Wahine Volleyball to Host Nebraska on Maui

February 24, 2012, 2:56 PM HST · Updated February 24, 3:00 PM
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The University of Hawaii women’s volleyball team will play Nebraska on Friday, Mar. 23, at War Memorial Gym.

“This is a great opportunity for us to play one of the top programs in the nation,” said head coach Dave Shoji on Nebraska. “We have been working on scheduling this Nebraska match for a while and I’m glad that fans outside of Oahu will have an opportunity to see top-notched women’s volleyball competition. Mahalo to Hawaiian Airlines for sponsoring the Nebraska match and making it possible for us to play in front of UH fans on Maui.”

The Rainbow Wahine (31-2 in 2011) finished the season ranked No. 5 in the final 2011 AVCA national poll after advancing to the NCAA Honolulu Regional. The Bows won the Western Athletic Conference for the 16th time with an unblemished 14-0 record, and will play next season as a member of the Big West Conference.

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Kalei Adolpho. Photo UH Athletics.

The team also boasts a pair of former Maui Interscholastic League all-stars in Kalei Adolpho, formerly of Molokai High, and Ginger Long, a Kamehameha Maui graduate who redshirted in 2011. Adolpho, however, often provided the team with a spark off the bench, finishing her freshman season with 54 kills in 25 matches as a middle blocker, to go along with 56 total blocks.

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The Cornhuskers (25-5 in 2011) are coming off a season that saw them win their first Big-10 title before falling in five sets to Kansas State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Nebraska was one win away from joining UH in the Honolulu Regional and concluded the season ranked No. 12 nationally. This will be the third Spring match between the two teams.

Hawaiian Airlines, a UH Diamond Corporate Partner, is providing airline tickets for the UH and Nebraska players, coaches, and support staffs. In addition, they will have giveaways and prizes for the fans attending the match on Maui.

Tickets for the Nebraska match are $12 for adults, $8 for senior citizens (65+), and $6 for students ages 4-high school and UH system students with a valid UH ID.

Tickets can also be purchased locally through Pacific Radio Group at 311 Ano Street in Kahului.

Fans can purchase tickets online and print them on their home computer, or visit the Stan Sheriff Center Box Office (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.) or call 944-2697 during the same hours.

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