(Hawaii Athletics) - History will be made this week when the University of Hawai'i men's volleyball team hosts its first-ever Big West Conference matches against UC Irvine, Friday, Feb. 23 and Sunday, Feb. 25 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.
After spending 24 years in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, UH (8-1) moved to the Big West this season after the league added men's volleyball to its sports line-up. Along with the UH-UCI match on Friday, UC San Diego travels to UC Santa Barbara for a BWC match-up, marking a historic day for the conference.
The Rainbow Warriors enter this week's series riding a 13-match home conference win streak dating back to 2016. In the midst of a 12-match homestand — its longest in 20 years — Hawai'i is 4-1 although two of those matches did not count towards its overall record.
UH continues to hold on to its No. 3 national ranking for the fifth consecutive week while UCI (10-3) fell one spot to No. 5 after dropping its second straight match. This week's match-up features two of the top offenses in the country (UH #2 .362; UCI #4 .341).
UH has won the last four matches between the teams. UCI had won the previous 11.
Who: No. 3 Hawai'i (8-1) vs. No. 5 UC Irvine (10-3)
When: Friday, Feb. 23 and Sunday, Feb. 25
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: NBC Sports Radio 1500AM (Friday), ESPN 1420AM (Sunday); Tiff Wells (play-by-play)
Audio Webcast: nbcsportsradiohawaii.com and 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: Coca-Cola is the sponsor on Friday and will distribute 500 Coke branded phone wallets and phone pop sockets prior to the match at Gate A. Fans can register at the sports marketing table to participate in the "Volleyball Musical Chairs" contest during intermission for the chance to win a $50 Big City Diner Gift Card, and enter the "Lucky Seat Drawing" to win a Coca-Cola Chair. There will be an autograph session with the team following Friday's match at Gate B. Hawaii Pacific Health is the sponsor of Sunday's "Pink Night" contest and will distribute 300 pink trucker hats to the first 300 fans wearing pink apparel in support of breast cancer. Fans can register at the sports marketing table to participate in the "Sumo Contest" during intermission for the chance to win a free massage from Kapiolani Medical Center, and enter the "Lucky Seat Drawing" to win a Hydroflask.