The University of Hawai'i men's volleyball team opens play in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament against rival UCLA in a quarterfinal round match-up Saturday, April 16 at Pauley Pavilion. First serve is 7:00 p.m. PT (4:00 p.m. HT).
The eighth-ranked Rainbow Warriors (16-11, 11-11 MPSF) are the seventh seed in the eight-team tournament while third-ranked UCLA (23-5, 17-5) is the No. 2 seed. The teams split the two-match MPSF series in Honolulu earlier this season with UH upsetting the then-top-ranked Bruins in four in the opener and falling in five sets in the rematch.
The volleyball rivals have met eight previous times in the postseason with UCLA holding a 7-1 advantage. The teams last met in the playoffs in a first round match-up in Honolulu in 2006 with the seventh-seeded Bruins upsetting the second-seeded Warriors in four sets en route to the MPSF Tournament title and their 19th NCAA title.
The Warriors enter the tournament having won their last two matches over California Baptist — and six of their last eight — to secure a winning record for the third consecutive year. The Bruins won a pair of home matches over Stanford and Pepperdine to leap-frog to the No. 2 seed after winning the tie-breaker over the Cardinal and Long Beach State with a combined record of 3-1 against those teams.
Who: No. 8 Hawai'i (16-11, 11-11 MPSF) vs. No. 3 UCLA (23-5, 17-5 MPSF)
When: Saturday, April 16, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m. PT (4:00 p.m. HT)
Where: Pauley Pavilion; Los Angeles, Calif.
Television Coverage: None
Streaming Video: Available at http://pac-12.com/live/ucla
Radio Coverage: ESPN 1420AM will broadcast the match live with Tiff Wells calling the action.
Audio Webcast: www.espn1420am.com
Live Stats: Available at UCLABruins.com
Tourney Time: UH has qualified for the MPSF Tournament five times in seven seasons under head coach Charlie Wade. The Warriors, the No. 7 seed in this year's tournament, are a combined 4-10 this season against the field, including a 1-1 mark versus UCLA.
Since 1993, the first year of the MPSF, the Warriors have qualified for the MPSF Tournament 18 times and own a 12-18 mark. UH is 9-9 in first round matches but have never won a first round road match in seven chances after its most recent loss to BYU in 2013. Hawai'i hosted a first round match last year (def. Long Beach State) to advance to the semifinals, where they lost to Pepperdine.
UH also has never won the MPSF Tournament despite advancing to the championship match three times (1995, 2001, 2002).
UH is 15-26 all-time in conference tournaments, including a 2-4 record (2-2 in quarterfinals) under head coach Charlie Wade.
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