volleyball is going to have to be “joined in progress”.

  2. Cindy Luis March 5, 2020 6:16 pm

    1. you are right. BSB on 1500. forgot series started today.
    but still ridiculous. meaningless baseball game vs. No.1 v 2.

  3. Cindy Luis March 5, 2020 7:06 pm

    Radio on air. Congrats to Men’s Basketball for pulling out the 67-65 win on a 3-ball with seconds left.

  4. Kauaiboy March 5, 2020 9:30 pm

    Yikes that was ugly volleyball by the #1 team in the country, really disappointed in every aspect of this match… BYU has been playing at a higher level and I felt they were the true number 1 team coming into tonight’s match.. I was hoping Hawaii would rise up to the occasion and use the home court advantage to prevail. Nope not even close!

  5. NoWorriesGoGettum March 5, 2020 9:58 pm

    I hope this serves as a wake up call with the kind of beating Hawaii took tonight. And play with confidence! Know that you’re the number one team in the country for a reason and carry it on to the court. And don’t let anyone take that from you guys. This is your guys year to be the best and finish on top. Don’t let anyone stand in the way of that. Take what’s yours and play like the champions you folks are meant to be! No regrets, no questions just pure confidence of knowing that anything could happen on any night, like tonight, but in the end you’re gonna fight even harder for what you know is yours. Use this setback as a reality check to bounce back and take care of business like you know you folks can!

  6. Cindy Luis March 5, 2020 10:09 pm

    4. nope, not even close. They never recovered from Garcia Fernandez early serving run that made it 6-1 in Set 1. Seemed that everyone had an off night. Cowell said he had a bit of food poisoning.

  7. turfwar March 5, 2020 10:18 pm

    This one is on the schedule maker. Hawaii palyed nobody for 2 months. They looked shell shocked tonight. Thankfully they have a month to sharpen up with the Big West schedule.

  8. Kauaiboy March 5, 2020 10:59 pm

    5 sorry to burst your bubble but Hawaii right now is the fourth best team in the country behind BYU, UCSB and LBSU. I hate to sound negative but Hawaii is just not as good as we had thought they would be, a lot of us really felt our setting and passing would’ve been better than it has been to date. Fingers crossed that BYU will come back down to earth and we will be competitive tomorrow night!

  9. Kauaiboy March 5, 2020 11:03 pm

    Beat BYU was all over social media, looks like the players were to concerned with the hype and forgot about the actual match!

  10. Famlb March 5, 2020 11:13 pm

    Disappointed with Coach. The setter struggled all evening and was not effective with his block. Why no substitutions?

  11. vballfan March 6, 2020 12:20 am

    Yes, why so few substitutions????
    Based on the quality of play, there was really nothing to lose by letting other players give it a shot. Baffling.

  12. Kahuna March 6, 2020 4:27 am

    Thelle was the starting setter during the fall swing to So Cal where UH went something like 7-1 beating LB, UCSB, Irvine, etc….

    Did Charlie Wade forget what Thelle can do? This one is much on the coach as it’s on the players. Players looked ill prepared and coaches didn’t help by not trying a new setter….who was the starter at the beginning of the year.

  13. WaWa March 6, 2020 6:01 am

    Charlie Wade is famous for saying, “It aint depth unless we use it,” after he empties the bench against Southeastern McKendree Tech A&M. When it comes time to making mid-game adjustments, NADA. I thought Dimi could’ve gone in for Rado at some point in Set 2. Thelle could’ve been used earlier as well.

    We were definitely out-coached, out-prepared, out-everything. BYU has been improving every with each match. Hard for UH with a wonky schedule like they have had. Hoping for a respectable showing tonight.

  14. Aiea 7 March 6, 2020 7:12 am

    the type of setting is one of their problems, they have to go back to the quick set; the buy blocks who are good and big were just camping while the hitter was getting to hit the high set. byu uses the quick set and they were very successful. their pass-receive broke down badly, so man aces. hope they do better tonight but don’t believe the can win even if they solve the pass-receive problem. need to change to the quick set, long beach was so successful and they won national championships. Hawaii used it with worsely and were very successful. why can’t wade see that?

  15. Beauston March 6, 2020 8:30 am

    Hawaii had played the last couple of seasons with a chip on their shoulders. 2018 snubbed by the committee and went with UCI instead to go to the big dance, 2019 it was against LBS. For this year, what’s in it for the boys? I sure hope it’s winning it all at the end. Last night’s play did nit show that, but I sure hope they realize quickly before it’s too late. Last night was an utter embarrassment and I feel for the boys. You can see in their eyes the desperation and I put that game on the coaches. No support there at all.

  16. Aloha73G March 6, 2020 9:10 am

    One thing I noticed is that UH’s hitting % improved thru the match while BYU’s went down. UH actually hit better than BYU in the 3rd set, but serving made the difference (UH -6, BYU -1).

    Set 1: UH .000 BYU .706
    Set 2: UH .269 BYU .684
    Set 3: UH 556 BYU .455

    It really felt like UH had a bit of momentum at the very end, especially with the couple extra points after the match point review. If UH can pass better tonight, I think the result will be different. BYU is VERY good.

    BTW, only 80 tickets left for the rematch!


  17. Bleachercoach March 6, 2020 9:16 am

    Can’t take nothing away from BYU
    Looked like an Olympic National Team vs a college team. Just outplayed and outcoached in every area! Gabi Garcia Fernandez phenomenal service was a sight to behold! He is the best player in the country hands down although BYU has great overall balance. I hope our team will put up a better effort but in all honesty. BYU seems untouchable! Hope I am wrong?

  18. H-Man March 6, 2020 9:38 am

    Wake-up call. Let’s see what coach Wade does. Win tonight and it will quiet all the negatives.

  19. Cindy Luis March 6, 2020 1:12 pm

    7. Re: the schedule
    you get who you can get, who you can afford to bring out and who will come out. 2 teams pulled out of their contracts with UH (think it was pepperdine & USC)
    Hawaii had to work around M&W basketball.
    9. not sure if it was the players doing all the social media or the athletic department. The latter wanted to hype the game.
    10. Sheward struggled because the passing was horrid. Don’t think subbing him out would have changed things. They can’t run the offense if they can’t pass. And they couldn’t. BYU served really really well.
    15. what’s in it for this group? they finished second last year and want to win it all this time.
    16. they did get better. quote from Wade alluded to that, saying best of seven would have given them a chance at keeping the winning going.
    Agree with all that UH looked shell-shocked. IMHO they have been able to rally when they were down this season. And they couldn’t last night, which played a bit into the psyche.
    They have survived 1 or 2 players having an off night. Seemed everyone did.
    Cowell said after he had a bit of food poisoning and did feel a little weak. surprised they didn’t go with another option.
    we’ll see what happens tonight.
    BTW, it is officially sold out.
    new thread up

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