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'Bows looking to get back on top in 2016

'Bows looking to get back on top in 2016

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

University of Hawaii Men's Volleyball it's back and this year the Rainbow Warriors are hoping to build off of what was a historically successfully 2015 season. 
Last year the Bows spent five consecutive weeks as the top ranked team in the country and earned an NCAA tournament bid for the first time in 13 years. But, in 2016 the 'bows say they're looking to go even farther. 

"We know what we did last year, we know how we did it, how we can do it this year. It's just replicating it and wanting to push past that barrier so we just got to practice like we did last year but a little extra, like a little chip on our shoulder," said junior opposite hitter, Kupono Fey.

But, getting back to that level of success could prove to be a challenge for the Rainbow Warriors; who lost two AVCA All Americans (Taylor Averill and Brook Sedore) to graduation last year. They've also got an incredibly young roster that's packed with true freshmen. 

"The young players have to look up to us, to the to Seniors to see how we practice and how we behave and it's up to us to teach them how to behave and how to be leaders," said senior outside hitter. "Each one of them has to be their own leader and we have some great guys coming in and it's one of the best freshmen classes that we have coming in in the country."

 "We have some veteran guys that have played a lot, and then just a whole slew of young bucks... but these guys, many of them have won national championships at the highest level in their age group. They've represented team USA internationally. So, they're high level players that know how to win and they're going to continue to work hard and get better." said Rainbow Warriors head coach, Charlie Wade.


First serve for the bows will be Thursday at 7 p.m. When they take on King University. 

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