(HAWAII ATHLETICS) – The third-ranked University of Hawai'i men's volleyball team will host former conference rival UCLA in a pair of matches, Friday, Jan. 26 and Sunday, Jan. 28 at the Stan Sheriff Center. Friday's match begins at 7:00 p.m., while Sunday's match is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.
In their biggest test of the 2018 season, the Rainbow Warriors (6-0) will put a 25-match home win streak on the line against the second-ranked Bruins (7-0), who is coming off a pair of Top 10 wins over No. 9 Penn State and No. 3 Ohio State in the AVCA Showcase in Los Angeles, Calif.
UH took last week off after going 3-0 in the Grow the Game Challenge in Nashville, Tenn., which included a straight-set win over No. 13 Grand Canyon. The Warriors are off to their best start since 1996 and have not dropped a regular season non-conference match since 2013.
The teams have met 92 times with the Bruins holding a 63-29 advantage. UH swept the series last year in Los Angeles, both in four sets, including the finale in which the Warriors pulled out an epic 41-39 first set win. In recent years, UH has had the upper hand in the series, holding a 9-4 advantage since 2013.
The series marks the start of a 12-match homestand for the Warriors, who will next host the inaugural Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger Classic, Feb. 1-3.
Matches #7-8 Who: No. 3 Hawai'i (6-0) vs. No. 2 UCLA (7-0) When: Friday, Jan. 26 and Sunday, Jan. 28 Time: 7:00 p.m. (Fri.) & 5:00 p.m. (Sun.) Where: Stan Sheriff Center; Honolulu, O'ahu Television Coverage: Spectrum Sports; Kanoa Leahey (play-by-play), Chris McLachlin (color) Streaming Video: www.bigwest.tv Radio Coverage: ESPN 1420AM; Tiff Wells (play-by-play) Audio Webcast: 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.
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