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Cowell returns, Rainbow Warriors beat Ramblers in 4

UH Roundup

The Maui News and The Associated Press

Rado Parapunov had 24 kills, and the top-ranked University of Hawaii men’s volleyball team defeated No. 12 Loyola-Chicago 22-25, 25-23, 25-20, 27-25 on Saturday in Chicago.

In his return from a leg injury that kept him out of the Rainbow Warriors’ previous two matches, King Kekaulike High School graduate Colton Cowell had 19 kills and eight digs. He also had three assists, two aces and two blocks as UH improved to 7-0.

Hawaii hit .367 for the match, including .500 and .419 over the final two sets.

Cole Schlothauer led the Ramblers (1-5) with 16 kills.

The Rainbow Warriors next play Lincoln Memorial in Harrogate, Tenn., today.

• MEN’S BASKETBALL: At Honolulu, Drew Buggs scored 12 points and tied his career high with 12 assists, and Zigmars Raimo and Justin Webster combined to score 16 of their 21 points in the second half as Hawaii beat UC Santa Barbara 70-63 on Saturday.

Webster finished with 11 points, eight in the second half, and Raimo scored 10. Justin Hemsley added a career-high 10 points for UH. The Rainbow Warriors snapped a three-game skid against UC Santa Barbara.

The Gauchos (12-6, 1-2 Big West Conference) used a 13-2 run to take a three-point lead late in the first half and led 35-33 at halftime, but Hawaii (12-6, 3-1) scored the first eight points in an 11-2 spurt to open the second half and led the rest of the way. UCSB trimmed its deficit to 46-43 with about 12 minutes to go, but Hemsley and Mate Colina answered with back-to-back layups, and the Gauchos got no closer.

Max Heidigger had 21 points and Jaquori McLaughlin scored 14 for UCSB.

UH next plays UC Davis at home on Saturday.

• WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: At Honolulu, Hawaii set a school record with 18 made 3-pointers in defeating Cal State Fullerton 79-72 on Saturday.

Courtney Middap hit six 3s and finished with 24 points to lead the Rainbow Wahine (8-9, 2-2). Amy Atwell added 16 points while making four from long distance, and Julissa Tago and Savannah Reier each drained three 3s to finish with 10 and nine points, respectively. UH shot 46.2 percent (18 of 39) from behind the arc.

Raina Perez led the Titans (10-7, 2-2) with 34 points.

Next up for the Rainbow Wahine is a road game at Long Beach State on Thursday.