UH Volleyball

I started watching some UH volleyball, both the men and wahine. I haven’t watched a game for a long, long time. Two guys stand out for me on the men’s side: Rado Parapunov, who seems like Uv, part 2, and Colton Cowell. Cowell is listed as 6′ 1″, but he looks like a libero when he’s standing by his teammates–but the guy is explosive, both in terms of jumping and hitting. He can crank. I feel like I’m watching Karch Kiraly out there.

Regarding the wahine–why aren’t they playing? I wanted to see the frosh setter from Texas. My understanding is that Robin Ah Mow, when she first saw the setter said, “She’s the one I want to see run the offense for the next four years,” or something to that effect. It seems like Ah Mow (and Ljungquist) are doing well as coaches, which is totally awesome to see.

9 thoughts on “UH Volleyball

  1. I only watch when I go to my mom’s house, because I have Youtube TV now, which doesn’t have any local sports. But I think Parapunov might be better than Yuval. It’s not talent, but Yuval was a little short, whereas Parapunov is like 6’9″. Yeah Cowell is amazing, but that frosh Galloway with the bleach top, is even more unbelievable in terms of hops.

    1. How tall was Yuval? 6′ 2″? I feel like he was taller, but no way near 6′ 9″.

      Galloway can get up there, but Cowell just seems so small compared to some of the other players, and not only is his jumping explosive, but his hitting as well.

      I understand UH’s middle-blocker (can’t remember his name) has leads in one or more blocking statistics. That’s pretty cool. Two things I really want for my volleyball team: great passing and great blocking. If you’re team can consistently roof the opponent, I feel like that can be soul-crushing–more so than good hitting.

  2. Hanna Hellvig, Frosh in 2019, won’t be coming back to UH, due to COVID. I’ve been watching some 2019 games, and this totally sucks. She was one of their best hitters–on her way to being a great Wahine. This was a big loss.

  3. After watching UH lose in the conference finals, I stopped watching them. It was too painful.

    But after learning the results of the national championship game, I ended up watching it. To me, Voss and Galloway were a big reason they won, or at least they gave the team a huge boost; another reason: the combination of UH’s serving, plus BYU’s lack of passing.

    1. Minor detail: they lost in the semis. But it was their first loss of the season. I would have been encouraged by that, if I’d been following. It’s better to go to the national tourney with at least one loss.

    2. Oh OK.

      You’re positive spin on the loss is a good one. But it was just painful to watch them lose, particularly the way they lost. They seemed in control for most of the game, but they seem to fall a part in the fifth set.

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