Hawaii men’s volleyball: Rado Parapunov, Colton Cowell, Patrick Gasman will be back for 2021 season

Hawaii men's volleyball seniors Patrick Gasman, Colton Cowell, James Anastassiades and Rado Parapunov returned to campus on March 13 after their season was canceled. / Photo by Cindy Luis

Aloha ball will have to wait another year.

Volleyball coach Charlie Wade confirmed his four seniors — including two-time All-American Rado Parapunov — will return for the 2021 season.

It was presumed their eligibility had ended in March when the NCAA canceled the remainder of the spring-sport seasons because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But later that month, the NCAA’s Division I Council approved a measure providing spring-sport players “an additional season of competition and an extension of their period of eligibility.” Translation: Each athlete’s current class standing was frozen, meaning a senior this year will remain a senior next academic year, a sophomore will be a sophomore, and so forth. The returning seniors would not count against next year’s scholarship limits, but they only could receive financial aid up to the amount they are receiving this year.

The council left the implementation to the individual schools.Today, UH decided each of its 10 spring programs will have the option of bringing back this year’s seniors. UH’s stipulation is each program will pay for its added scholarship costs.

“No new institutional funds will be used,” UH athletic director David Matlin wrote in an news release.

UH has 10 teams that are deemed spring-semester sports, including men’s volleyball. The Rainbow Warriors were ranked No. 2 nationally when their season was canceled in March. Today, Wade confirmed the 2021 returns of Parapurov, an opposite who was named to the AVCA’s All-America first team the past two seasons; outside hitter Colton Cowell, who was picked to the AVCA’s second team; middle blocker Patrick Gasman, who was a second-team selection in 2019 and 2020, and serving specialist James Anastassiades. Wade said Anastassiades is likely to be hired as a graduate assistant.

Coupled with the addition of the incoming recruits, Wade said, “the energy in the practice gym is going to be at a really high level — super intense, super competitive.”

Wade said the four seniors are set to complete work on bachelor’s degrees next week. They are expected to enter master’s programs in the fall.

“I was really hoping for another opportunity to come back here,” Parapunov said. “The news we received today, I think, (was) amazing.”

Wade said it will take restructuring the volleyball budget and fund-raising to pay for the seniors’ additional season.

The UH baseball team has four seniors. The Rainbow Wahine softball team has two seniors.


  1. NorthShoreFan May 7, 2020 6:33 pm

    Good news but a lot of fundraiser will be happening soon…..

  2. Curt May 7, 2020 6:38 pm

    Great news! Thanks, Stephen for the update.

  3. darkfire35 May 7, 2020 7:43 pm

    Much mahalos for the update Stephen! The boys were already good this past year, like Rado said, now they know more about themselves and how to improve. As Charlie said, the practices will be SUPER competitive making for a better team! GO WARRIORS!!

  4. seewhy May 7, 2020 11:02 pm

    Great news! Thanks Stephen!

  5. Aiea 7 May 8, 2020 7:11 am

    this is great news but are they going to play without fans? How about the team schedule, will all teams be able to play? will travel be restricted? will the games be on pay-per-view to help raise funds as the fans in the stands will not be as large, if any, due to social distance policies? will games tickets be raised to cover the additional cost and reduced revenue? believe football and basketball will be faced with similar questions.

  6. Whitey May 8, 2020 7:58 am


  7. Derek May 8, 2020 10:00 am

    I’d like to help with a monetary contribution to the fundraising effort. I’m on fixed income, but this team and this program deserve to continue to excite myself, and all fans of the University of Hawaii.
    Let’s win the National Championship.

    How can I reach Charlie Wade?

  8. jm2375 May 8, 2020 10:31 am

    Derek – go to https://www.koaanuenue.org/donate/mens-volleyball.

    If you’d like to help organize fundraisers, email Charlie.

