HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Seven members of Stanford's men's volleyball team got a chance to play in front of their family and friends at the Stan Sheriff Center this past weekend.
Reigning Mountain Pacific Sports Federation player of the year Brad Lawson graduated from Iolani, libero Erik Shoji is the son of Wahine coach Dave Shoji and is a Punahou alumnus and Spencer McLachlin, who had a career-high 29 kills Sunday night, also attended Punahou.
McLachlin's father Chris, who you may remember as KFVE's former volleyball color commentator, is now an assistant coach at Stanford.
That makes it pretty difficult for Beth McLachlin, who was an All-American for the Wahine volleyball team in the 70's, to figure out who to root for.
"My mom is still a booster for the UH team and she wore white tonight because she wanted to cheer for both teams," Spencer said.
"It's awesome," said Erik Shoji. "This arena's kind of a second home. I've basically lived in here for the past, I don't know, 20 years. I consider this my fans almost, even though they weren't cheering for me. My heart's here and it's awesome to come back."
"Watching the local boys play good against us all the time, I'm waiting for the day we can convince the kids in Hawaii to stay home and help Hawaii win a national championship and how special that would be to them and their families," said Hawaii head coach Charlie Wade.
Hawaii defeated Stanford in 3 sets on Friday night, but lost a 5-set heartbreaker on Sunday night.
The Warriors are now ranked 11th in this week's AVCA coaches poll, up from 13th last week.
Hawaii now hits the road for the first time, with matches this Friday and Saturday at 15th-ranked UC San Diego.
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