Extra chat with MOP Parapunov after No. 2 Hawaii sweeps No. 6 Pepperdine

Patrick Gasman puts a kill through the Pepperdine block in the second set. / Photo by Brian McInnis

Senior hitter Stijn van Tilburg put down 16 kills, junior opposite Rado Parapunov added 13 and No. 2 Hawaii was golden in the 25th Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Invitational men’s volleyball tournament tonight at the Stan Sheriff Center.
A season-high crowd of 4,997 saw the Rainbow Warriors (15-0) extend their NCAA-record sets-won to 45 with their 15th consecutive sweep when defeating No. 6 Pepperdine 25-18, 25-20, 25-23. The Waves (13-5) lost for the 11th straight time in Honolulu dating back to 2009.
Parapunov, named the tournament MOP, added three of Hawaii’s five aces, and junior hitter Colton Cowell had 11 kills. Sophomore libero Gage Worsley had 15 of the team’s 29 digs.
It was the ninth Outrigger title for Hawaii.
Kaleb Denmark led the Waves (13-4) with nine kills.
Van Tilburg becomes second Warrior to be named to the all-tournament time all four years, Costas Theocharidis the other. Van Tilburg moved into a tie for No. 9 in the program’s all-time kill list with Dejan Milodinovic.
Also named to the all-tournament team were Ball State’s Matt Szews, Pepperdine’s Denmark and Michael Wexter, and Hawaii’s Joe Worsely and Gage Worsley.
Set 3 UH wins 25-23
8:50: Stijn van Tilburg’s final kill ends it 25-23.
8:48: Dalton Solbrig stuffs Kevin Vaz. Warriors up 24-22.
8:46. Pepperdine has tied it at 22. TO UH.
8:43: Kill by Rado Parapunov and a block has Hawaii up 21-19. TO Waves.
8:35. Colton Cowell with his 11th kill. UH up 15-11 at the TTO
8:31: Pretty funny. Pepperdine challenged the touch on the block. Before they even went to review Patrick Gasman told the up ref he touched. Waves with the point. It’s 11-9.
8:24: Patrick Gasman with an ace. UH up 6-3. TO Pepperdine.

Set 2: UH wins 25-20
8:09: Colton Cowell ends it with his ninth kill.
8:05: Waves with an ace, close to 23-20. TO UH.
8:02: Call stands. UH up 21-16
8:00: Pepperdine challenging that Joe Worsley last touched it on the block. if call stands, it would be UH up 21-16.
7;57: Hawaii up 20-16. TO Waves. Colton Cowell 8-1-12. SVT 7-0-12
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7:48: Hawaii up 15-9 at the TTO. Keeping Waves in it are UH service errors, 4 this set
Gage Worsley personally out-digging Pepperdine 10-8.
Set 1 UH wins 25-18
7:31: Colton Cowell with his sixth kill, ends it 25-18.
7:24: Call overturned. Hawaii up 17-10. Parapunov still serving.
7:23: Hawaii challenging whether SVT’s attack hit the block or just the net. If overruled UH would be 17-10. If it stands, Pepperdine would have closed to 16-11.
7:20: Dalton Solbrig on the stepout. It’s 16-10. TO Waves.
7:19: Hearing that traffic into lower campus really bad. Too bad. This match deserves a good crowd.
7:17: call stands. UH up 14-9. Jakob Thelle’s next serve goes long. Pepperdine’s serve goes long. UH up 15-10 at the TTO Warriors hitting .625.
7:16: Pepperdine challenging whether UH’s block landed in or out. if call stands, UH would be up 14-9
Same starting lineup for Hawaii: Gage Worsley, Joe Worsley, Patrick Gasman, Dalton Solbrig, Stijn van Tilburg, Colton Cowell, Rado Parapunov.
No. 6 Pepperdine (13-4) at No. 2 Hawaii (14-0), 7 p.m. HST
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Other Top 15 matches
No.1 Long Beach State def Saint Francis, 3-0
No. 3 UC Irvine def. No. 10 BYU, 3-1
No. 5 UCLA def. Penn State, 25-12, 25-19, 25-21; Rattray 10-3-15, Matautia 5-0-9
No. 7 Lewis def Princeton, 3-0
No. 8 Stanford def. UC San Diego, 3-0
Grand Canyon over No. 9 Loyola for a second straight night, 3-2
Ohio State leads No. 11 USC, 2-1
No. 12 CSUN def. LIndenwood, 3-0

No. 15 Ball State def. King, 25-22, 25-19, 26-24
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  1. Don March 9, 2019 7:22 pm

    The traffic issue is all on UH. No sign by the H1 exit to tell drivers that arena parking is closed. With 3 events on Lower Campus, parking would be at a premium.

