Rainbow Warriors anticipating energetic arena for conference semifinal

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The Big West men’s volleyball championship began on Thursday at the University of Hawaii.

The seeding for this conference tournament is the exact same as last year, with Hawaii finishing the regular season in second place. The big difference this time around: the host-Rainbow Warriors have the home court advantage. They are undefeated at home this year and have only lost one set.

“The atmosphere is going to be awesome,” said senior middle hitter Dalton Solbrig. “It’s always really fun to play in the Stan for everybody. Hopefully we get another sold out crowd this weekend. I think we’re all excited to play. Hopefully all the other teams are too.”

“It’s really exciting,” said head coach Charlie Wade. “I think everybody is looking forward to it. There should be some great crowds and some high level volleyball.”

“I don’t know when the last time was that UH team won a conference championship at home, but I sure hope everybody comes out and supports,” said senior outside hitter Stijn Van Tilburg. “It’s going to be even more emotions. Definitely for our seniors and I hope for everyone else on our team and in the audience. I mean this could really be the last couple times you see us play. We just want to win and give this place back a championship.”

The ‘Bows will play the winner of UC Irvine/UC San Diego’s quarterfinal match. UH swept both those teams during the regular season. Hawaii’s semifinal contest is schedule for 7:30pm on Friday at the Stan Sheriff Center.

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