Coming off an upset-victory over the previously undefeated and No. 1 ranked Long Beach State men’s volleyball team, the Rainbow Warriors are primed to take on the rest of the Big West this weekend in the inaugural conference tournament.
As the No. 2 seed, the Warriors (18-7, 6-4 BWC) earned a first round bye and will face either third-seeded UC Irvine or sixth-seeded UC San Diego in a semifinal match-up on Friday
“At this point, they’re still league opponents so we’re pretty familiar,” said head coach Charlie Wade. “We know the personnel on the other side, we know how they play and Irvine, we’ll get a chance to see live on Thursday - a live scout. So I think we’ll be ready.”
Hawaii has won five of its last six, including a two-match series split of No. 1 LBSU last week in Honolulu. The Warriors split the season series with UC Irvine in Honolulu, winning the first match in four sets and dropping the rematch in four. As for UCSD, the ‘Bows cruised to consecutive straight set victories during a two-game home series.
If UCSD were to beat the Anteaters on Thursday, it would be considered a massive upset as UCSD are 0-10 in conference play.
“I think we match up pretty well against Irvine, we’ll most likely play them,” said middle blocker Patrick Gasman. “But I’m not really worried about it. I know that Josh () is gonna give us a stellar scouting report and we’ll try to execute it to the best of our abilities and hopefully bring the energy we brought against Long Beach and get the W.”
The Big West tournament will be streamed on ESPN3.
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