Charlie Wade said he knew the Pepperdine team entering the Stanley on Saturday night wouldn't be the same one Hawaii swept twice earlier this season. Nevertheless, the result in that MPSF quarterfinal match was exactly the same. The Rainbow Warriors won in straight sets in front of approximately 7,000 fans who whited out the Stan Sheriff Center for that game.
That win earned Hawaii a spot in Thursday's MPSF semifinal where they'll face another familiar foe, BYU. But, this time it's the 'bows who are hoping to enter a different team, and earn a different result.
The Cougars beat the Rainbow Warriors twice in straight sets in Provo during the regular season. However, with Thursday's semifinal taking place at Long Beach State. With the added benefit of playing at a neutral site, the 'bows say they're ready to go back to battle to keep their postseason run alive.
"I know a lot of the guys are really excited about getting to play BYU not in Provo," said senior setter, Jennings Franciskovic. "I think it's going to be a different outcome. I'm really excited to get out there and just start to get playing. We're going to refocus this week on BYU, look at the tape, see what they did last time against us."
"I don't if we've ever played them on a neutral site, I know I haven't," said Rainbow Warriors head coach, Charlie Wade.
While the playing outside of Provo could help Hawaii, Wade knows that fact alone won't lead to a win.
"They're a talented team. They beat us in straight sets up there and we're going to have our work cut out for us," said the 'bows bench boss. "I think everybody's welcoming the challenge, whether we had to go to Provo or a neutral site. We want to play better than we did last time and I think we will."
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