For the second straight night, the University of Hawai'i Rainbow Warrior volleyball team swept the Golden Eagles, 25-18, 25-16, 25-17 tonight at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Senior outside hitter Colton Cowell led the 'Bows (2-0) once again with eight kills.
In a match that had 15 'Bows see action, Charleston (0-2) struggled at the service line as the Golden Eagles committed 19 errors and no aces. The 'Bows hit a firing .312 compared to the Golden Eagles' .164.
Senior opposite Rado Parapunov opened up the first set as he put down four kills on five swings. Charleston hit .429 for the set, but its six service errors did not help. Parapunov ended the set in the 'Bows' favor with his third ace, 25-18.
The Golden Eagles led 3-0 and 5-3 to start set 2, but the 'Bows fired back to 15-12. Parapunov was subbed out for freshman opposite Dimitrios Mouchlias in the set. Both freshman liberos, Shea Suzumoto and ‘Eleu Choy, also made appearances throughout the match. Mouchlias contributed to a triple block to set up set point for the 'Bows, but the Golden Eagles made a service error as the 'Bows took a 2-0 lead overall.
James Anastassiades started a 5-0 serving run to help the 'Bows lead 7-3 in set three. Freshman and local boy Alaka'i Todd also entered the match. His first swing was blocked by a Golden Eagle, but his ace afterwards gave the 'Bows a 13-8 lead. As UH was up 17-10, freshman outside hitter Cole Hogland and setter Brett Sheward also came in. Hogland's solo block set up the match point for the 'Bows and eventually won two points later by a Charleston service error.
The 'Bows return to the Stan Sheriff Center on Jan. 9 for the Raising Canes Rainbow Warrior Classic. UH will open up the tournament versus Emmanuel at 7 p.m.