    I think everyone needs a new paradigm for fundraising. The in-person staples, such as banquets and even golf tournaments aren’t going to bring in enough money to make it worthwhile.

  9. A-House May 8, 2020 12:24 pm

    does this mean that those seniors who return to finish up will get a 2nd senior night?

    LUV IT — LUV IT — LUV IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Kahuna May 8, 2020 4:51 pm

    #9……what senior night? There was no senior night this year. To have these 4 come back and get honored is awesome. I don’t think there is a more deserving quartets then Pat, Rado, James and Colton.

    I pray there will be fans in the stands when the time comes. They deserve 10000 people sending them off.

  11. NorthShoreFan May 8, 2020 5:44 pm

    Next season will be a gas..man.

  12. WarriorNY May 8, 2020 6:34 pm

    Do any of you all think we got a shot at bringing Tualia back home???

  13. Kahuna May 8, 2020 7:02 pm

    #13….at this stage, no. If UH was a powerhouse like Boise, maybe. A 4 star going to a mid major is kind of a step down Yes, he may still have cousins or aunties here but his mom, dad and brother are all on the mainland. Taulia’s mom and dd would have hard time attending many of his games with Tua being on the other end of the country.

    My guess is he will either find a school near their home in Alabama where his family can watch him or find one near Florida so they can watch both kids without travelling too far.

    Would have love to see Sol Jay Maiava return “home” but he chose BYU so that sucked. I thought Sol Jay was a better fit for the offense we ran. He would be great for the offense Graham will run.

  14. Kahuna May 8, 2020 7:04 pm

    Ugh!! I meant to respond to post #12. Sorry

  15. Gman23 May 8, 2020 8:33 pm

    They probably would have to bring back the seniors from all the schools if that’s the case..Schools will complain if they lose their star senior players and Hawai’i brings all their seniors back

  16. Matt May 8, 2020 8:58 pm

    12 and 13

    I think the theory is that Tualia is probably going to move someplace close to where Tua’s now creating in his legacy. With the Miami Dolphins, you would think that Tualia would be thinking of UCF, USF, Florida, Florida State, FAU, FIU or University of Miami. Depending on the debacle, it’s up to Tualia to make the decision.

  17. kapakahi May 8, 2020 9:02 pm

    #15, The NCAA deferred to each school to make their own decision for each sport on whether or not to allow their current seniors to return for another season of eligibility next season based on each school’s particular roster & financial situation.

  18. kapakahi May 8, 2020 9:03 pm

    BTW, it’s Taulia….not Tualia.

  19. Rodney May 8, 2020 9:31 pm

    Geeeezzzzzzz no brainer
    oKLHOMA sooners!!!!!!’n

  20. Rodney May 8, 2020 9:32 pm

    Oklahoma is just a 3 hour flight
    Parents can watch both boys play

  21. kapakahi May 8, 2020 10:17 pm

    Gotta believe that part of the reason that Taulia is leaving Alabama is because of incoming consensus top-ranked Class of 2020 QB Bryce Young.

    Meanwhile Oklahoma returns the consensus top-ranked Class of 2019 QB Spender Rattler who is the expected starter as a redshirt frosh QB.

  22. kapakahi May 8, 2020 10:18 pm

    Meant….Spencer Rattler

  23. Chicken Grease May 9, 2020 7:15 am

    Really great! 🏐🇺🇸

  24. Chicken Grease May 9, 2020 7:18 am

    May 8, 2020 9:03 pm
    BTW, it’s Taulia….not Tualia.

    Let’s just hope they don’t have a third son that we dunno about. The mispronunciations and misspellings can end. 🙄

  25. SteveM May 9, 2020 9:27 am

    Good to see a lot familiar bloggers back here again.
    It’s gonna be an interesting year.

  26. jm2375 May 9, 2020 9:38 am

    It’s also up to the individual athlete, which is why James Anastassiades will be a GA and not playing.

