The Rainbow Warriors men’s volleyball team is hosting the Big West Tournament which starts in just on Thursday. On Monday five ‘Bows were named the All-Conference first team.
But it’s hard to focus on postseason awards when the players are busy studying what specifically went wrong this past weekend in the year’s first two losses to Long Beach State, a team that most expect UH to meet again in the Big West championship match on Saturday.
“That’s not the things we’re aiming for,” said senior Stijn Van Tilburg who was named to his third All-conference first team. “It’s a byproduct of how well we’ve played this season so far. And we really hope that we can turn that into a championship.”
After not suffering a set loss until two weeks ago, and just tallying its first two losses of the season, this week the Warriors will be trying to iron out the things that have gone wrong recently.
“There were some things that went really well and we just got to convert,” said Van Tilburg. “We serve well in some instances and then we get an out of system set but we couldn’t defend that in the end. Both nights, fifth set. I think definitely at the end of the sets in these type of games, we cannot give the other team free points.”
“Pressure situations. Somebody has just got to make a play,” said senior middle hitter Dalton Solbrig. “That’s the biggest thing. Executing scouting report is important too. They had Seigfried in there who’s normally not their starter. So picking up on his tendencies faster. Because he played well. So we need to pick up on tendencies faster when new guys come into the game.”
Hawaii has a bye through the first round of the tournament. Its first game is Friday at 7:30pm at the Stan Sheriff Center.