University of Hawai’i men’s volleyball junior opposite Rado Parapunov was selected as the Big West Conference Player of the Week following his dominant performance in last week’s series sweep of No. 3 UC Irvine.
The Sofia, Bulgaria native led the Rainbow Warriors (12-0) to a pair of sweeps over the Anteaters, which extended UH’s consecutive set winning streak to 36. Parapunov averaged 5.67 kills per set while hitting .463 with 34 kills and only nine errors in 54 attempts.
This marks the third time in Parapunov’s career that he’s received the award after winning it twice last season.
The 6-foot-9 opposite also 1.33 blocks and 1.17 digs per set along with three aces. In the series opener, he tallied 18 kills with six digs and four blocks and followed up with 16 kills, hitting .565 with two aces and four blocks in the rematch.
On the year, Parapunov leads the team with a 4.07 kill average, hitting a staggering .513, which ranks No. 2 nationally. The Sofia, Bulgaria native also ranks fourth nationally with 18 aces on the year and has reached double figures in kills six times.
The Rainbow Warriors came in at second in the latest AVCA coaches poll released on Monday marking as the seventh consecutive week that UH is positioned behind the defending national champions of Long Beach State.
UH will next host 25thOutrigger Resorts Invitational Thursday, March 7 through Saturday, March 9, featuring No. 6 Pepperdine, No. 15 Ball State, and King University. All matches begin at 4:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m., at the Stan Sheriff Center.