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Wahine gear up for WAC tourney

Dave Shoji Dave Shoji
Amber Kaufman Amber Kaufman
Amber Kaufman Amber Kaufman

By Brian Ojima - bio | email

MANOA (KHNL) - Eight straight years, that's how many times Hawaii has won the WAC Tournament, since 2000.

UH will begin their quest for a 9th straight tournament crown, when they face Boise State in the opening round on Thursday.

"We'll go to work on them, take a look at a lot of film and make sure we're doing the little things that we did when we beat them the first two times," said Hawaii Head Coach, Dave Shoji.

The Rainbow Wahine will be without setter, Dani Mafua due to injury. Junior, Stephanie Brandt, an All-WAC selection and starter last year, will start in her absence.

"We all hit off of Brandt last year so we should be fine it's just that it's kind of a concern getting her in the same tempo with everyone else," said Wahine Junior, Amber Kaufman

Hawaii is hosting the WAC Tournament for the first time ever and that's definitely a comfort for the players.

"I think it's awesome we don't have to be on the road and we can play in front of our fans especially for the seniors. It's pretty cool," said Kaufman.

"Someone told me they're going to watch every single game in the tournament, so for the fans, it's a volleyball treat, if you're a volleyball fan," said Shoji.

With a long history of success, UH captured their 13th straight regular season conference title, but the team has their sights set on even bigger goals.

"I think our goals is just to come out and play hard and just to make sure we know we left everything on the court no matter who were playing," said Rainbows, Jamie Houston.

"I want to get back to where we did my freshman year, I think we can go pretty far, I think the final four is in the stars, if you will, I think we can do it," said Kaufman.

Hawaii enters the WAC Tournament as the number two seed, behind New Mexico State, by virtue of a conference tie breaker. Both teams finished the WAC season, 13-1.

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