Rado Parapunov dominated with 17 kills and six digs to lead the University of Hawai'i past No. 8 Stanford in a sweep on Friday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
"I wouldn’t say we were confident, we were ready, focused and prepared on every single part of the game," he said. "We trust each other, it's all based on trust."
Parapunov was just six kills shy of his career-high of 23 kills, as UH (4-0) won in three sets, 25-15, 27-25 and 25-22 over the Cardinals (7-2).
The first set started off with a rocket-powered kill by Parapunov. UH took a 16-8 lead with four straight points, topped off by a pair of Parapunov kills and an ace by senior outside hitter Stijn van Tilburg. The 'Bows won the first set, 25-15.
The second set quickly turned into an intense back and forth battle as the match was tied 12-12, 20-20 then 24-24. A service error for Stanford gave UH the lead, 26-25, followed by a kill by Parapunov to win the set, 27-25.
UH led 6-2 early in set three, but Stanford fought back by scoring four unanswered points to tie it at 13. Junior middle blocker Patrick Gasman and outside hitter Colton Cowell put down consecutive kills to give the 'Bows a 17-14 lead. The Cardinals trailed by one point on four occasions, but UH closed the match with kills by Parapunov and Cowell.
The 'Bows will have a rematch with Stanford on Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Stan Sheriff Center.