UH men’s volleyball team returns home after clinching second NCAA championship

The warm welcome was a pleasant surprise for some of the players.
Published: May. 8, 2022 at 12:01 PM HST|Updated: May. 8, 2022 at 5:24 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The UH men’s volleyball team returned home to Oahu Sunday after winning their second consecutive NCAA championship title.

They swept rivals Long Beach State in three sets in Los Angeles Saturday.

They brought home the trophy to an eager crowd of friends, family and fans at the Stan Sheriff Center Sunday afternoon. Lei and cheers were in abundance as the UH band played the classic sideline songs.

The warm welcome was a pleasant surprise for some of the players.

“I was like, ‘Oh, maybe no one came, maybe everyone is too tired’ or whatever, but when you come around the corner seeing everyone start cheering, the band cheering, it was great, you feel the love,” Opposite Middle Blocker Cole Hogland said. “This feeling right now, it keeps me smiling.”

Fans expressed their praise and joy for the hard work of the team, having followed their journey over the years.

“I’m not surprised because the team worked really hard. What carried on from last year’s team went straight on into this year’s team. They had the nucleus to make it happen, and I was just so proud of the boys and the coaching staff, and all the supporters that rallied together to support them,” fan Wayne Gabaylo said. “It’s like a dream.”

Read more: UH men’s volleyball crowned back-to-back NCAA champs, sweeping Long Beach State.

The Bows’ win also garnered a shoutout by former President Barack Obama:

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