FINAL: Warriors win NCAA title, 3-0 over BYU! Parapunov MVP

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COLUMBUS, Ohio >> Rado Parapunov put down 13 kills en route to being named the Most Valuable Player and No, 1 Hawai’i swept No. 2 Brigham Young to earn the NCAA men’s volleyball championship Saturday night.

The Warriors (17-1) finished with 10 aces, four by sophomore setter Jakob Thelle who had Hawai’i hitting .381. Patrick Gasman finished with seven kills, with one hitting error, and Colton Cowell also had seven kills with three aces at the Covelli Center.

Parapunov, named the AVCA national player of the year earlier this week also had three aces and was in on two of the Warriors’ 5.5 blocks.

For BYU (20-4), Gabi Garcia Fernandezaa, the 2020 player of the year, finished his All-American career with 12 kills. But the most lethal server in the NCAA had none on Saturday..

The Cougars have been swept in their past four NCAA finals appearances. Setter Wil Stanley finished his career with 29 assists, two kills and an ace.

It is the Warriors’ first title since 2002, a championship that was vacated when the NCAA ruled Hawai’i had used an ineligible player,

The X-factors may have been outside hitter Chaz Galloway and middle Guilherme Voss, who had identical lines with six kills and no errors on nine swings.

Set 3: UH wins 25-16

9:40: Gasman with the final kill

9:37: GGF sends a free ball bump into the net. It’s 22-15. TO BYU

9:35: Call reversed. It’s 21-15

9:33: UH challenging a NV violation on BYU.

9:30: Call stands. It’s 19-14

9:28: BYU challenging whether there was a touch on GGF’s attack. If call stands, UH would be up 18-13

9:21: Parapunov with 10 kills, it’s 12-6

9:17: Thelle on 2, UH up 8-4. TO BYU

9:13; Hawaii with 9 aces, UH up 4-1

Parapunov 8-2-18, 3 straight aces; Cowell 6-4-18, Galloway 5-0-6, Voss 4-0-7, Gasman 3-0-4

Set 2: UH wins 25-19

9:07: Cowell with his sixth kill, ends it on UH’s 3rd set point

8:58: What was a 17-9 lead is down to 17-12.TO UH

Not sure if Gasman is 100 percent. think knee might be bothering him

8:53: Thelle’s tough serving giving BYU all sorts of problem. It’s 15-8. TO BYU

8:50: Warriors with their third block, lead 12-8. TO BYU

Warriors survive 6 service errors, outblocked 5.5-1.5 to win Set 1

Set 1: UH wins 25-21

8:36: Jon Stanley sends serve long on UH’s second set point

8:33: Chakas still on serve, it’s 23-19. TO BYU

831: Behind Chakas’ serve, UH up 21-19. TO BYU

8:28: BYU up 19-18 as Cowell hits long after a set from Parapunov. TO UH

8:24: Jauhiainen with the service overpass, BYU pulls to 16-15. TO UH

8:20: BYU’s service error puts Hawai’i up 15-12 at the TTO

Keeping the Cougars in the match: 5 services errors by UH

Warriors going with same lineup: Parapunov, Thelle, Worsley, Galloway, Gasman, Voss, Cowell


NCAA Men’s Volleyball Tournament
Championship match
Saturday, 2 p.m. HST
Covelli Center, Columbus, Ohio
No. 1 Hawai’i (16-1) vs. No. 2 Brigham Young (20-3)

Series: BYU leads, 42-22


  1. Story of the first set: UH superior serve receive as compared to BYU. BYU out of system a lot. BYU not the same team as we saw in Hawaii last year, at least in this first set.

  2. BTW Cindy, Kevin Barnett shares your view on UH’s vacated title. After Sunderland said how UH had to vacate its title, Barnett chimes in how we all know who won that match (UH) and the asterisk indicating the vacated title was the silliest asterisk.

  3. Gardini couldn’t pass to save his life in set 2. BYU not energized, too many hitting errors, too many reception errors.

  4. Such a deserving win for the Warriors! They’ve worked so hard, bonded so closely and was coached so well! I was on the road most of the afternoon so I had to watch the live stats tick off the numbers. I imagine my yelling at 24-16 on the 3rd match at the Sam’s Gas station in Pearl City was heard by other drivers, lol!
    Congratulations Warriors!

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