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UH’s Parapunov named AVCA Player of the Year

The Maui News

University of Hawaii opposite Rado Parapunov was named the AVCA National Player of the Year on Wednesday.

Parapunov, a senior from Sofia, Bulgaria, is the third player in program history to win the award, joining Yuval Katz (co-Player of the Year in 1996) and Costas Theo­charidis (2001, 2003).

Parapunov ranks third nationally in kills per set (4.41) and points per set (5.24). In the last two weeks, he became a three-time first team All-American, two-time Big West Player of the Year and three-time all-Big West first team.

Also on Wednesday, Parapunov won Off the Block’s Nicolas Szerszen Award (nation’s best non-U.S. born player) for the third consecutive year and the Bryan Ivie Award (best opposite) for the second time. Other Off the Block honorees included UH’s Gage Worsley (Erik Shoji Award for best libero, Steve Shondell Award for best passer) and Patrick Gasman (Ryan Millar Award for best middle attacker).

The Rainbow Warriors are the top seed for this week’s NCAA tournament in Columbus, Ohio. They will face UC Santa Barbara in the semifinals today at 11 a.m. Hawaii time. The match will be streammed live on NCAA.com.

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NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship

At Columbus, Ohio • All times HST

Quarterfinals • Tuesday’s Results

UC Santa Barbara def. Pepperdine 25-23, 25-22, 22-25, 28-26

Lewis def. Penn St. 25-23, 27-25, 25-20

Semifinals • Today’s Matches

No. 1 Hawaii vs. UC Santa Barbara, 11 a.m.

No. 2 BYU vs. Lewis, 2 p.m.

Championship • Saturday’s Match

Semifinals winners, 2 p.m. (ESPNU)

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