Hawaii's Rado Parapunov (19) jousts at the net in an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020.

Hawaii's Rado Parapunov (19) jousts at the net in an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020.

#1 Hawaii Opens 2020 Volleyball Season With Sweep Over Charleston on January 3, 2020

The #1 ranked Hawaii men's volleyball team opened their 2020 season with a sweep of Charleston, 25-19, 25-16, 25-16. Hawaii returns four starters from last seasons national runner-up, three of whom were All-Americans. Setter Jakob Thelle took the reins of the offense after the graduation of All-American setter Joe Worsley and dished out 22 assists. Hawaii hitter Colton Cowell hit .444 and led the team with 10 kills. Libero Gage Worsley led with 6 digs.

  • Hawaii's Brett Sheward (4) sets middle blocker Guilherme Voss (12) in an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020. Sheward had 2 assists on the night.

  • Hawaii libero Gage Worsley is embraced by middle blocker Max Rosenfeld (13) in an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020. Worsley led the team with 6 digs.

  • Hawaii setter Jakob Thelle (10) strikes a jump serve in an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020. A 6-6 sophomore from Tonsberg, Norway, Thelle takes over as setter from departed All-American Joe Worsley.

  • Hawaii setter Jakob Thelle (10) puts up a set in an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020. Thelle had 22 assists and Hawaii hit .450 on the night.

  • Hawaii middle blocker Guilherme Voss (12) prepares to hit a quick set from Jakob Thelle (10) in an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020. Voss, a 6-7 freshman from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, had 3 kills on 5 attempts.

  • Hawaii libero Gage Worsley (6) plays the first ball with his hands in an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020. Worsley enters his junior season for Hawaii.

  • Hawaii setter Jakob Thelle (10) gets off the ground for a jump set in an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020. Thelle added 2 kills, 2 block assists, and 3 digs for Hawaii.

  • Hawaii oppo Rado Parapunov (19) and middle blocker Guilherme Voss (12) put up a double block in an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020. Hawaii's defense held Charleston to a .246 hitting average.

  • Hawaii outside hitter Colton Cowell (17) receives serve in an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020.

  • Hawaii outside hitter Colton Cowell (17) hits on the left pin in an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020. Cowell led the team with 10 kills.

  • Hawaii head coach Charlie Wade paces along the sideline as assistant coach Chad Giesseman observes in an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020.

  • Hawaii setter Jakob Thelle (10) puts up a jump set as oppo Rado Parapunov (19) gets into his approach in an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020.

  • Hawaii's Rado Parapunov (19) jousts at the net in an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020.

  • Hawaii's Rado Parapunov (19) hits from the right side in an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020. Parapunov was second for Hawaii with 9 kills.

  • Hawaii setter Jakob Thelle (10) calls a play for middle blocker Max Rosenfeld (13) in an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020.

  • Charleston libero Edgar Sanchez makes a play for the ball as teammate Maarten Bartels (9) looks on in an opening night match against Hawaii at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020. Sanchez had 3 digs for Charleston.

  • Hawaii head coach Charlie Wade smiles during a break in action in an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020.

  • Charleston libero Edgar Sanchez (1) leads a huddle at midcourt in an opening night match against Hawaii at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020.

  • The six players on the floor for Hawaii celebrate winning a point in an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020.

  • Hawaii libero Gage Worsley (6) and outside Colton Cowell (17) shake hands before receiving serve in an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020.

  • Charleston head coach Mike Iandolo watches the court in an opening night match against Hawaii at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020.

  • Charleston outside Max Senica (10) passes the ball in an opening night match against Hawaii at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020. Senica led Charleston with 9 kills and hit for a .333 average.

  • Hawaii outside Colton Cowell (17) pushes the ball off the Charleston block in an opening night match at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020. Cowell led all players with 10.5 points.

  • Charleston hitter Max Senica (10) cannot believe the referee's call in an opening night match against Hawaii at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020.

  • Hawaii setter Jakob Thelle (10) jump sets as middle Guilherme Voss (12) and opposite Rado Parapunov run their routes in an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020.

  • A University of Hawaii band member flips the lyrics to the Hawaii fight song as a fan tries to get on camera at an opening night volleyball match between Hawaii and Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020.

  • Hawaii middle Guilherme Voss (12) hits a jump float in the third set of an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020.

  • Hawaii lib Gage Worsley (6) gets his platform ready for a pass in an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020.

  • Jakob Thelle (10) of Hawaii sets with his forearms as hitter Colton Cowell (17) looks on in an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020.

  • Hawaii hitter James Anastassiades (2) swings from the left side in an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020. Anastassiades had 2 kills but also chipped in 2 service aces.

  • James Anastassiades (2) of Hawaii embraces freshman Dimitrios Mouchlias as he checks into the game for the first time in an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020. Mouchlias, a 6-6 opposite/middle from Soufli, Greece, had 4 kills, hit .429, and added an ace in limited action.

  • Libero Gage Worsley (6) of Hawaii gets low for a pass in an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020.

  • Hawaii setter Jackson Van Eekeren (20) gets a chance to set in the third game of an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020. Van Eekeren, a redshirt junior from Naperville, Indiana, had 5 assists in a backup role.

  • Hawaii middle Max Rosenfeld (13) winds up to hit a quick set from setter Jackson Van Eekeren (20) in the third game of an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020. Rosenfeld did not register a kill but did add an ace and a block assist.

  • Charleston oppo Jake Vorburger (7) takes the free ball with his hands in an opening night match against Hawaii at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020. Vorburger hit .154 with 4 kills on 13 attempts.

  • Hawaii setter Jackson Van Eekeren (20) and hitter James Anastassiades (2) both go for the second ball in an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020.

  • Hawaii middle Max Rosenfeld (13) jousts with a Charleston player in an opening night match at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020.

  • Hawaii assistant coach Milan Zarkovic surveys the court in an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020.

  • Hawaii's Dimitrios Mouchlias (11) puts the ball over on three in an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020.

  • Hawaii's James Anastassiades (2) and Gage Worsley (6) celebrate a point in an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020.

  • Hawaii's Jackson Van Eekeren (20), James Anastassiades (2) and Gage Worsley (6) celebrate in an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020.

  • Hawaii setter Jackson Van Eekeren (20) calls a play in an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020.

  • The Hawaii mens volleyball team gathers at the 10 foot line in an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020.

  • Hawaii freshman Devon Johnson (9) hits a jump serve in the third set of an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020. Johnson, a 6-6 outside hitter from Thousand Oaks, California, had one service error on one attempt.

  • Hawaii's Rado Parapunov (19) and Filip Humler (16) watch the play on the court in an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020. Humler, a 6-7 sophomore outside hitter from Czech Republic, had 2 kills on 2 attempts for a perfect 1.000 average. He also had 2 service aces, 2 block assists, and 5 digs.

  • Hawaii's Dimitrios Mouchlias (11) rises up for a D ball in an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020.

  • Charleston setter Diego Villafane (8) puts the ball over on three from off the court in an opening night match against Hawaii at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020. Villafane had 26 assists for Charleston.

  • Setter Jackson Van Eekeren (20) of Hawaii sets in the third game of an opening night match against Charleston at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2020.


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