The University of Hawaii men's volleyball team left Manoa today on their final road trip of the season, days ahead of their first round NCAA tournament match-up with Penn State. This time the Rainbow Warriors are heading to the Mid-West. Specifically, Columbus, Ohio, home of the top-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes.
While the flight is couple thousand miles further than UH is generally accustomed to traveling for their MPSF schedule, the 'bows say they don't mind a few extra hours on a plane to play for at least a couple more days together as a team.
"It's a lot of fun, you know. I'm just stoked for the guys," said Rainbow Warriors head coach, Charlie Wade. "They've worked to get some validation, to be here playing in the last week of the season."
With just three matches potentially separating Hawaii from a national title, the Rainbow Warriors say their intensity level is now on a different level.
"There's a little more excitement in the gym," said sophomore libero, Larry Tuileta. "They're definitely locked in and everyone's just antsy and ready to play already. So, just the idea of having the possibility of accomplishing our goal that we've been going at all year is really exciting."
UH's first round match against Penn State is on Tuesday, May 2nd, at 2:00 p.m. HST. If Hawaii gets past the Nittany Lions they'll face number one seed, Ohio State, in the semis on Thursday.
MPSF rivals, BYU and Long Beach State are also in this year's NCAA tournament. Both teams, however, are on the other side of the bracket.
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