(HAWAII ATHLETICS) The University of Hawai'i men's volleyball team will take a break from Big West Conference action by hosting a two-match series against new Mountain Pacific Sports Federation member No. 13 Concordia-Irvine, Friday, March 2 and Sunday, March 4 at the Stan Sheriff Center.
This week's matches mark the first-ever meeting between the teams. UH (9-2), which moved up one spot to No. 2 in this week's AVCA poll, enters the series following a two-match split of UC Irvine to open BWC play while CUI (8-6) won all three matches last week including a five-set victory over BWC member CSUN in which the Eagles erased six match points.
The Warriors saw their 14-match conference home win streak come to an end in a four-set loss to UCI on Sunday. In that match, outside hitter Stijn van Tilburg matched his career-high with 27 kills, hitting .458. The junior averaged 6.00 kills per set in the series to earn BWC Player of the Week honors. Libero Larry Tuileta earned Defensive Player of the Week honors after posting a pair of double-digit dig totals.
After extending its home win streak to 26 matches earlier this season, UH has lost two of its last four at the Sheriff Center. Hawai'i concludes its seven-week homestand with the 24th Outrigger Resorts Invitational, March 8-10, featuring fellow Top 10 ranked teams BYU, Lewis, and Penn State.
Matches #12-13 Who: No. 2 Hawai'i (9-2, 1-1 BWC) vs. No. 13 Concordia-Irvine (8-6, 3-3 MPSF) When: Friday, March 2 and Sunday, March 4 Time: 7:00 p.m. (Fri.) & 5:00 p.,m. (Sun.) Where: Stan Sheriff Center; Honolulu, O'ahu Television Coverage: None Streaming Video: www.bigwest.tv Radio Coverage: NBC Sports Radio 1500AM (Friday) and 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: Bank of Hawaii is the sponsor of Friday's "RETRO Night" game and will distribute 100 thermo tote bags and provide games and door prizes prior to the match at Gate A. Fans can register at the sports marketing table to participate in the "Monster Trike Race" during intermission for the chance to win a $100 gift card. Official RETRO apparel will be available at the H-Zone store located at Gate B. There will be an autograph session with the team following Friday's match at Gate B. On Sunday, fans can register to participate in the "Sumo Contest" during intermission for the chance to win great prizes.