No. 1 Rainbow Warriors sweep No. 4 Anteaters for 10th Outrigger title
The Maui News and The Associated Press
King Kekaulike High School graduate Colton Cowell had 12 kills en route to earning Most Outstanding Player honors, and the top-ranked University of Hawaii men’s volleyball team captured its 10th Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Invitational title with a sweep of No. 4 UC Irvine on Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.
Cowell also had four digs, two aces, an assist and a block in the Rainbow Warriors’ convincing 25-22, 25-20, 25-20 victory. He was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Rado Parapunov, Patrick Gasman and Gage Worsley.
Parapunov finished with 14 kills, four blocks, six digs and a pair of aces against the Anteaters (7-4) as UH improved to 12-0.
Hawaii led in the early going of the match and held a 22-18 advantage late in the first set. UC Irvine rallied to get within 23-22 before a Parapunov kill and Dimitrios Mouchlias solo block ended the set.
The second set was close throughout, with UH clinging to a 22-20 lead after an error by Parapunov. But it was all Rainbow Warriors from there as they scored the final three points on a Filip Humler kill, UC Irvine hitting error and a block by Gasman and Humler.
UH jumped out to a 9-3 lead in the third, eventually leading by as many as nine points, and the Anteaters were never able to get close again.
Alexandre Nsakanda had 15 kills and five blocks, and Scott Stadick had 11 blocks to lead UC Irvine.
Hawaii next plays at Stanford on Friday and Saturday.
• MEN’S BASKETBALL: At San Luis Obispo, Calif., Junior Ballard had 15 points and six rebounds as Cal Poly edged past Hawaii 79-75 in overtime on Saturday night.
Colby Rogers gave the Mustangs the lead for good at 77-75 on a 3-pointer with 25 seconds left in overtime and added a pair of free throws with 9 seconds left to secure the win.
Jamal Smith had 14 points and seven rebounds for Cal Poly (7-16, 4-5 Big West Conference), which earned its fourth straight home victory.
Dawson Carper scored a career-high 20 points and had 11 rebounds for the Rainbow Warriors (14-8, 5-3), who overcame a 15-point deficit to force overtime. Drew Buggs added 19 points and 11 rebounds. Justin Webster had 11 points and seven rebounds.
Eddie Stansberry, the Rainbow Warriors’ leading scorer heading into the matchup at 17 points per game, was held to only five points on 2-of-10 shooting.
Hawaii plays Long Beach State at home on Wednesday.
• WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: At Santa Barbara, Calif., the Rainbow Wahine ran their winning streak to five games with a 63-51 victory over UC Santa Barbara on Saturday.
The Rainbow Wahine (13-10, 7-3) have won seven of their last eight games, and have won each of their last four by 10 or more points.
Julissa Tago lead UH with 21 points, while Lauren Rewers added 16 points.
Ila Lane had 20 points and Coco Miller scored 19 to lead the Gauchos (9-13, 4-5).
The Rainbow Wahine next host Cal State Northridge on Thursday.