Seven members of the University of Hawaii men’s volleyball team earned Big West Conference honors on Monday, including four on the All-Big West first team.
Senior opposite Rado Parapunov, senior outside hitter Colton Cowell, junior libero Gage Worsley and senior middle blocker Patrick Gasman were named to the All-Big West Conference first team. All four players will not return to the program in 2022, including Worsley, who is leaving a year of eligibility on the table to focus on a professional career after earning his bachelor’s degree. Meanwhile, Gasman became the first player in Big West men’s history to earn first team honors four times.
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Freshman outside hitter Chaz Galloway and sophomore setter Jakob Thelle were named All-Big West Honorable Mention, while true freshman outside hitter Spyros Chakas was named to the All-Freshman team.
“They’re a talented group but the level in play in the league is so high that there’s always good players left out so we don’t talk much about those kind of awards and I rarely even acknowledge it when we meet up the next time,” UH head coach Charlie Wade said on Monday. “Getting individual awards is just a byproduct of being on a good team. The better your team is the more people get recognized. There’s lots of good players all throughout men’s collegiate volleyball and certainly in the Big West. Having said that, everybody liked an attaboy once in a while. You like to be acknowledged that you’re playing well but certainly not anything that we spend a lot of time on.”
The Rainbow Warriors are currently coming off of a weekend sweep over UC Irvine that completed a perfect 15-0 regular season.
Hawaii is the host of this week’s Big West Conference tournament, which takes place from Thursday to Saturday at SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center. The ‘Bows are the top seed and will face the winner of the first round UC San Diego-Cal State Northridge matchup in Friday’s semifinals at 7 p.m. Fans are not permitted to attend, but every game of the tournament will be broadcast on Spectrum Sports and ESPN Honolulu.
“We know that there’s only six teams in the league and they’re all good and everybody got really good players and if you get hot, everybody can play at a really high level and for us it’s always just being efficient,” said Wade. “If we keep the errors low, closer to five than 10, then we got a really good chance of winning every night.”