(Hawaii Athletics) - The University of Hawai'i men's volleyball team opens the 2018 season with the inaugural Texaco Rainbow Warrior Classic, Jan. 4-6 at the Stan Sheriff Center. The Texaco Classic is the first of two new tournaments UH will host this season in addition to the 24th Outrigger Invitational, which moved out of its traditional early January time slot to March.
The Rainbow Warriors (0-0) begin the season ranked No. 5 in the preseason AVCA Coaches poll. USC (0-0) is No. 12. Juniata (0-0) and Stevens (0-0) are Division III members who play out of the Continental Volleyball Conference and United Volleyball Conference, respectively. The 2018 season marks UH's first as members of the Big West Conference while USC continues to play in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
UH is coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017 and its best win total (27) in program history. The Warriors return three starters and 11 lettermen from that squad, including All-Americans Stijn van Tilburg and Larry Tuileta.
Matches #1-3 What: Texaco Rainbow Warrior Classic Who: No. 5 Hawai'i (0-0), No. 12 USC (0-0) Stevens Institute (0-0), Juniata (0-0) When: Thursday, Jan. 4 through Saturday, Jan. 6 Time: 4 p.m. & 7 p.m. each day Where: Stan Sheriff Center; Honolulu, HI Television Coverage: Spectrum Sports will air Saturday's match only between UH & USC; Kanoa Leahey (play-by-play), Chris McLachlin (color) Streaming Video: www.bigwest.tv for all UH matches Radio Coverage: NBC Sports Radio 1500AM (Thursday and Saturday) and ESPN 1420AM (Friday), Tiff Wells (play-by-play). Audio Webcast: NBCSportsRadioHawaii.com or espn1420am.com Live Stats: Available at HawaiiAthletics.com Tickets: Lower – Adult $14-16, Senior Citizen (ages 65+) $10, Student (4-HS) $5; Upper – Adult $14, Senior Citizen $10, Student $5; UH-Manoa students receive admission with validated ID.
Promotions: Texaco, the official tournament sponsor and UH Athletics Diamond Corporate Partner, will awardfantastic prizes throughout the weekend. Pre-game, visit Gate A to register to participate in the "Volleyball Serve & Catch" contest during intermission for the chance to win a $100 gas card. There will be an autograph session with the men's volleyball team following Friday's match at Gate B.