Rainbow Warriors set for inaugural Big West Conference match against UC Irvine

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Rainbow Warrior volleyball team will host their first-ever Big West Conference home game this Friday against UC Irvine at the Stan Sheriff Center.

"Big West men's volleyball is the biggest thing to happen in men's collegiate volleyball in decades," said Hawaii head coach Charlie Wade. "It's exciting. It's an exciting time for men's volleyball."

Hawaii (8-1) will take on the Anteaters (10-3) in a matchup between two of the nation's top teams after spending the past 24 years in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The Warriors hold a 13-match home conference win streak, dating back to 2016.

More so than just playing in their first Big West Conference game in program history, tomorrow night will also be the first time that Hawaii has played a match in over three weeks.

"It's super exciting (to get back to playing)," said outside hitter Brett Rosenmeier. "We see the same people on the other side of the court at practice everyday. And having a different team over there brings a different kind of excitement, especially at the Stan Sheriff Center.

In their last four matches against UC Irvine, Hawaii has gone 4-0 after losing the previous 11 matches to the Anteaters. First serve is set for 7 p.m. HT.

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