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UH tops UC San Diego in four sets in home opener

Rado Parapunov had 17 kills and Colton Cowell added 14 as the top-ranked University of Hawaii men’s volleyball opened its home slate with a four-set victory over No. 12 UC San Diego on Friday night at SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.

Chaz Galloway contributed 13 kills — hitting .417 — as the Rainbow Warriors improved to 8-0 overall and 3-0 in Big West Conference play with the 25-21, 23-25, 25-21, 25-15 victory.

Cowell, a King Kekaulike High School alum, also had seven digs, two assists and a block for UH, which hit .314 — a solid percentage, though well off its nation-leading season average of .381. The Rainbow Warriors dominated at the net, outblocking the Tritons 12.5-5.5.

After the teams split the first two sets, they remained close in the third. With UH holding a slim 23-21 lead, a kill by Cowell and block by Guilherme Voss gave the Rainbow Warriors the 2-1 set advantage.

From there, the result was never really in doubt as UH jumped out to a 4-0 lead and opened up a 15-5 lead by the media timeout. The Rainbow Warriors led 22-8 after a triple block by Parapunov, Max Rosenfeld and Chaz Galloway, and UH closed out the win comfortably with subs in the game.

Kyle McCauley had 17 kills and Ryan Ka added 10 for UC San Diego (1-6, 1-2), which also dropped two nonconference matches to UH on the Mainland last month.

The teams play again tonight.

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