HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - This past Saturday’s victory over Long Beach State in the Big West Tournament title game put this year’s Rainbow Warrior volleyball team in the record books.
In front of a sold-out Stan Sheriff Center crowd, Hawaii won its first-ever conference title in program history dating back to the team’s days in the MPSF.
For the second time this season, the arena was at capacity - 10,300 in attendance, to be exact. It was the Senior Night send off that Joe Worsley dreamed of, and it’s something he’ll never forget.
“My parents, at this point of the season, come to every single game,” Worsley said. “They’re always telling me when you get to California, this all goes away. It’s our senior year … this is such a special place. And we know that this isn’t going to last forever this is one of the only places in the world where you can kind of get this much attention on a sport like this.”
Having the Big West Tournament in Honolulu this year made the team’s Senior Night against UC Santa Barbara a little bittersweet. But now that the home schedule is over, the team let the emotions flow after defeating Long Beach State.
“I told Joe this morning and I tell these guys all the time, it’ll never get better than this playing volleyball,” said senior outside hitter Stijn van Tilburg. “I just want to always remember this and remember this game … I love this place so much and I just wanted to give something back.”
Hawaii will look to keep its national championship aspirations alive when it takes on the winner of USC vs. Lewis next week in Long Beach in the semi finals of the NCAA Tournament.
Hawaii take on USC/Lewis on Thursday, May 2nd at 2 p.m. HT.