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
Saturday, 2 p.m. HST
Covelli Center, Columbus, Ohio
No. 1 Hawai’i (16-1) vs. No. 2 Brigham Young (20-3)
- TV: ESPNU
- Video stream: ESPN.com https://www.espn.com/watch/player/_/id/0931cb25-d72e-47f8-8ad5-24580f7df8e5#bucketId=1
- Radio: 1420-AM/92.7-FM
- Audio stream: ESPNHonolulu.com http://player.listenlive.co/27971
- Live stats: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/statmonitr/?id=350016
Series: BYU leads, 42-22