HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The No. 1 ranked Hawai’i men’s volleyball team departed Honolulu today for a chance to make history in Long Beach, California this week.
A rally was held for the team as they left the University early this morning that had the team fired up ahead of what could potentially be a very special weekend.
All American outside hitter Sitjn Van Tilburg was taken back by the amount of Aloha the team has received before heading to the mainland.
“It’s amazing we can feel the love and support,” said Van Tilburg. “We just hope the celebration is bigger when we come home.”
All-American setter Joe Worsley has traveled much of the country now as a senior on the team, and says the fan support in Hawaii is unlike any other.
“This is one of the reasons why playing at the University of Hawai’i is special,” Worsley said.
Hawaii has a bye into the May 2 Final Four at Long Beach State, as do the tournament’s host Long Beach St. The Warriors (27-2) will face the winner of the April 30th quarterfinal between fourth-seeded Southern California (18-10), the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation runner-up and at-large pick, and Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association champion Lewis (25-5).
The tournament begins Thursday with Conference Carolinas champion Barton (24-4) hosting Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association champion Princeton (16-12).
The Bulldogs-Tigers winner then travels to Long Beach State to play MPSF champion and third-seeded Pepperdine (22-6), with that winner taking on the 49ers in the other May 2 semifinal.