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Rainbow Wahine staying focused for next two games

Amber Kaufman Amber Kaufman
Dani Mafua Dani Mafua

By Jason Tang - bio | email

MANOA (KHNL) - They're ranked as one of the top ten teams in the country, but even the best need a good wake up call every now and then.

And thanks to New Mexico State, the Rainbow Wahine volleyball team got one, and they've been riding high ever since.

Since being swept at home by New Mexico State on October 12th, the 8th ranked Rainbow Wahine volleyball team's been on quite a tear, dropping only one set in their last four matches.

"I think if we didn't lose we would just be cruising right now through the rest of the season, and that's not a good way to go into the tournament so it definitely lit a fire under a butts if you will," said Wahine middle Amber Kaufman.

The Conference Tournament begins in just over three weeks, and for the first time, UH will host it.

However, there are still a lot of matches left before the tourney begins.

"We can't get ahead of ourselves, we gotta think about finishing the WAC regular season, we got three tough games on the road, and we just gotta take one game at a time like they say, but we gotta get better every time out, we just can't stay in neutral here," said Wahine head coach Dave Shoji.

Beginning on Friday the team hosts back to back matches against Nevada and Utah State.

And while an upset is always possible, Hawaii beat both teams on the road, and feel confident about doing it again.

"We went there played our game, won, and I think if we do the same thing, stay focused, follow assignments, we'll do the same thing," said Wahine setter Dani Mafua.

The two day homestand is the final conference home matches for the Wahine.

They finish up conference play on the road against Boise State, Idaho, and Fresno State.

Both Wahine matches will be broadcast live right here on K5 the Home Team.

Friday's contest is also "UH Green Halloween Night."

From 6-7 student athletes will be handing out candy to keiki.

There will also be a costume contest and prizes for the best costumes.

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