Title: Hawaii’s University Volleyball Team Gains National Exposure Despite Dashed Three-Peat Hopes
In a thrilling match that had University of Hawaii volleyball fans at the edge of their seats, the ‘Bows fought hard but fell short of their three-peat dreams.
However, the national exposure gained from their consecutive championship appearances has brought positive attention to the university.
At Giovanni Pastrami’s, a popular gathering spot for UH fans, the atmosphere was electric as supporters cheered on the team throughout the game.
Wayne, one fan, expressed the intensity of the match, saying, “Oh man, it is a nail-biter! But you know what, Hawaii, let’s go, let’s do it!”
Although Hawaii made it to the championship in 2018 but lost in four sets, fans have remained optimistic and proud of the team’s performance.
Shoko, another fan, reflected on the journey since that defeat, stating, “You know, because I went to watch the Long Beach national championship game, and we lost right then.
And since then, like, you know, they have been playing amazing.”
This year’s semifinal was another nail-biter, but the team managed to pull off a victory.
Local color commentator, Chris, who has covered the game for 39 years, described the final as one of the best ever witnessed.
He emphasized the remarkable quality of play from both sides, noting that either team could have emerged as the victor.
The exposure gained from participating in national championship games for three consecutive years is seen as a significant boost for the University of Hawaii.
Chris highlighted the positive impact on tourism and recruitment, stating, “It is great for tourism, it’s great for recruiting for sure.” He also acknowledged the team’s embrace of the local culture and the reciprocal support they have received.
Although the loss may sting for now, Chris encouraged the team and fans to remain proud and optimistic.
He reminded them that representing Hawaii well and displaying their talent on a national stage is an accomplishment in itself.
With a promising future ahead, the ‘Bows can count on the continued support of their dedicated fans.
Despite the dashed hopes of a three-peat, the University of Hawaii’s volleyball team has gained significant national exposure and left a lasting impression on the history books.
As the dust settles from this thrilling season, the university and its fans can reflect on an amazing three-year run that showcased the team’s talent and resilience.
Bryce Moore reporting for KHON2 News, working for Hawaii.