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UH sweeps Grand Canyon; Cowell, Thompson named all-tourney

The Maui News

Rado Parapunov had 13 kills en route to earning tournament MVP honors, and the No. 1-ranked University of Hawaii men’s volleyball team swept Grand Canyon on Saturday night to win the Raising Cane’s Rainbow Warrior Classic.

Patrick Gasman added nine kills and also had a match-high five blocks in the 25-15, 25-20, 25-13 win at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Christian Janke led the Antelopes (1-2) with nine kills.

The Rainbow Warriors (5-0) played without King Kekaulike High School graduate Colton Cowell, who was suited up but sat out after injuring his left leg the night before.

Cowell joined Parapunov, Gasman and setter Jacob Thelle on the all-tournament team. Emmanuel’s Don Thompson, also a King Kekaulike alum, was also named to the all-tourney team — the senior middle finished with 26 kills in the Lions’ three losses in Honolulu.

UH next heads to the Midwest for four road matches starting Friday at No. 6 Lewis and Saturday at No. 11 Loyola-Chicago.

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