Hawai’i wipes out Stanford in front of packed “White-Out” crowd for Alumni Night

Hawai’i wipes out Stanford in front of packed “White-Out” crowd for Alumni Night

UH floor captain Spyros Chakas goes for a ball in a matchup against #5 Stanford. | Photo Credit: Michael Lasquero, HSRN

Hawai’i wipes out Stanford in front of packed White-Out” crowd for Alumni Night

BY PAUL BRECHT | HONOLULU
PUBLISHED FEB 9, 2024

HONOLULU — Who said sweeping white-outs was only for wintry weather? 

The University of Hawai’i men’s volleyball team celebrated “Alumni Appreciation Night” in style, sweeping through the Stanford Cardinal in straight sets Saturday night, 27-25, 25-7, 25-20, in front of a season-high attendance of 8,930 screaming fans. Floor captain Spyros Chakas’ season-best 23 kills led the way as the UH attack dominated all evening to the tune of a hitting percentage of .594% while committing only three attack errors the entire night. 

The fifth-ranked Cardinal opened the match’s first frame by scoring three of the first four points of the night before seeing the ‘Bows re-find their footing to tie the set at five by notching four of the next six points. Much like the first match between the two on Thursday, neither side allowed for much breathing room as the teams traded point-for-point until a quick run pushed Hawai’i ahead by three, 13-10, and forced a Cardinal timeout. 

After Stanford knotted the match at 15, the tug-of-war, back-and-forth trading of points resumed as the ‘Bows and the Cardinal attempted to snatch the coveted first set point. Hawai’i got the chance first after a Chaz Galloway service ace but would need three set points in total to take the opening frame in extras, 27-25. 

For as closely contested as the first set was, the second frame was the exact opposite as the ‘Bows raced out to a 15-4 lead to go into the media timeout behind the amped-up Chakas and his 99th career ace, tying him with Naveh Milo for 10th-most in UH program history. After the stop in the action, Hawai’i held Stanford to just three more points en route to an impressive 25-7 win in the frame. 

Stanford tried to stave off the sweep with a quick start to the third set that mirrored the opening one, scoring three of the first four points before allowing Hawai’i to draw to a tie again. Once again, Hawai’i would jump ahead with both teams into double-digit points, 13-10, forcing a Cardinal timeout. The pause did not help matters much for the visitors as the UH lead grew to four points after a Tread Rosenthal kill and then again with a kill from Thursday’s star performer Alaka’i Todd making it 21-17. 

The ‘Bows would not play with their food, either. Hawai’i rattled off four of the next seven points to finish out the match with their third straight set win, 25-20. 

Everything was clicking for the Rainbow Warriors as Spyros Chakas set the tone with his 23 kills while Alaka’i Todd finished with nine kills on 15 swings. Freshman setter Tread Rosenthal tallied 33 assists throughout the match as he continued to spearhead a Hawai’i attack that leads the nation in efficiency. 

Hawai’i returns to action in 13 days when the Rainbow Warriors play host to Missouri S&T on back-to-back nights, looking to extend their nine-match winning streak to double figures. First serve for the first of the two matchups is scheduled for February 22 at 7 p.m. HT. 

University of Hawai’i to host 3 future Big West men’s & women’s volleyball championships

University of Hawai’i to host 3 future Big West men’s & women’s volleyball championships

University of Hawai’i to host 3 future Big West men’s & women’s volleyball championships

BY PAUL BRECHT | HONOLULU
PUBLISHED OCT 20, 2023

HONOLULU — The Big West is bringing the league’s biggest events to the islands. 

The conference announced on Friday a multi-year renewal of a wide-ranging partnership with the Hawai’i Tourism Authority that will bring three championship volleyball events to the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, sharing that SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center will be the site of the men’s volleyball championship tournament for the 2024 and 2025 seasons before the women’s volleyball championship tournament takes a turn on O’ahu in November of 2026. 

“The Big West is truly excited to bring these three premiere championships to the Hawaiian Islands and this partnership with HTA,” Big West Commissioner Dan Butterly said Friday in Mānoa. “It is our shared goal with HTA to deliver a positive impact for the community, fans and the talented student-athletes competing for these championships.” 

Butterly also noted that the rabid tenacity and passion of the fans in Hawai’i at similar prior Big West events played a part in the return of the championships to the islands. 

The agreement allows the HTA to continue to serve as an official “Corporate Partner” and as the “Presenting Sponsor” for the three events on UH’s campus. In addition to the partnership, all three tournaments will be broadcast for the public on either Spectrum Sports within Hawai’i or on the ESPN family of networks on the mainland. 

In addition, Outrigger Resorts and Hotels will serve as the title sponsor for the 2023 Outrigger Big West Women’s Volleyball Championship that will be played at Walter Pyramid on Long Beach State’s campus from November 22-25, 2023. The marketing partnership between Outrigger Resorts and the Big West will also see Outrigger sponsor the men’s volleyball championships through 2026. 

The men’s tournament returns to the island after a brief one-year hiatus, last taking place in Irvine, California last season. UH hosted the tournament three straight times with the 2019, 2021 and 2022 events taking place at Stan Sheriff Center. 

Tickets for the 2023 Outrigger Resorts and Hotels Big West Women’s Volleyball Championship are available now at LongBeachState.com/tickets while information for The Hawaiian Islands presents the 2024 Outrigger Big West Men’s Volleyball Championship will become available as soon as January 2024.