Warriors prepare for season-opener against UBC

Warriors prepare for season-opener against UBC

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The No. 3 ranked-Rainbow Warrior volleyball team is set for their season-opener against British Columbia this Friday at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Hawaii, which missed out on the NCAA Tournament last season, is looking to start the new season and the new year on a high note in the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Warriors Classic.

“We like the pieces that we have and really just getting guys to be more consistent,” said head coach Charlie Wade. “We know that we can play at a high level and then it’s just playing at a high level and being efficient all night.”

Wade, who enters his 10th year at the helm of the Warrior program, thinks his team can compete not only for a tournament berth, but also for a national title.

However, just because expectations are high, the team knows that they need to take each game seriously regardless of the opposition. After all, this is the last go-around for a lot of the returning starters and All-Americans on the roster.

“Everybody took last year as an extra motivation to step it up one more time,” said senior outside hitter Stijn van Tilburg. “Especially since it’s a lot of our guys’ senior year. This is the last push we will probably ever get.”

The “last push” for this year’s Warrior team begins this weekend with a two-game series against British Columbia on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s match is set for 7 p.m. H.T.

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