The No. 2 Rainbow Warriors took care of business Sunday night, as they took down No. 8 UC Irvine in four sets, 3-1.
The team started off a little rusty, dropping the first set 22-25, but Charlie Wade’s squad turned it on after that. UH swept the final three sets in dominating fashion, holding the Anteaters to .132 hitting after the first set.
All-Americans Rado Parapunov and Colton Cowell led the charge for the ‘Bows, both having 13 kills. Parapunov added eight digs and two blocks on top of hitting .391 on the night. Cowell had a career-high five aces, half of the team’s 10 in the final three sets. Middle blocker Patrick Gasman hit .571 on nine kills and two aces, and outside hitter Chaz Galloway had eight kills, hitting .538.
Head coach Charlie Wade picked up win number 197, and emptied out his bench with all 11 players seeing action Sunday afternoon. Rado Parapunov only needs one more kill to have 1,000 kills in his UH career, so look forward to this other stat after Monday’s matchup against UC Irvine.
While both teams are in the Big West, neither this series nor the next against UC San Diego will count towards the teams’ conference records.
The teams will meet again Monday night, 7 p.m. PT at the Bren Center. It can be heard on ESPN Honolulu and watched on ESPN 3.