    I’m wondering if the conference schedule will be the same as it would have been this season, as far as home and away games. LBSU, Irvine and UCSD were all supposed to be home games this year. Too bad we won’t get to see James play against his brother.

    I’m guessing the NCAA tournament will be played at Ohio State as scheduled.

    BTW, check out the Worsley bros, Max Rosenfeld and Rado (sometimes) on their YouTube podcasts, “Out of System”.

  27. NorthShoreFan May 9, 2020 11:39 am

    Pray for football….

  28. Whitey May 9, 2020 12:15 pm

    It will be interesting to see how our legislatures approach the reopening of schools including UH. Also the Mountain West Presidents will need to meet and decide the fate of football this year. Hawaii is in a good position as far as COVID 19 is concerned, but the California schools are in bad shape and might not open till after September.

  29. wafan May 10, 2020 9:27 am

    Happy day to all ‘Bow-moms!

  30. THE burro sabio May 10, 2020 9:36 am

    James Anastassiades could be getting a better financial deal by being a GA.

  31. NorthShoreFan May 10, 2020 11:54 am

    Happy Mothers Day to all the moms….Hope the day will be a peaceful and good day for you all!

  32. Whitey May 15, 2020 8:36 am

    Was really looking forward to Warrior football, but it doesn’t look good. The California schools are not going to have a fall semester, so it looks like the Mountain West and PAC 12 will not be playing and it will affect all fall sports on the west coast.

  33. SteveM May 15, 2020 12:16 pm

    whitey — doesn’t look good for CA schools. But if other schools and UH can play, maybe the MWC can cobble together a schedule for 2020 and maybe even start later in the year, like October. Curious what the NCAA will say about this.

  34. A-House May 15, 2020 12:37 pm

    so far, all the medical experts testifying at the House of Rep stated that they fully expect a resurgence of COVID-19 if ‘states’ open too soon, cannot control their residents on social distancing, people adopt the ‘LIVE ‘N LET LIVE’ philosophy, states do not have a valid ” contact tracing ” plan in the fall or early winter — at least 2 anticipate nearly double the number of deaths which means about 163,000 total between now and November/December time frame

    not very encouraging for any venue where people sit next to each other….

    while I may wish for continued sporting events, there may be no national champs in various college sports and no super bowl champ!!! there goes our trip to Arizona.

    a person doing an “opt-ed” says government should trust people’s good judgment and allow more opening of businesses, etc. wonder where he was when all the tourists violate our quarantine rules or climbing the ‘closed’ stair way to heaven or go hiking/ fall/ break bones and had to air lifted out — these people do not give a sh-t about Hawaii’s residents and our efforts to reduce the virus here!!!

  35. THE burro sabio May 15, 2020 5:56 pm

    New post needed. How about a day in the life of Stephen Tsai and reporting under the current conditions

  36. THE burro sabio May 16, 2020 8:45 am

    Cinque Williams – his parents named him after a terrorist. Nobody’s perfect.

  37. Whitey May 16, 2020 9:14 am

    Most interesting how COVID 19 is included in everything we do. Although Maui County, Kauai County, and Hawaii County residents have worked hard at flattening the curve, somehow they don’t get recognized for their efforts. This looks similar for UH Athletics. They do a good job of representing Hawaii but their support level is very low. But at the same time UH academia does little to help itself. Wouldn’t it be great if UH Medical School could say “We are working to help medically alleviate the COVID19 problem in Hawaii”. Even tho UH football program is at a standstill, the coaches are working to build their program. UH Athletics need our support and be super if we can get more supporters who will help financially. I am trying and hope the light at the end of the tunnel gets brighter.

  38. A-House May 17, 2020 6:16 am

    are we deserving of a ” new post “???

    what say you, ST?

  39. NorthShoreFan May 18, 2020 10:13 am

    ST…good article on Coach Graham but it’s always been the number one goal of all the coaches we’ve had to recruit Hawaii. Limited success but we’ve had some really great athletes who chose to represent and play here defending the aina.
    Hope we get more. Always good to watch keiki o kaina playing on the home turf!

