UH volleyball moves up to No. 1; Cowell earns weekly honor

Colton Cowell

The Maui News

The University of Hawaii men’s volleyball team took over the top spot in the AVCA coaches’ poll Monday, the first time this season the Rainbow Warriors have held the No. 1 spot in the country.

Coming off four road wins to start its season last week, Hawaii (4-0) earned 15 of 16 first-place votes to move up from No. 2 to the top spot. Former No. 1 BYU (6-2), which lost to Grand Canyon in three sets last week, received the other first-place vote and fell to No. 2. Pepperdine, UC Santa Barbara and Lewis round out the top 5.

The Rainbow Warriors also held onto the top spot in the Off The Block media poll for the third straight week.

Also on Monday, UH swept the Big West Conference’s weekly awards. Outside hitter Colton Cowell was named Player of the Week, opposite Rado Parapunov earned Defensive Player of the Week honors and outside hitter Spyros Chakas was Freshman of the Week.

Cowell, a graduate of King Kekaulike High School, led UH with 13 kills each in a pair of sweeps of UC San Diego. He hit .339 for the series.

The Rainbow Warriors are off this week and are set to return March 11-13, when they play a three-match series at UC Santa Barbara. The first two matches will serve as UH’s first Big West contests of the season.


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