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Rainbow Warriors sweep Gauchos, improve to 6-0

Parapunov

Rado Parapunov had 16 kills and eight digs to lead the top-ranked University of Hawaii men’s volleyball team to a 25-18, 25-21, 25-20 victory over UC Santa Barbara on Friday in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Freshman outside hitter Chaz Galloway had eight kills in eight attempts and Patrick Gasman posted eight kills in nine attempts, hitting .889, as the Rainbow Warriors improved to 6-0 overall, 2-0 in

Big West Conference play. King Kekaulike High School graduate Colton Cowell added seven kills, hitting .174, with three digs, an ace and a block.

Unlike the teams’ first match Thursday — when UH started slow and dropped the first set before rallying for a four-set victory — the Rainbow Warriors jumped out to a 4-1 lead and never trailed in running away with the opening-set win.

A 7-3 run midway through the second set — capped by a block by Gasman and Jakob Thelle — gave UH an 18-13 lead, and the Rainbow Warriors held on after the Gauchos closed within 22-20 but committed a pair of costly errors.

In the third, UH trailed 6-4 before going on a 10-3 run to take a 14-9 lead. UC Santa Barbara wouldn’t go down so easily, however, climbing back within 16-15 on a block of Parapunov. But the Rainbow Warriors slowly pulled away again, and Parapunov ended it with his final kill.

Randy DeWeese led the Gauchos (4-2) with 11 kills.

The teams wrap up their series today, though the match will not count in the conference standings.

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