HONOLULU – For the second year in a row, the University of Hawai’i men’s volleyball was picked No. 7 in the preseason AVCA Top 15 Coaches Poll.
The Rainbow Warriors concluded the 2015 season ranked No. 8, marking the 25th time in program history that the team finished the season with a Top 10 national ranking.
Defending national champion Ohio State received 23 of 24 first place votes and was picked No. 1 followed by UCLA, BYU, Long Beach State, Pepperdine. Rounding out the Top 10 were Lewis, UH, UC Irvine, Stanford, and George Mason.
Of UH’s 27 regular season matches in 2017, 16 are against nationally ranked teams including nine home matches and seven on the road. Among the Top 5 teams, UH will travel to No. 2 UCLA (April 7-8), No. 3 BYU (March 17-18), and No. 4 Long Beach State (Jan. 18 & 20) and host No. 5 Pepperdine (Feb. 24 & 26).
Head coach Charlie Wade returns for his eighth season, where he has compiled a 107-91 record with five appearances in the postseason. Last season, the Warriors finished 16-12 and fell in the quarterfinals of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament.
The 2017 season marks the final year in the MPSF for Hawai’i, who moves to the Big West Conference beginning in 2018.