Hawaii Warriors... over the rainbow National Champions!
After almost 20 years from the national title Hawaii Men's Volleyball won in 2002 (to be stripped later due to - now - dated amateurism policy interpretations; 3-time Player of the Year award recipient Costas Theocharidi's case would have been different in 2021) the Rainbow Warriors reached the peak of NCAA Men's Volleyball, winning their officially "first" title after prevailing against perennial powerhouse and historic BYU 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-16).
National Player of the Year (3-time First Team All-American) Rado Parapunov led the way for Hawaii, also claiming the PoY award from 2020 recipient and BYU's leader, Gabi Garcia Fernandez.
Spyros Chakas helped with key serves, and 5 consecutive points Hawaii won with Spyros serving, during the crucial first set, and while Hawaii was down 18-17.
The Rainbow Warriors almost won the national title undefeated, however they had suffered an unexpected loss in the Big West semifinals against new D1-member UC San Diego, beating the eventual champions 3-2, after an inspired and dramatic 18-16 tie break. Huge congratulations to the entire Hawaii Volleyball family, including Head and Asst. Coaches of the Year Charlie Wade and Milan Zarkovic.
Mahalo for the memories and impressive volleyball showmanship during the most challenging season on record Rainbow Warriors! With Dimitri Mouchlia #11 returning next year, get #2 in 22 :)