Rado Parapunov wins second AVCA player of the week award

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University of Hawai’i men’s volleyball junior opposite Rado Parapunov doubled as the AVCA and Big West Conference Player of the Week following the team’s series sweep of CSUN.

It marks the second time this season that the junior earned both awards in the same week and the third consecutive week that he was recognized by the conference.
 
The Sofia, Bulgaria native averaged 4.83 kills per set, hitting .600 with 29 kills and just five errors on 40 attempts in a pair of straight-set wins over the Matadors. He had team-highs in kills in both matches, posting 12 in the opener and 17 in the rematch.
 
In Friday’s match, he hit .733 (12-1-15) to along with three digs and two blocks (one solo) while on Saturday, he hit at a .520 clip (17-4-25) with two aces, five digs, and two blocks.
 
The Big West award is the third for Parapunov this season and fifth of his career while the AVCA award is the second of his career. He is the first UH player to receive the AVCA award twice in the same season since Costas Theocharidis in 2001.

On the year, he leads the nation in hitting percentage (.533) and ranks No. 2 in points per set (5.31), No. 5 in kills per set (4.30), and No. 6 in aces (0.56).
 
Parapunov helped the Rainbow Warriors extend their nation’s-best set win streak to 51 with their 17thconsecutive victory to open the season. UH will embark on a six-match road trip beginning with this week’s BYU Invitational in Provo, Utah, where they will face McKendree, Princeton, and host and eighth-ranked Cougars.

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