Rainbow Wahine volleyball playing like there's no tomorrow

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Rainbow Wahine volleyball team's postseason fate remains up in the air as they prepare for their final two matches of the regular season this weekend against UC Davis and UC Irvine.

But even though there is a wave of uncertainty for the Wahine (18-7, 12-2 BWC) if they'll receive an invitation to the NCAA Tournament, head coach Robyn Ah Mow-Santos wants her players to play as if their season depends on this final road trip.

"I guess you can look at it both ways. I'm looking at it if there's a slim chance that we can make it, then let's go," she said. "Let's go out and play hard. Let's see what's gonna happen. You never know, they might come out with it."

To help ease any nerves or anxiety her team could be having, Mow-Santos has changed things up in the practice gym.

"We've been doing a little bit less of our serve-and-pass game but we've been doing a lot of block defense, working a lot on our blocking a little bit more and I think they've kicked it up a little bit this last couple games," Mow-Santos said. "And hopefully it took their minds off the serve-and-pass game a little bit."

For senior middle hitter Emily Maglio, she understands what's at stake this weekend. And the best way to approach these final two matches is by taking it day-by-day, focusing on the task at hand.

"Personally, it's always just (to) play volleyball and then take each game a time," she said. "Just focusing on that … when it comes to that Sunday, it'll be that time then."

The Wahine take on UC Davis this Thursday in Davis. First serve is set for 5 p.m. HT.

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