The top-seeded Rainbow Warriors captured the NCAA men's volleyball championship with a 25-21, 25-19, 25-16 sweep of No. 2 BYU on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. Head coach Charlie Wade, senior outside hitter Colton Cowell and senior opposite Rado Parapunov shared their thoughts after the game.
Hawaii’s Patrick Gasman, left, and Colton Cowell attempt to block a shot from BYU’s Gabi Garcia Fernandez (5) during the NCAA men’s volleyball championship match today in Columbus, Ohio.
ASSOCIATED PRESS / MAY 6
Hawaii’s Rado Parapunov, left, hits the ball over the net against UC Santa Barbara’s Roy McFarland, center, and Keenan Sanders in the semifinals of the NCAA men’s college volleyball tournament Thursday in Columbus, Ohio.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio >> The waiting ends today for Hawaii and BYU.
In a matchup anticipated since the top two teams in collegiate men’s volleyball last met in Manoa in March 20202, the No. 1 seeded Rainbow Warriors (16-1) and No. 2 seed Cougars (20-3) meet for the national championship today at the Covelli Center on the Ohio State campus.
UH advanced to its fourth NCAA final with a sweep of UC Santa Barbara on Thursday. BYU, seeking its fourth national championship, outlasted Lewis in the semifinals to set up the rematch of last year’s series at the Stan Sheriff Center which ended with UH’s dramatic comeback from two sets down.
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