Rainbow Warriors down Flyers in 4

Lewis apologizes after radio snafu


The Maui News

The No. 1-ranked University of Hawaii men’s volleyball team hit a season-low .248 but did enough to remain undefeated this season with a four-set victory over No. 5 Lewis on Friday in Romeoville, Ill.

Rado Parapunov led the Rainbow Warriors (6-0) with a match-high 22 kills and 10 digs to defeat the Flyers 20-25, 25-23, 26-24, 25-23.

The senior also had four aces and four blocks as he collected his second career double-double. Chaz Galloway added eight kills and three blocks for UH, while Patrick Gasman put down seven kills and also had six blocks and four aces.

The Rainbow Warriors were without kills leader Colton Cowell for the match — the King Kekaulike High School alum left last week’s tournament with a left leg injury.

After dropping the first set to the Flyers (3-2), the Rainbow Warriors rallied in the second.

Midway through third set, UH went on a 5-1 run to close within 20-17, and then later scored five straight points for a 24-23 lead. A double block by Max Rosenfeld and Parapunov finished the set.

The Flyers closed within 22-21 in the final frame before committing a couple errors. Gasman ended the match with back-to-back kills.

Ryan Coenen led Lewis, which hit .193 for the match, with 12 kills and five blocks. Kyle Bugee added 10 kills and five aces, Dalen Instenes had six kills and 12 digs, and Kevin Kauling dished out 18 assists.

During the match, UH play-by-play radio commentator Tiff Wells tweeted in response to a comment he heard on Lewis’ broadcast.

“Appreciate the stream of tonight’s match @LewisMVBall but you just may want to tell the pxp (play-by-play) guy to not say ‘I can’t believe they are called the Rainbow Warriors…that’s the worst name I’ve ever heard of any team in the history of human existence,’ “ Wells posted.

The Lewis athletics department tweeted an apology shortly after for “this unfortunate incident.”

“We’d like to offer our sincere apologies to our friends at @HawaiiMensVB and @HawaiiAthletics for the comments our student broadcasters during timeouts in the first set and between sets one and two,” the department wrote. “Once we were made aware of the situation we addressed it with them and reminded them that even though they were on break on the radio side that there (sic) microphones were still hot. This a learning experience for our students.”

The Rainbow Warriors next play at No. 12 Loyola-Chicago today.