#2 Hawaii Makes Quick Work of #12 Concordia Irvine in Straight Sets

  0 Derek Johnson | March 03rd, 2018 | Big West, College - Men's Indoor, MPSF, News


  • #2 Hawaii Def. #12 Concordia Irvine 3-0 (25-15, 25-13, 25-21)
  • #2 Hawaii 10-2 (1-1 Big West); #12 Concordia Irvine 8-7 (3-3 MPSF)
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Box score

Honolulu, Hawaii – Playing in front of their home crowd, the second-ranked Hawaii Rainbow Warriors made quick work of #12 Concordia Irvine by dispatching them in three. Not only was it a sweep, but Hawaii outscored Concordia Irvine 75-49 in the dominant showing.

Hawaii seemed to show up in every facet of the match, hitting .443 while holding down Concordia Irvine to a .193 mark. They also posted more aces (6-0), digs (32-22), blocks (nine to 6.5) and set assists (44-28). In fact, for the entire match, there were only seven ties and two lead changes.

Individually for Hawaii, Austin Matautia (15 kills, .440, 10 digs, three aces) put in all-around numbers with Rado Parapunov (11 kills, .556, six digs) also posting double-figure kills. Joe Worsley (39 assists, four blocks) was at the head of an attack that saw seven players reach three or more kills (with six of seven hitting .400 or better).

In the losing effort for the Eagles, Raymond Barsemian (11 kills, .269) led the way in kills with Hunter Howell (six kills, .500) and Parker Maki (five kills, .444) topping out in efficiency. Unfortunately for them though, the rest of the team totaled just five kills with seven attack errors on 41 attempts – good for a -.048 mark.

This won’t be the end of these two teams on the same court this week despite this match coming to its conclusion. They will take part in the rematch on Sunday at 10 p.m. Eastern Time.

Press Releases

Courtesy of Hawaii:

HONOLULU – The second-ranked University of Hawai’i men’s volleyball team had little trouble with No. 13 Concordia-Irvine of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Friday in the first of two non-conference matches at the Stan Sheriff Center. Set scores were 25-15, 25-13, 25-21.

The Rainbow Warriors (10-2), which boasts the nation’s No. 2 ranked offense, hit .443 for the match and were led by sophomore Austin Matautia, who had a match-high 15 kills along with 10 digs for his second career double-double. The ‘Ewa Beach, O’ahu native hit .440 and served three of the team’s six aces. Opposite Rado Parapunov added 11 kills, hitting .556.

The Eagles (8-7) were led by Raymond Barsemian‘s 11 kills.

UH held CUI to .193 hitting for the match and tallied nine blocks. Setter Joe Worsley, the shortest player on the court, had a match-high four blocks along with middle blocker Dalton Solbrig, who also posted six kills, hitting .462.

In Set 1, the Warriors reeled off five straight points, including consecutive overpass kills by Patrick Gasman, for an 8-3 lead. The lead stretched to 15-9 at the media timeout and after a pair of Matautia kills, Hawai’i led 20-12. The sophomore finished with nine kills in the set as UH recorded only two errors in 32 attempts, hitting .531 as a team.

The Hawai’i lead was 6-2 to start Set 2. A 5-0 run made it 13-7 and a 6-0 run gave UH a 22-10 lead. The Warriors posted four blocks and three aces in the set while hitting .458 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

In Set 3, the Warriors used a 10-1 run, including Matautia’s second and third aces of the match during an eight-point surge, for a 16-6 lead. The Eagles pulled within 22-19 but the Warriors closed out the match with back-to-back kills by Brett Rosenmeier, who finished with five kills in only one set of action.

The teams play again on Sunday at 5:00 p.m.

Courtesy of Concordia Irvine:

HONOLULU, Hawaii – The No. 13 Concordia men’s volleyball team (8-7, 3-3 MPSF) took a midseason non-conference road trip to the islands of Hawaii where they faced No. 2 Hawaii (10-2, 1-1 Big West) for the first-time ever in a first of a two-match series on Friday night. The Eagles held in there with the Rainbow Warriors, but it was Hawaii who came out with the win by a score of 25-15, 25-13, 25-21.

As one of the top teams in the nation, Hawaii was able edge Concordia in each statistical category. But, that did not prevent the Eagles from putting on a show where Raymond Barsemian led with 11 kills and Hunter Howell went errorless with six kills and hit .500 with three blocks. Parker Maki emerged off the bench with five kills and hit .444 while Jacob Weiser led Concordia with seven digs.

Hawaii got out to a fast lead in the first set, jumping ahead 7-3 and forcing Concordia into an early timeout. The Eagles crept back into the set by ways of three Barsemian points to cut the Warriors’ lead to four at 11-7. Coming out of the media timeout, Josiah Bergt ended the Hawaii run at 15-10 with a kill. Concordia then came close to losing a point on a Warriors block, but the Eagles scrappiness kept the ball alive allowing for Howell to push the ball into the open court for a kill, making the score 17-12. Hawaii used a 7-1 run behind their hot hitting to earn set point at 24-13. The Eagles responded by fighting off two set points by ways of a Howell kill and a Gibb solo block, but the Warriors ended the set with their 19th kill.

Concordia saw themselves down early at 4-0, but Barsemian delivered a kill for his team’s first point. Down by four again, the Eagles got a spark from two kills from Jonathan Predney and one from Barsemian to bring them to 8-7. Hawaii responded with a run of their own, but two kills by Predney out of the backrow slowed the Warriors down and made the score 14-9. Tough serving from Hawaii gave themselves an advantage, forcing free ball opportunities and targeting their opponent which led to a 12-point lead. Maki and Howell each collected kills before teaming up for a block to make it 23-13, but Hawaii put the set away with a kill and an ace.

The third set started out tight with Concordia getting their first lead of the match at 3-2 and teams trading points from there on. Maki collected three kills for Concordia, but Hawaii put up a 7-0 run to gain separation at 16-6. The Eagles returned the favor with a 7-2 run behind the distribution of Isaiah Kaaa to come closer at 19-14. Concordia then came within three following a Barsemian put away and two Hawaii errors at 23-20. Perched at Warriors’ match point, Concordia fought off one point on a Hawaii error but the No. 2 team in the country clinched the match with a kill.

Next Up: Concordia will get have a rest day before facing Hawaii again on Sunday at 7 PM (PT).

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