(Hawaii Athletics) - The sixth-ranked University of Hawai'i men's volleyball team closes out the regular season with the anticipated showdown against No. 1 Long Beach State, Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14 in a two-match Big West Conference series at the Stan Sheriff Center.
UH will honor two seniors following Saturday's match — libero Larry Tuileta and defensive specialist Mamane Namahoe. Since transferring from USC, "Tui" has appeared in 55 matches with 412 career digs and a 2.31 digs per set average. The Honolulu, O'ahu native has mainly served as the team's libero but has also seen action at outside hitter. Namahoe, a junior in eligibility, will graduate and not return next season. In three seasons at UH, the Hilo, Hawai'i native has appeared as a defensive specialist in 29 matches with six career starts at libero.
The Rainbow Warriors (17-6, 5-3 BWC) enter the series having won their last four matches, including a first-ever road sweep at UC Santa Barbara last week while the 49ers (23-0, 8-0) swept a two-match series with UC San Diego.
With the Beach already locking up the regular season title and No. 1 seed in the inaugural BWC Tournament, this week's matches mean more to the Warriors for seeding purposes at next week's tournament held in Long Beach, Calif. Currently UH and UC Irvine are tied for second place in the standings.
UH and LBSU were picked to finish 1-2 in the preseason rankings. The Beach have won the last five meetings in the series including all three last season. The teams met in last year's Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship match, which the 49ers won in four sets.
Who: No. 6 Hawai'i (17-6, 5-3 BWC) vs. No. 1 Long Beach State (23-0, 8-0 BWC)
When: Friday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14
Time: 7:00 p.m. both nights
Where: Stan Sheriff Center; Honolulu, O'ahu
Television Coverage: Spectrum Sports; Scott Robbs (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.
Promotions: First Hawaiian Bank is the sponsor on Friday and will distribute 1,000 International Auto Show coupons prior to the match at Gate A, and award cash and gift card prizes to the contestants in the "Roll in Dough" contest during intermission. Sign up for your chance to win at the sports marketing table located at Gate A. There will be an autograph session with the Beach Volleyball team following Friday's match at Gate B. The University of Hawaii Federal Credit Union is the sponsor of Saturday's "Senior Night" match and will distribute 1,000 men's volleyball team photos and 500 foldable fans. The theme is a "Whiteout" and fans are encouraged to wear white UH apparel. UHFCU will honor the seniors of UH's olympic sports with commemorative plaques during a special "Senior Salute"ceremony at intermission, and will host the men's volleyball "Senior Night" ceremony following the match.