History: No. 1 Warriors perfect in conference and regular season, sweep UCI

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Set 3: UH win 25-13

8:44: Cowell ends it with his eight kill

8:38: Call overturned. It’s 19-7

6:36: UH now challenge UCI attack was out.

8:36: Challenge good. UH up 18-7.

8:34: Hawaii up 17-8, challenging the serve being out.

8:29: UH with its 8.5 block. It’s 15-4 at the TTO

8:24: Someone working out his frustrations. Parapunov with his four ace during this run. It’s 11-3. TO UCI

8:20: Parapunov who hasn’t had an ace in several weeks, has two straight. It’s 8-3. TO UCI

BTW, UCI did get a yellow card for delay of game.

UCI hasn’t show up after the 5 minute break. Here they are. They should be docked a point for delay of game. But doubt it will happen.

Set 2: UH wins 25-18

8:07: Over reach by Staddick ends it.

8:03: Cowell on the overpass. UH up 22-18.TO UCI

7:59: Parapunov with his 10th kill. Now in double figures in all 15 matches this season.

7:55: Pretty ugly VB right now. UH up 15-12 at the TTO

7:49: No official challenge, It’s 8-6

7:46: UCI arguing that Hawai’i’s block was below the net and it should count as the first touch. At the moment, UH up 8-6

7:40: Challenge successful.. It’s 1-1

7:39: UH challenging a touch on Parapunov’s attack. If overturned it would be 1-1. If it stands, UCI up 2-0

Set 1 UH wins 25-17

Parapunov 4-1-9, Galloway 2-0-6, Gasman 2-0-3, Voss 2-1-3, Cowell 1-2-8

7:35: Warriors finally end it on a UCI hitting error. That was seven set points

7:31: What was a 24-11 lead is now down to 24-17 lead. TO UH.

7:24: Hitting error by UCI puts UH up 21-9. Gasman with a bump-assist to Galloway. UH siding out at 90 percent.

7:20: Hawai’i’s 15 points includes 5 blocks, 5 kills, 3 aces.

7:18: UCI with a service error. UH up 15-7 at the TTO

7:15: Hawaii has 5 blocks in taking a 12-5 lead. UH had 5 total last night.

7:10: Two aces by Gasman and Warriors on a 4-0 run. UH up 7-3. TO UCI

Singing the national anthem and Hawai’i Pono’i (via the JumboTron) was Henry Kapono. Think it was his first appearance in the arena since senior night for Wahine Liz Ka’aihue, his niece.

Warriors going back to their regular lineup with Chaz Galloway at L2. He had missed Friday due to illness.

Jakob Thelle S, Guilherme Voss MB, Patrick Gasman MB, Rado Parapunov Opp, Gage Worsley L, Colton Cowell OH

Very cool. as they did for men’s and women’s basketball, the seniors were introduced on the JumboTron by family members.

UC Irvine (2-12, 2-7) at No. 1 Hawai’i (14-0, 9-0), 7 p.m. HST Saturday

Stat of the night from Friday: Rado Parapunov had 9 of Hawai’is 11 kills in Set 5 (9-0-12), hit .750

Big West Tournament seedings

  1. Hawaii (9-0).
  2. UC Santa Barbara (7-3).
  3. Long Beach State (6-4).
  4. UC San Diego (3-7).

Even if UC Irvine were to beat Hawai’ tonight, the Tritons have the tiebreak on point differential. If UC Irvine (currently 2-7) were to win tonight, Anteaters earned fifth seed and CSUN (2-8). If ‘Eaters lose and finished tied with CSUN, the Matadors have tie tiebreak on point differential and would be seeded fifth, UCI sixth.

Tournament bracket at Stan Sheriff Center

Thursday, quarterfinals

  • Long Beach State (3) vs. either UCI or CSUN (6), 4:30 p.m.
  • UC San Diego vs. either UCI or CSUN (5), 7 p.m.

Friday, semifinals

  • UC Santa Barbara (2) vs. 3/6 winner, 4:30 p.m.
  • Hawaii (1) vs. 4/5 winner, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, championship, NCAA auto bid
  • Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

By Cindy Luis

It will be a Senior Night like no other. But — unlike 2020 — at least they will have a Senior Night. And the Warriors are grateful for that, fans or no fans tonight at SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center. The 130 or so cutouts, including one of Gage Worsley’s dog Kai, just might witness some history.

The Worsleys’ dog Kai with mom Christine also made an in-person appearance at The Pyramid during 2019 NCAA Tournament practice

No. 1 Hawai’i looks to finish undefeated in the regular season for the first time in program history as well as become the first unbeaten conference team in the short history of the Big West. The Warriors have had two previous oerfect conference runs, in 1980 in the WCVC (which was not an NCAA-sanctioned league according to then-coach Dave Shoji) and 1996 in the MPSF, the team that went on to finish second at the NCAA tournament.

3 Comments

  1. Hello Cindy. So last night, I wrote on a different thread, “Net net, the atrocious UCI service errors was the main differentiator. UCI was +3 in kills, -3 in attack errors, -1 in aces, and -8 in service errors vs UH. Net is 3 fewer points compared to UH, which is the cumulative net difference in set scores.”

    Interestingly, the TV broadcast had a fun fact that was eerily similar to the comment, a little simplified, but clearly talking about the net total 3 points in favor of UH last night. So I think someone associated with TV is reading your blog.

  2. Another fun fact on a personal note…like the Worsleys, I too have a blue merle Australian shepherd, and his name is Koa.

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