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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Hawaii head coach Dave Shoji is now officially at the top of the college volleyball world.
With a victory over Santa Clara, Shoji earned his 1,107th career win Friday night and now has the most career wins in NCAA Division I history.
The Rainbow Wahine beat the Broncos in 4 sets 25-23, 25-15, 23-25, 25-18 in their second match of the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic.
After the win, Shoji's players showered him with confetti and silly string.
Emily Hartong led the Rainbow Wahine with 20 kills and 13 digs. Mita Uiato added 43 assists and 9 digs for UH, who improved their record to 3-1 this season.
The victory breaks the record formerly owned by retired UCLA coach Andy Banachowski.
Thousands of fans and some of Shoji's former players showed up, hoping to be a part of sports history.
"Every once in a while we come to the games just to support, but tonight is hopefully history-making," said fan Raelynn Thomas before the match.
"I saw last night that he was going to beat Andy Banachowski's record, so I just figured I'd come up," said Angie Andrade, a member of Shoji's first national championship team from 1979. She flew in from Hilo to be there.
"When he first started, he was really young and inexperienced," said Terry Malterre, another member of the national championship team. "But you look at him today and he's like, 'Dave Shoji' -- he's like the star and he's contributed to so many young women in Hawaii, so it's like awesome for us to be here."
The 9th ranked Bows will host the UCLA Bruins Saturday night at 7:30pm at the Stan Sheriff Center.
A broadcast reminder, don't miss a special re-broadcast on KHNL this Sunday of "Dave Shoji, the Man behind the Miracles."
The hour-long documentary gives an inside look at his personal life through intimate interviews with family, friends, coaches and players. That's at 9 p.m. Sunday on KHNL.