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Stanford a familiar foe for Warriors

Stanford volleyball players Stanford volleyball players
Kawika Shoji Kawika Shoji
Spencer McLachlin, center, jersey #7 Spencer McLachlin, center, jersey #7
The Stanford Volleyball Team The Stanford Volleyball Team
Joshua Walker Joshua Walker

By Brooks Baehr - bio | email

PALO ALTO (HawaiiNewsNow) - When Hawaii and Stanford square off in the MPSF semi-finals Thursday at Maples Pavilion, each team will know what to expect from the other.

They played a couple times during the pre-season and twice during the regular season.

And the Stanford roster is full of Hawaii players.

UH Wahine volleyball coach Dave Shoji's two boys, Erik and Kawika, both play for the Cardinal.

Kawika is the setter.

Eric is the libero.

Outside hitter Spencer McLachlin went to Punahou School.  His mother Beth played volleyball for Hawaii and his father Chris is a long-time color commentator on Hawaii volleyball for KFVE.

The MPSF player of the year, Brad Lawson, graduated from Iolani School.

Jordan Infafuku, from Kamehameha, Chandler Kaaa from Hilo, and Max Halvorson, another Punahou grad are also in the mix.

"The X factor is going to be, who is going to be the most consistent at it, because we both know what we want to do towards each other offensively and defensively.  So it's who is able to execute better," said UH outside hitter Joshua Walker.

The match will be televised live on KFVE at 4:30 p.m. with a re-telecast later Thursday evening.

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