Rado Parapunov earns first Big West Conference honor, named Co-Player of the Week

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Rado Parapunov has been a difference-maker for the Rainbow Warrior volleyball team this season and the sophomore opposite has earned recognition from the Big West Conference after being named the Big West Co-Player of the Week.

Parapunov helped guide the 'Bows to their first-ever road sweep at UC Santa Barbara over the weekend, averaging 4.43 kills and 1.86 blocks per set while hitting at a .404 clip over the two matches. It marked the first time since 2010 that Hawaii defeated UC Santa Barbara on the road.

The Bulgarian shared the weekly award with CSUN's Arvis Greene as he accumulated 20 kills along with a career-high 10 blocks (2 solo, 8 assisted) in a four-set win to close out the series.

The 10 blocks were the most by a UH player since 2015 and his 20 kills was his second 20+ of the season. He tallied 11 kills on .474 hitting in the opener.

The award is Parapunov's first of his career and the fourth weekly award for a Rainbow Warrior this season after Stijn van Tilburg, Larry Tuileta and Patrick Gasman also picked up honors earlier this year.

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