  40. A-House May 18, 2020 11:55 am

    interesting, but very disappointed how this blog evolved, matured, and now entering its “senior status”

    will this eventually disappear? hope not as we, A-House family, have met so many good people we had never encountered all the past years — our paths never crossed until the Tsaikos were formed — and even if it does, the friendships formed cannot be broken.

    and so I recite the words to a song a taught to me by one of my best childhood friends who just happens to be Portugese.

    ” Good-bye good-bye keke monkey
    gorilla, gorilla I love you
    and from the tree tops I smell you
    Good-bye, good-bye keke monkey!

  41. jm2375 May 18, 2020 4:06 pm

    Congratulations to all the Spring 2020 graduates, especially Rado, Pat, Colton, James and Jackson van Eekeren! (future NCAA MVB champions)

  42. wafan May 19, 2020 6:06 am

    Aloha Willie. Make beautiful music above!

  43. turfwar May 21, 2020 4:11 pm

    Willie K made one of my best memories ever when he gathered several hundred Hawaii fans the night before the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Bourbon St. and lead us all in singing Hawaii Pono’i. For those who were lucky enough to be there you know how special that moment was. Simply amazing. Aloha Willie. Thank you for everything.

  44. SteveM May 21, 2020 7:13 pm

    Read Ferd Lewis’s column about how baseball coach Mike Trepasso survives another year…his 20th. Wow, it’s twenty years since the Les Murakami era.

    I recall Dobelle being UH President back then. Whatever people thought of him, he pushed for “Rainbow stadium” be named after Les Murakami…it was the house Les built so why wait for him to pass away before naming the stadium after him? Les Murakami stadium was uniquely named.

  45. Matt May 22, 2020 11:18 am


    2020 was the strongest season Trap had on hand, best in the entire era. Wins against Wazzu (2-2), a win against Vanderbilt on the road, and a winning series against Oregon (3-1). The team was on pace to possibly a good winning season with the games that were left.

    The fact that COVID-19 scrutinized the remaining season just hurts to watch. Now there’s multiple challenges with Trap’s team once 2021 rolls around the corner. Demeter and Loewen could be heading into the MLB draft, and who knows how many more could be facing there. If the 4 seniors aren’t going to return, there is a chance it’ll be a tall rebuild for Trap. Wong suffered a torn ACL during the COVID crisis, Fogel could be a question mark if he leaves for the draft because without Wong, who can cover his position? It could be seeing a repeat of the 2019 season if Fogel leaves to the draft and nobody to back up Wong for the center field position.

    With 12 newcomers coming in as well, Trap is probably thinking of cutting the dead weight off the team if he gets too many people on the roster. Plus too, you have 11.7 scholarships on hand. Trap needs to think strategically how he’s going to play this out. The only thing I’m hoping for is if 2021 will begin with a spark, playing like they have some unfinished business, and especially, making up what they left behind from 2020.

    I just hope we can recover from this before we get flushed out again with a COVID avalanche again.

  46. Whitey May 23, 2020 9:38 am

    I have no idea of how much it cost to run UH monthly and I hope the administration has enough to cover the cost of personnel and maintenance at UH. The athletic department staff and employees appear to be covered, but for how much longer? The scheduled football season brings in money to help pay for their expenses, so does the students whose tuition payment help pay for the program staff. Opening UH fall semester does not look bright, if UH IS A PLACE OF HIGHER LEARNING, shouldn’t they be able to come up with proposals on reopening instead of just sitting on their asses. They should be explaining to the governor and legislature their plans to reopen, but somehow they have no answers. If they don’t have ideas or clues, ask the people of Hawaii for input. My suggestion is to announce UH will open as scheduled with all the social restrictions except classes size will be limited or smaller. Go Bows.

