Hawaii men’s volleyball: FINAL No. 1 Warriors 3, Grand Canyon 0

The Rainbow Warriors hoisted defensive specialist 'Eleu Choy after he set Rado Parapunov on match point to beat Grand Canyon on Saturday night. / Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell, Star-Advertiser

FINAL: No. 1 Hawaii sweeps Grand Canyon 25-15, 25-20, 25-13 without star hitter Colton Cowell to take the Raising Cane’s Rainbow Warrior Classic title and sweep the season-opening five-match homestand. Rado Parapunov puts down a season-high 13 kills.

Rado Parapunov (MOP), also from UH: Patrick Gasman, Colton Cowell, Jakob Thelle; Harvard: Campbell Schoenfeld; Emmanuel: Don Thompson, GCU: Camden Gianni

Set 3: UH wins 25-13
8:47: Rado Parapunov ends it with his 13th kill.
8:44: Hitting error by GCU makes it 22-13. TO Lopes.
Season-high 4,450 tickets/3,355 turnstile.
8:44: Hawaii was up 19-9. Christian Janke with three straight aces. It’s 19-12. TO UH
8:31: Patrick Gasman with his sixth kill. UH up 15-7 at the TTO.
8:29: James Anastassiades with the ace. It’s 11-5. TO GCU
Set 2: UH wins 25-20

8:10: Rado Parapunov with his ninth kill ends it. GCU becomes the first team this season to score 20 points on Hawaii this season.
8:05: GCU with its 8th service error, makes it 22-16. TO Lopes. GCU has 17 hitting errors. That’s a whole set (25 points) on SEs and HEs.
8:01: Call Stands. UH leading 18-13.
7:58: Hawaii challenging whether Rado Parapunov’s attempt was in. It was called out. If call stands, it would be Parapunov’s first hitting error.
7:55: Patrick Gasman with his fourth kill, gives Hawaii a 15-11 lead at the TTO
Set 1 UH wins 25-15
7:36: Two blocks, helped out by great digs from Gage Worsley, and Warriors take Set 1 25-15
7:31: Rado Parapunov with his 4th kill. UH up 21-14. TO GCU
7:23: Hawaii up 15-8 at the TTO. GCU with 7 hitting errors.
Patrick Gasman now with 345 blocks, passing Andre Breuer for No. 8 in all-time blocks.
7:18: Jakob Thelle with a solo stuff. It’s 9-3. TO GCU
7:14: Another early challenge by GCU, asking for a touch on Janke’s attack. New this year if you win the challenge, you get to keep it.
Originally called wide and UH up 6-2.
Call stands. Two unsuccessful challenges 8 points in. GCU has 1 left rest of match unless it goes to 5.
7:11: Call stands. UH up 2-1.
7:09: Three points in, GCU challenging whether there was a touch on Jakob Thelle’s attack.
As expected, James Anastassiades in for Colton Cowell. Other starters remain the same: Jakob Thelle, Patrick Gasman, Guilherme Voss, Rado Parapunov, Gage Worsley
Happy birthday to Roger Worsley, dad of Joe and Gage.
Senior hitter Colton Cowell not available for tonight’s match against Grand Canyon. You may see James Anastassiades making the start.
Friday night Cowell left late in Set 3 after falling backwards after an attack.
also associate coach Milan Zarkovic still out. There was a bit of the flu going around earlier in the week.
Saturday’s matches
Grand Canyon (1-1) at No. 1 Hawaii (4-0), 7 p.m. HT
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Harvard def. Emmanuel, 25-11, 25-16, 25-15
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On the mainland
No. 3 BYU def. No. 15 Penn State, 25-19, 25-22, 25-21
No. 4 Long Beach State def. Concordia, 25-22, 25-20, 15-25, 23-25, 15-11
No. 5 UC Santa Barbara def. McKendree, 25-19, 25-17, 25-16
No. 6 Lewis def. UC San Diego, 25-22, 25-19, 25-18
No. 7 Stanford def. George Mason, 25-17, 25-20, 25-17
No. 10 Princeton def. Charleston, 25-22, 25-19, 25-22
NJIT def. No. 12 USC, 25-20, 25-20, 25-17
No. 13 CSUN def. Benedictine-Mesa, 25-15, 26-24, 25-23
No. 14 Purdue Fort Wayne def. 25-19, 25-17, 27-25
ICYMI from Friday
No. 3 BYU def. No. 15 Penn State 25-23, 25-19, 25-22
No. 4 Long Beach State def. McKendree 15-25, 25-23, 26-24, 25-23
No. 5 UC Santa Barbara def. Benedictine-Mesa 25-12, 25-21, 25-19
No. 7 Stanford def. NJIT 21-25, 25-16, 25-14, 25-14
No. 8 UC Irvine def. No. 11 Loyola 18-25, 28-26, 25-19, 25-22
No. 10 Princeton def. Charleston 25-21, 25-19, 25-22
Concordia-Irvine def. No. 13 CSUN 24-26, 40-38, 22-25, 25-21, 15-13
No. 14 Purdue Fort Wayne def. Queens 25-16, 25-21, 27-29, 25-18
George Mason def. No. 12 USC 25-23, 25-23, 25-20


  1. islandman January 11, 2020 2:13 pm

    16. Prior thread, thanks. But also another announcer of the national anthem singer for years has been saying the ” ________ is an alumni of the Univ of Hawaii.” Since the UH is a place of higher education, i would think the Athletics Director would correct this or they should use “a graduate” of the Univ of Hawaii.

