RECAP: No. 1 Warriors sweep CSUN

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All-American opposite Rado Parapunov reached double-digit kills for a 19th straight match dating back to last year, putting down a match-high 15, as No. 1 Hawai’i swept CSUN 25-20, 25-20, 25-21 in a Big West men’s volleyball Saturday in Northridge, Calif.

The victory gives the Warriors (13-0, 8-0) the regular-season conference title outright, their first since 1980. Hawai’i extended its nation’s best winning streak to 14 dating back to last year as well as ran its consecutive road wins skein to 15.

Freshmen middle Guilherme Voss a career-high nine kills and sophomore hitter Kana’i Akana, a transfer from Brigham Young, a UH career-high five kills when playing in the final two sets. Parapunov and Colton Cowell were both in on four of the Warriors’ 5,5 blocks.

 Cowell had all three of Hawai’i’s aces to go with seven kills.

Leading the Matadors (1-7, 1-7) with nine kills each were Griffen Walters and Cole Chea.

The Warriors return home to finish out the regular season when hosting UC Irvine next Friday and Saturday. Hawai’i remains in Honolulu when hosting the Big West Tournament April 22-24. UH has already clinched the top seed and a first-round bye.

Set 3: UH wins 25-21

2:25: Thelle on the dump ends it.

2:21: Behind Gasman’s serving, UH on a 4-0 run. CSUN’s oppo Hobus injured during joust with Akana Carried off the court. Hawaii up 23-18.

2:18: Hawai’i breaks a 18-18 tie on a kill by Parapunov and a block It’s 20-18 TO CSUN

2:12: Voss with his career-high eighth kill puts UH up 14-13. Matadors use a kill and Cowell hitting errot to go uo 15-14 at the TTO

2:08: Hawai’i challenging (not sure what). If call stands CSUN would be leading 11-10. So challenged was deemed “unchallenge-able). Matadors lead 11-10

2:04: CSUN challenging a touch on a CSUN attack. Matadors lose it. It is tied 8-8

Set 2: UH wins 25-20

1:53: Voss ends it with his fourth kill. Akana doing well 3-1-5

1:45: Hawai’i on a 3-0 run, kill by Voss, a block and a CSUN hitting error. It’s 18-13. TO Matadors

1:39: Two straight aces by Cowell gives Hawai’i the 11-8 lead. TO CSUN

1:30: Akana starting in place of Galloway

Parapunov 6K, Cowell 3K

SET 1: UH wins 25-20

1:26: Hitting error by CSUN ends it. Warriors finish it on a 4-0 run

1:24: Parapunov with two straight kills, UH up 23-20 TO CSUN

1:17: Cowell aced. CSUN on a 3-0 run, close to 17-15. TO Warriors

1:07: Hawai’i off to a quick 9-4 start. TO CSUN

Warriors going with same lineup as Friday

OH Galloway & Cowell, MB Gasman & Voss, S Thelle, L Worsley, Opp Parapunov

No. 1 Hawai’i (12-0, 7-0) at CSUN (1-6, 1-6) 1 p.m. HST

Warriors can clinch Big West title outright today. They have already clinched the top seed in the Big West tournament April 22-24 at SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center.

Radio pregame at 12:45 pm HST


    • Patchell has been pretty consistent with his vote so I’m going to say yes. BYU still won the MPSF and is the top seed in the tournament the Cougars will host in Provo. It was amazing, tho, that BYU was up 24-18 in Set 3 and UCLA was able to tie it at 24 (2 aces by Austin Matautia during that 6-0 run)

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