Junior outside hitter Colton Cowell put down a match-high 10 kills and hit .444 to help the No. 1-ranked University of Hawai'i volleyball team sweep Charleston on Friday night at the Stan Sheriff Center. Set scores were 25-19, 25-16, 25-16.
UH extended its home win streak to 18 matches dating back to 2018. The 'Bows won their seventh straight-season opener as they made eight aces in the match.
Senior opposite Rado Parapunov added nine kills in the 'Bows win. Junior middle blocker Patrick Gasman, freshman outside hitter Filip Humler and junior outside hitter James Anastassiades had two aces each. Gasman made three blocks and hit 4-of-4.
In his first start career start, freshman setter Jakob Thelle finished with 22 assists.
UH trailed Charleston 12-9 in set one before rallying for a 16-13 lead after Gasman made back-to-back aces. The 'Bows went on a 16-6 run to extend their lead 22-18 after the Golden Eagles committed their first hitting error of the night. The 'Bows closed out the set by making six of the final seven points, 25-19.
The 'Bows dominated the second set with a 9-3 lead and eventually reeled off seven straight points to go 12-3. UH hit .467 in the set with three blocks and three service aces.
In set three, UH used a 6-1 run to lead 10-6. Sophomore middle blocker Max Rosenfeld saw action as he made an ace to extend UH's lead 13-7. freshman Dimitrios Mouchlias made consecutive kills to help the 'Bows lead 21-14. Freshman middle blocker Guilherme Voss set up aloha ball for the Warriors with his back-to-back kills.
Both teams will rematch tomorrow night, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Stan Sheriff Center.