  47. NorthShoreFan May 23, 2020 10:50 am

    Off the top of my head itI think the budget is already set and approved so there should be monies to run the school. Don’t know what other responsibilities might have been added that could put additional financial stains on the school…ie…on-line classes, disinfection requirements etc…

    Hoping football will happen.

  48. Matt May 23, 2020 1:39 pm


    You know what’s funny? I accidentally stumbled across the Texas A&M WVB page and somehow, a spoiler showed that the WVB’s tournament mentions that the first Hawaii WVB tournament shows them, Pepperdine and Portland State in their matchups. Not kidding? Here…


    If they already have a set time for the games already, it would be alarming to figure out if they as well are going to have a season. Jumping the broom might be a bit early to set up a WVB schedule is one thing, but when dealing with the COVID crisis, that’s something else. I hope Robyn catches on quick with planning the schedule before it becomes a bit dire.

  49. islandman May 23, 2020 6:42 pm

    47. Any set budget includes Estimated Revenues and would have to account for the big drop off in actual revenues.

  50. A-House May 24, 2020 8:26 am

    geez, if no football, will UH refund all ticket holders? does Matlin have this option on his table? where is it on the list?

    several major US airlines have offered ticket purchasers the option of a full refund or re-ticket and use the trip before end of 2021 or 2022.

    we are all wondering about our own personal finances!!!

  51. A-House May 24, 2020 8:30 am

    ST must be sooooo busy that he will NOT create a new post? — what about reporting on confirmed recruits for football, volleyball, softball, basketball, etc?

    or, is he on “leave” from the paper? considered ” NON-ESSENTIAL ?”


  52. islandman May 24, 2020 11:13 am

    Tsai covers football, baseball, basketball, now men’s vb ? since Cindy is furloughed. …Less sports now due to the Covid but that is too much for one writer.

  53. NorthShoreFan May 25, 2020 12:20 pm

    #50..A-House good question. That might a big chunk of money if they return it. They will also have to account for additional scholarships for the returning athletes who have been granted an extra season.

  54. islandman May 25, 2020 1:28 pm

    Tsai has to have his workload reduced in order to have more frequent blog posts.

  55. Whitey May 25, 2020 1:43 pm

    Amazing how some think they wield power. University of Michigan President says there will be no sports unless school is in session. I estimate that within the next three months he will be an ex president of Michigan. Academia may look good but money comes from athletics at Michigan or any power 5 schools. Would I give money for academia at UH? No, I donate money to football or UH sports.

  56. Boolakanaka May 28, 2020 4:09 am

    ST, dear sir, oracle of the Pen.

    Since we have some slow days, a humble suggestion: can we perhaps do a best five of all time contest, by position, for prep football….

    Would be an awfully fun time down memory lane, debating and bickering with our personal favs?

    What do others think?

  57. Whitey May 28, 2020 9:37 am

    Isolate! Key word. Keep your distance! It is like getting the COVID 19 syndrome. Stay home and keep reading the same blog and isolate all the Tsaiko names.

  58. jm2375 May 28, 2020 12:29 pm

    Congrats to Colton Cowell, winner of the Bonham Award for this academic year!

  59. NorthShoreFan May 29, 2020 5:26 pm

    Boola….Jessie Sapolu

  60. Whitey May 30, 2020 1:11 pm

    Another transfer for da Warriors. Rico Bussey Jr from North TexasState. Welcome to the OIHANA Rico

  61. Whitey May 30, 2020 2:21 pm

    My error. Ohana

  62. NorthShoreFan May 30, 2020 8:33 pm

    Another WR wi some giddyup….gonna be a shooting match out there….nice!

  63. Whitey May 30, 2020 9:15 pm

    It will be most interesting for an group. They will have lots of variation and options with the new and talented receiving Corp. Fall practice will be a win everyday. The overall speed will be different and define the Warriors’s new beginning. Hope is eternal GO WARRIORS!!!

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