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Hawaii men’s volleyball crowned Big West Champions, downing Long Beach State in sweep

The ‘Bows are now LA bound, given the third seed in this year’s tourney, set to meet the winner of Princeton and North Greenville.
Published: Apr. 24, 2022 at 6:10 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It was a clash of the titans in Manoa.

As the Rainbow Warriors volleyball team took on Long Beach State in a winner takes all Big West finale with a Conference title and an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament on the line.

From the start it was a nail bitter with both squads swapping points. Lead change, after lead change, but eventually Hawaii would squeeze out a win in the opening set — a sign for things to come.

“Efficiency wise we were just OK.” Head coach Charlie Wade told reporters. “The first set we made 13 errors and won which means we were doing a lot of other stuff pretty well.”

In the final two sets, it was much of the same as the two big dogs in the Big West traded blows with every set going to deuce, but in the end it would be all Warriors.

Hawaii sweeping Long Beach to be crowned the 2022 Big West Champions and punch their ticket into the NCAA National Tournament.

Despite the sweep, it was anything but a walk in the park for UH.

“Even though it was only three sets it definitely felt like a long match and just the dynamics of the game going both ways and both teams getting a couple leads here and there in the set.” Setter Jakob Thelle said. “It’s volleyball and anything can happen and today were able to pull it off.”

Hawaii also exacting revenge on their rivals after the Beach took them down twice in the regular season at the Walter Pyramid and a big part of the win goes to the loud and rowdy crowd of over six thousand fans.

“Without them we are not able to play as well.” Thelle said. “We just like having them supporting and being able to give them back what they deserve and it means everything.”

The ‘Bows are now LA bound, given the third seed in this year’s tourney, set to meet the winner of Princeton and North Greenville.

“We just got to take a game by game, playing the winner of North Greenville and Princeton.” Thelle said. “So just taking it from there and then playing our best volleyball, continue to do that in the first game and then yeah take every game as it goes.”

The Tigers and the Crusaders get going on May 1st for a chance to meet the Warriors on May 3rd in Los Angeles.

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