  2. Don March 9, 2019 7:24 pm

    Dalton had NO ONE from Pepp. up on the slide.

  3. Cindy Luis March 9, 2019 7:44 pm

    1. is it on UH or DOT about the signage? Agree that UH should have anticipated this better.

  4. Bleachercoach March 9, 2019 9:15 pm

    This is a TEAM for a Lifetime!! As a fan it’s not like I am hoping to win, but to sweep every opponent. I know that is a huge expectation to put on these young men, but they play so effortless making everything look too easy. Awesome job Warriors!!!

  5. H-Man March 9, 2019 10:20 pm

    I made the right decision to stay at home. I thought parking would be a mess. And sounds like it was.

  6. darkfire35 March 9, 2019 10:29 pm

    These warriors are incredible! I’ve never seen them play with such focus, drive and tenacity. If you’ve not seen them play live, you are missing a once in a lifetime treat! It is such a chicken skin moment at match point when everyone is on their feet clapping their hands over their heads shouting “whoop, whoop, whoop”!!


  7. Lori March 9, 2019 10:37 pm

    Just out of curiosity – who is number one on the kill list for Hawaii

  8. jmy March 9, 2019 11:21 pm

    7. Costas Theocharidis (2198 career kills)…Mark Presho is #2…

  9. Kauai boy March 10, 2019 12:05 am

    So annoyed with UH, had friends in town and couldn’t get parking 😡😡😡… At 730 we gave up searching for parking and left to go have dinner… The line off the freeway was so long… We would’ve caught an uber from Waikiki had we known parking was going to be an issue.. UH should offer a refund, I knew we should’ve just purchased our tickets at the arena…

  10. noblesol March 10, 2019 12:47 am

    The baseball game should have been scheduled as a day game to de-conflict. Some of the baseball fans would have left after the game, some would have migrated over to watch the volleyball match after the day game completed. Someone in the Athletics Department needs to exercise some good judgement.

  11. H-Man March 10, 2019 5:41 am

    Change comes hard, Baseball fans will scream they had the 6:35 pm slot for years. I’m neither a baseball or volleyball fan. I like going to the softball games where you can sit wherever you want and admission is free. $6 parking; $6 for gas; and $12 for eats and drink. Not bad. All I have to do is drive 28 miles each way; fight traffic going home and I get to sit on a hard bench seat.

  12. setaon March 10, 2019 6:33 am

    Any idea what happened to Austin Matautia?

  13. Cindy Luis March 10, 2019 7:07 am

    Agree with all the frustrations. they should have anticipated this. will pass along to Matlin.
    12. we’ve discussed quite a bit about Matautia and Rattray transferring to UCLA.

  14. Hi5Ho March 10, 2019 8:05 am

    One thing that’s impacting parking until the end of March is the construction project on the west side of the 5th floor. They’re doing a solar panel installation. Until that project is done, the structure is down about 200 stalls. One alternative to the parking structure would be upper campus. After 4pm, it’s $6. The lot behind Bachman Hall is pretty close to the structure and arena. Another would be the pay parking by the varsity building where the old varsity theater used to be. There’s also the pucks alley structure but that’s not too big. Lastly, there’s the parking structure by the Hawaiian Studies Building. It’s a bit of a walk, but at least you can avoid traffic by coming to campus off Waialae Ave., up St. Louis Dr., turning left onto Dole St. The Hawaiian Studies Parking structure is just past Kanewai Park. Again, it’s a bit of a walk from the structure to the arena, but if you really need parking, that’s an option.

  15. kikuye March 10, 2019 8:50 am

    I’m curious as to why the arena parking was closed last night March 9th, and will it be closed next weekend when hopefully there will be a larger crowd for the volleyball game.

  16. Ace March 10, 2019 9:22 am

    12. Are you referring to his injury? Looks to be season-ending, poor guy. Something about coming down on his foot and being unable to get up. Tough break for him, as he was finding success at UCLA.

  17. Cindy Luis March 10, 2019 11:06 am

    Baseball has had 6:35 slot but they’ve also had day games. could have easily moved it to 4.
    Hopefully they figure out something when Baseball vs. Fullerton conflicts with Big West VB touranement.
    15. lot closed after it was full. as others mentiuoned construction has cost stalls. The lost a lot when expanding law school too.
    16. thanks thought person was asking about where Matautia was this season, not about the injury.
    new thread up for Sunday and SandBows

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