Junior opposite Rado Parapunov today was named the Big West player of the week in men’s volleyball, the fifth time this season for Parapunov and the sixth straight week a Rainbow Warrior player to be recognized.
The Bulgarian national averaged 5.71 kills per set, hitting .435 (40-10-69) as Hawaii won both of last week’s matches against No. 3 UC Santa Barbara. Parapunov had 20 kills in both of the matches at the Stan Sheriff Center.
In Friday’s opener, half of his 20 kills came in Set 2. Parapunov also had four aces.
This is the seventh weekly award in his career for Parapunov. He currently leads the nation in points per set (5.50) and ranks No. 3 in hitting percentage (.484) and kills per set (4.43), and No. 6 in aces per set (0.53).
The Warriors, remaining the unanimous No. 1 in today’s AVCA Coaches Division I-II Top 15, conclude the regular season at No. 2 Long Beach State Friday and Saturday. The matches will determine the regular-season champion as well as the top two seeds for the April 18-20 conference tournament at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The Warriors and 49ers already have clinched quarterfinal byes into the April 19 semifinals.