Captain status ‘means everything’ to ‘Bows setter Franciskovic

Jennings Franciskovic

The University of Hawaii men’s volleyball team extended its win streak to 11 matches this past weekend, but remains fourth in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll.

Winners of 20 straight sets, the ‘Bows have been fueled by Jennings Franciskovic.

In his last six matches, the senior setter racked up an average of 32 assists, 5 digs, and 2 blocks — more than earning his captain status.

Following Hawaii’s most recent victory over Pepperdine, head coach Charlie Wade explains it’s a status that was sought out after.

“You know last year, he was disappointed that he wasn’t voted one of the four captains and this year, he was the leading vote-getter,” Wade said, “so he really has just worked on just who he is as an adult, as a professional, and the team is really rallying around him.”

“Honestly that means everything to get the respect from the team, honestly,” said Franciskovic. “Every time somebody asks me that I’m at a loss for words. I don’t even know what to say about it. It’s just that I love it. I love the team. I love the guys, and just getting the respect from them, especially this year coming off of last year, means everything to me.”

Winners of 14 straight at home dating back to last season, the Rainbow Warriors will next get 14th-ranked USC for a two-match series starting Thursday in Manoa.

Matches #19 & #20
Who: No. 4 Hawai’i (16-2, 7-2 MPSF) vs. No. 14 USC (6-9, 5-7 MPSF)
Where: Stan Sheriff Center; Honolulu, O’ahu
Television Coverage: OC Sports will televise both matches live with Kanoa Leahey (play-by-play) and Chris McLachlin (color).
Radio Coverage: Thursday’s match will air on NBC Sports Radio 1500AM while Friday’s match will air on ESPN 1420AM with Tiff Wells calling the action.
Streaming Video: HawaiiAthletics.com
Audio Webcast: nbcsportsradiohawaii.com and espn1420am.com
Live Stats: 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.
Series History: UH leads 41-37

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