The fourth-ranked University of Hawaii men’s volleyball team will look to bounce back from two losses last week with a pair of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation matches against No. 14 CSUN, Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25 to close out the regular season home schedule. Both matches begin at 7:00 p.m., at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Following Saturday’s match, four seniors will be honored during the traditional Senior Night ceremony – outside hitter Kupono Fey, setter Jennings Franciskovic, middle blocker Hendrik Mol, and opposite Iain McKellar. The foursome began their careers together as freshman in 2014 and have played in a combined 322 career matches with 211 starts.
“It’s been amazing. This place, I mean, this place gets filled up when we play with crazy fans and it’s an amazing honor to be able to represent this state and this university, carry the flag that we do on our jerseys, so I’m just thankful for the opportunity that I’ve had for these four years,” Mol said. “I’m not ready for it yet. It will be exciting, tough, and sad, obviously, to play the last games, but we still have to pull through in these last very crucial games in order to compete for the top four spots in the MPSF, so it’s very crucial.”
The Rainbow Warriors (20-4, 10-4 MPSF) had several streaks come to an end during their recent two-match series sweep by No. 3 BYU, most notably a 15-match win streak. UH entered the series having won 10 consecutive straight-set matches but instead were swept twice, extending its losing streak in Provo to 15. This week, the Warriors will look to improve on their program-best 19-match win streak, which includes a perfect 15-0 mark at the Sheriff Center this season.
The Matadors (12-12, 5-10) enter this week’s matches having lost six straight matches, including a pair to Pepperdine and Long Beach State last week. UH leads the all-time series 50-19 and have won six straight over CSUN.
Matches #25 & #26
Who: No. 4 Hawai’i (20-4, 10-4 MPSF) vs. No. 14 CSUN (12-12, 5-10 MPSF)
When: Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25
Time: 7:00 p.m. both matches
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: ESPN 1420AM will air both matches with Tiff Wells calling the action.
Streaming Video: HawaiiAthletics.com
Audio Webcast: 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 50-19