Warriors won't take Hope International lightly


POSTED: Thursday, February 18, 2010

Another nonconference opponent. Another chance to get better.

That's how No. 9 Hawaii is looking at its matches with NAIA power Hope International. The Royals (5-3), third-ranked in the NAIA, are loaded with talented international players and anchored by five island prep products, not to mention former Radford boys coach Victor Jennings-Santiago.

“;And you know how all the local boys play well when they come home,”; Warriors coach Charlie Wade said. “;For us, we want to continue to play well, build on what we did in that last match against Alberta (a sweep Saturday).

“;We played at a real high level, made those scramble players, held them off when we had to. That's what we want to continue to build on.”;

While the rest of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation beats up on each other, Hawaii is hanging at 4-4 in the standings. The Warriors return to MPSF play next week when hosting Brigham Young Friday at the Stan Sheriff Center and Saturday at War Memorial Gym in Maui.





        What: No. 3 Hope International (5-3 NAIA) at No. 9 Hawaii (6-5 NCAA)

When: 7 p.m. today and tomorrow


Where: Stan Sheriff Center


TV/Radio: KFVE, Ch. 5 (both matches), KKEA, 1420-AM (tomorrow only)


Tickets: $3-$11


Much like BYU, Hope International features older players. Senior All-American libero Noah Casaquit is a 2000 Moanalua graduate and sophomore hitter Kaimi Guerreiro, the Royals' kill leader, graduated from Kalaheo in 2001.

Also playing for Hope are Guerreiro's younger brother Mana (Kalaheo '07), a junior hitter; freshman defensive specialist Kahale Morgan (Kamehameha '09); and sophomore libero Henry Valiente (Farrington '02).

Hope is coming off last week's five-set loss to Cal Baptist, the top-ranked team in the NAIA. Senior Alex Figueiredo, a 6-foot-9 opposite from Brazil, had 24 killsm, 6-6 junior hitter Brett Massetti added 12 kills, and Kaimi Guerreiro finished with 17 digs against the visiting Lancers.

“;They'll be really competitive,”; Wade said. “;And we know they'll be fired up to play us.”;

Post-match concert tomorrow

One of the performers for tomorrow's “;Volley Ka Pila”; is Warrior redshirt freshman setter Kala'e Camarillo (Kamehameha-Maui '09), whose band 'Why Bother' won $5,000, a recording contract and the title at Tom Moffatt's “;Band Champ' last April.

Included in the 70-minute set will be the band's winning song, “;Hey Darci.”;

“;It's an original song about a girl in high school who had a crush on me,”; Camarillo said. “;It started as a joke but people liked it.”;

The concert is included in the cost of ticket for volleyball. Other UH students will be performing.