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Hawaii defeats #1 ranked USC in volleyball

Charlie Wade Charlie Wade
Josh Walker Josh Walker

MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - We already have a contender for moment of the decade in UH sports. It all happened within a 2-1/2 hour span Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.

The Warrior volleyball team's upset of number one ranked USC did more than wrap up the Outrigger Invitational title. It showed signs that Hawaii's string of three straight losing seasons could come to an end.

"We know we're better. And we said this weekend it's clearly going to be a gauge on how far we have improved. We know we're closing the gap on the upper echelon teams. Hawaii volleyball's always been one of the elite programs in the country and that's clearly what we're gunning for and we want to get there as soon as possible" said head coach Charlie Wade.

After going up one set to none, UH dropped set two but rallied together for a 30-28 win in set three and a dominating 30-23 victory in the 4th. When asked what the "x" factor of the night was, the Warriors simply said "the crowd".

"The big hitters like Murphy Troy they get rattled and he couldn't even get a serve in at the end. The crowd helped out us a lot tonight and we beat them pretty soundly tonight because of the crowd I think" said Warriors outside hitter Josh Walker.

"Passion is contagious and if you get people passionate about what they do it kind of does have a synergistic effect and people get flying around and it's clearly something that we're gonna try and bring every night" said coach Wade.

And for this weekend passion equaled success for the 2-1 Warriors and hope that UH can make a return to the MPSF playoffs for the first time since 2007.

"That sends a message right there that we can be really good. We're right there with the top of the nation as far as skill level. We have to keep getting better and keep holding up. We got Stanford next week. We're gonna have to play a lot better if we want to beat Stanford" said Walker.

The third ranked Cardinal will host the Warriors Friday at the Maples Pavilion in California. Hawaii hosted Stanford last year for two matches, but was swept in both.

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