A time to celebrate! NCAA volleyball champs bask in their victory alongside their fans
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Fans celebrated the University of Hawaii men’s volleyball team Tuesday on another NCAA championship title.
the ‘Bows hopped on trolleys for their ride around town, starting off at Washington place, then to Honolulu hale and finally downtown as they continue celebrating going back-to-back!
The Reigning, undisputed champs departed UH lower campus en route to Downtown, first stop the Governor’s house where David Ige made the same proclamation he made almost one year ago.
“It’s my honor to recognize today May 17, 2022 as Rainbow Warriors Day.” Governor Ige said at the ceremony.
And a few blocks over, Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi also gave the Warriors the same honor.
“This community cannot thank you enough congratulations men.” Mayor Blangiardi said.
Plus, ‘Bows head coach Charlie Wade was given the Key to the city.
After their time at Honolulu Hale, UH made their final stop at the corner of Bishop and South King street where they were welcomed by a sea of green.
An experience the team missed out on after their last Title and for the ‘Bows the feeling is simply unreal.
“Unreal brah.” UH opposite Cole Hogland said. “It’s unreal seeing all these people out here and just winning back to back its unreal, I am super grateful that we’re here in this moment and thankful that everyone came out and has continued to help us celebrate.”
“Last year we were excited about winning, but it wasn’t anything like this.” UH head coach Charlie Wade said. “So to have the fans out here and to be able to interact with them and share this with them I think it really means a lot to everybody in the program.”
The UH faithful shared that sentiment as fans new and old got to meet their champions
“They’ve done an awesome job, they’re so good ambassadors.” UH fan Rae Matsuo said. “Just totally ambassadors of the State of Hawaii, they should be so proud and the State should be very proud of them as well.”
The Rainbow Warriors drove through Waikiki then back to campus.
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