Rainbow Warriors volleyball to begin conference play at UC Irvine

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It seems like it’s been a while since the University of Hawaii men’s volleyball team won a match… and way longer since they lost a match. The ‘Bows haven’t played in a week in a half.

UH is still riding that incredible set-streak. They haven’t lost one this season. The tally is up to 30 sets in a row. 

The Rainbows are 10-0 two months into the schedule. Conference play starts this weekend. #2 Hawaii will visit UC Irvine – the number three ranked team in the country. The Anteaters are already 2-0 in Big West play, but they are 13-2 overall. Irvine’s two losses were both four setters, to Stanford and USC – two teams that UH has already beat. 

The Rainbow Warriors will need to make sure there’s no rust to shake off as the intensity of games continues to highten.

“We’ve done a lot of split squad stuff,” said senior setter Joe Worsley. “We’ll split up a lot of the older guys. And it creates a really competitive environment. That’s something that going into the year we wanted to make sure in these weeks that we have off that we’re making improvement.”

“We want to break down our offense right now. Figuring out either from the service line or defensively how to shut that down. And that’s something that we’ve been working on, in these situations if they do something how are we going to react to that. I always tell people I’d much rather people tell us how much we suck or how bad we are. I’d much people being telling us that. We don’t really like to hear people telling us oh you guys are doing a great job with this, great job with that. Because we still feel like we have a chip on our shoulder going forward here. And it starts with last year, how it ended. A lot of us still have that memory and this weekend for sure has been on our calendar for the last nine months.”

“I think we match up well,” said Rainbow Warriors head coach Charlie Wade on the teams opponent this week. “We certainly had the advantage over them last year. But they’re a team, too, that returns everybody. I think if you ask their coaches they think they’re a lot better.”

The Warriors schedule will only get harder as the season progresses.

“I think they know we’re kind of shifting gears in the season,” said Wade. “That we’re entering into a new phase of the season. To me there’s no sense in skirting the issue. We know that we’re heading into a real important part of the season and yeah we want to be ready for it.”

It’ll be a rematch of the conference tournament semifinals last year when Hawaii came out on top. The first of the two game series is Friday at 5:00pm Hawaii time.
 

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