  2. Cindy Luis January 11, 2020 3:45 pm

    1. being an alumnus or alumna doesn’t necessarily equate to being a graduate. can also mean you were a former student. took a while for me to convince the department to use alumnae for their Wahine alum match.

  3. Don January 11, 2020 7:30 pm

    Link to the new rule change for challenges? No reference of this change on NCAA website. Has info on the suggested 3rd ref for video reviews women’s game in 2020, but nothing about winning the challenge and keeping it.

  4. Cindy Luis January 11, 2020 8:27 pm

    3. Don’t know what to tell you. That was what officials told us last week about keeping the challenge.

  5. Kahuna January 11, 2020 10:42 pm

    The men’s game have become so fast that maybe it’s a good idea to keep the challenge when you win it. It takes away some of the human error that have been happening too frequently these past couple of years.

    The BYU-Stanford last season was pretty ridiculous with every call going BYU’s way and some mind numbing calls. One line person called a Stanford hit out when the ball was clearly 2 ft in. Stanford had to burn a challenge for that.

    At match point, Stanford had no challenge left and an obvious touch at match point was missed by every official and Stanford could do squat. It was a travesty of justice with horrible officiating all going one way.

  6. rayson January 11, 2020 11:00 pm

    2020-21 Men’s Volleyball Rules Modifications:

    5.1.1 Each coach begins the match with three (3) challenges. If a coach is successful in challenging the result of a play using CRS, the coach will retain the use of that challenge.


  7. lina January 12, 2020 2:50 am

    So hypothetically speaking, if a Coach can retain a challenge after having successful challenge, they could potentially have an unlimited amount of challenges (as long as they are always successful after using one)??? Am I understanding that correctly?

  8. Harvey January 12, 2020 6:37 am

    Friday – Concordia-Irvine over CSUN 40-38?

    Wow, would have loved to have watched that!

  9. Harvey January 12, 2020 6:41 am

    7. That’s exactly how it sounds to me.

    Although that means:

    Bad officials/linesmen = lots of (sustained) challenges = lots of total challenges = lots of stoppages in play.

    The new rule will serve to highlight bad officials.

  10. vballfan January 12, 2020 10:49 am

    Cindy, thank you for taking time to repeat your info on next season’s possible schedule change.
    It may be premature to be concerned about this particular discussion, but scheduling for doesn’t happen overnight and that’s why I think those of us who feel concerned need to speak up now. How can Athletics justify basketball over MVB revenue, crowd count?

  11. kahuna January 12, 2020 11:23 am

    I believe this is the first year this is unlimited challenge is in play. If the coaches start to abuse those challenges and challenge everything in sight, my guess is the NCAA will do something to keep it in check. Don’t know what they can do but maybe they can award the coaches who challenged plays that are obvious a yellow/red card for delay of game or threaten to take away the entire challenge system.

    That should teach coaches to not to abuse the system because having a flawed challenge system is better than having none.

  12. UHVoice97 January 12, 2020 9:31 pm

    Unlimited? Possible, highly unlikely. Last night, there were 3 challenges in the first set. 1 by Hawaiʻi and 2 by GCU which the ’Lopes used early (I think the score was 6-2 Hawaiʻi when the coach made his 2nd challenge). All 3 challenges were unsuccessful. So that left Grand Canyon with 1 and Hawaiʻi – 2. No challenges occurred for the rest of the match.

    What would constitute abuse? I can see using a challenge as a de facto timeout to slow down the other team’s momentum if the call is close enough to being questionable. It’s already happening in the women’s game. Most times in those instances, the challenge is lost, rarely overturned. Yes, sometimes it takes longer than expected, but if the final result is correct or inconclusive, then I feel the system is serving its purpose.

  13. UHVoice97 January 12, 2020 9:52 pm

    I stand corrected. Hawaiʻi used a challenge in the 2nd set. Unsuccessfully.

  14. Cindy Luis January 13, 2020 10:04 am

    new thread up for Monday with Hawaii No. 1 in poll.
    10. it’s not UH making the scheduling decision. It is the Big West and MBK makes more money around the league than MBK. the issue is with the addition of two more schools that adds two more weekends at home for MBK and WBK Unless they do MBK/WBK double headers. Which is unfair to the women. Traditionally BK games are Thur-Sat. It will be harder for MVB to get a three-day tournament in Jan. or Feb now.
    11. Not unlimited technically. Each team has three challenges. But if you are successful you keep it. Theoretically could be unlimited if you continue to be success.
    don’t think coaches are abusing it. but you can use it to basically get an extra timeout.

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