One day after being named the Big West Conference Player of the Week, University of Hawaii men's volleyball junior opposite Rado Parapunov was selected as the AVCA's National Player of the Week for his dominant performance in last week's series sweep of No. 3 UC Irvine. 
 
The Sofia, Bulgaria native led the Rainbow Warriors (12-0) to a pair of sweeps over the Anteaters, which extended UH's consecutive set winning streak to 36. Parapunov averaged 5.67 kills per set while hitting .463 with 34 kills and only nine errors in 54 attempts.
 
The national award is the first for a UH player since 2015 when middle blocker Taylor Averill and opposite Brook Sedore each were selected that season. This marks the third time in Parapunov's career that he's received the Big West award after winning it twice last season.  
 
The 6-foot-9 opposite also 1.33 blocks and 1.17 digs per set along with three aces. In the series opener, he tallied 18 kills with six digs and four blocks and followed up with 16 kills, hitting .565 with two aces and four blocks in the rematch.
 
On the year, Parapunov leads the team with a 4.07 kill average, hitting a staggering .513, which ranks No. 2 nationally. The Sofia, Bulgaria native also ranks fourth nationally with 18 aces on the year and has reached double figures in kills six times.
 
UH will next host 25thOutrigger Resorts Invitational Thursday, March 7 through Saturday, March 9, featuring No. 6 Pepperdine, No. 15 Ball State, and King University. All matches begin at 4:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m., at the Stan Sheriff Center.