Hawaii men’s volleyball: Rainbow Warriors release 2020 schedule

Hawaii's Colton Cowell dove for a ball against Long Beach State in the 2019 Big West Conference championship on April 19. Cowell returns for his senior year in 2020. / Photo by Andrew Lee, Special to the Star-Advertiser

Like most teams, the Hawaii men’s volleyball team has had problems filling its allotted 28 dates. The Rainbow Warriors have 29 matches, including two exhibitions with Nittaidai of Japan. Alumni match is Jan. 24.

Joked with coach Charlie Wade that they are revisiting the ghost of 2018 with nearly the identical schedule (at CSUN for 2 and then Pepperdine) that led to three road losses, something some have pointed to as one of the reasons the Warriors didn’t get the at-large bid over UCI, a team they beat in the MPSF semis.

Here’s the complete release from UH.

2020 schedule Record: 15-1, 0-0 Big West

1/3/2020CharlestonSSCW, 3-0
1/4/2020CharlestonSSCW, 3-0
1/9/2020EmmanuelSSCW, 3-0
1/10/2020HarvardSSCW, 3-0
1/11/2020Grand CanyonSSCW, 3-0
1/17/2020at LewisRomeoville, Ill.W, 3-1
1/18/2020at Loyola ChicagoChicagoW, 3-1
1/20/2020at Lincoln MemorialHarrogate, Tenn.W, 3-0
1/21/2020at KingBristol, Tenn.W, 3-0
2/6/2020QueensSSCW, 3-0
2/7/2020Concordia IrvineSSCW, 3-0
2/8/2020UC IrvineSSCW, 3-0
2/14/2020at StanfordStanford, Calif.W, 3-0
2/15/2020at StanfordStanford, Calif.W, 3-0
2/26/2020Nittaidai (Japan), EXH.SSCW, 3-1
2/28/2020Nittaidai (Japan), EXH.SSCW, 3-0
3/5/2020BYUSSCL, 0-3
3/6/2020BYUSSCW, 3-2
3/13/2020at Cal State Northridge*Northridge, Calif.4 p.m.
3/14/2020at Cal State Northridge*Northridge, Calif.4 p.m.
3/16/2020at PepperdineMalibu, Calif.TBD
3/27/2020UC San Diego*SSC7 p.m.
3/28/2020UC San Diego*SSC7 p.m.
4/3/2020Long Beach State*SSC7 p.m.
4/4/2020Long Beach State*SSC7 p.m.
4/10/2020at UC Santa Barbara*Santa Barbara, Calif.4 p.m.
4/11/2020at UC Santa Barbara*Santa Barbara, Calif.4 p.m.
4/17/2020UC Irvine*SSC7 p.m.
4/12/2020UC Irvine*SSC7 p.m.
4/23-25/2020Big West tournamentIrvine, Calif.TBA
Home matches played at Stan Sheriff Center
All times Hawaii time; schedule subject to change
*—Big West match

NCAA championship tournament
At George Mason, Fairfax, Va.
5: Opening rounds, TBA
7: Semifinals, TBA
9: Final, TBA


  1. turfwar November 15, 2019 12:47 pm

    Why so many weak teams in the first half of the schedule. Is there a problem scheduling the MPSF teams that we traditionally have scheduled in the past. No UCLA, USC, etc. Went to see this team play at Irvine and we are definitely title contenders again. They played lights out looking like the seasoned team they return and the new guys are outstanding. The new Middle is very strong and the 2 new OH’s are dynamic. Very athletic and when given a chance they will be crowd pleasers and Thelle was solid at setter. They need to be challenged to reach their potential.

  2. Maverick November 15, 2019 1:09 pm

    Cindy, regarding your comment related to my #45 in the prior thread, I was not referring to you or to this blog, but instead the website referenced in post #43.

  3. Cindy Luis November 15, 2019 1:09 pm

    1. you get who you can get. Scheduling not like it was before the split of the MPSF and new Big West. There’s also an emphasis on nonconference matches and road.
    Pepperdine was supposed to come out for 2 but cancelled.
    don’t think they’ll have a problem being challenged to their potential.

  4. jm2375 November 15, 2019 1:27 pm

    Will there be an Alumni Game this year? It was so much fun last year.

  5. Cindy Luis November 15, 2019 1:38 pm

    4. yes, mentioned above on Jan. 24. Not sure why it’s not on the schedule that got posted.

  6. Cindy Luis November 15, 2019 1:50 pm

    keeping this thread open but have new one with Top 25 scores
    UCLA sweeps at Cal
    2. thank you for the clarification.

  7. WaveRipper November 15, 2019 2:08 pm

    I don’t follow NCAA Men’s Volleyball much, but I do know these facts: “No traditional D-I conferences sponsored men’s volleyball until the Big West Conference added the sport for the 2018 season.

    In addition to the 23 D-I schools, 26 Division II schools are competing in D-I volleyball in the upcoming 2020 men’s volleyball season.

    Division II does not have a separate national championship, and neither Division I nor II has a sufficient number of teams to sponsor a national championship without the other.”

    Thus, I can see why it is important for DI teams to include DII teams (which are not necessarily weak teams) on their schedule, as NCAA Men’s Volleyball attempts to expand by being more “inclusive” rather than “exclusive.”


  8. 808 November 15, 2019 2:31 pm

    Cindy, the link in #6 leads me right back to this thread.

  9. Matt November 15, 2019 2:56 pm

    Just saw the schedule and checked on some of the other sports (Softball schedule did come out just now), and because of the big clusterbomb for men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s volleyball, baseball and softball schedules prepared already, this makes spending money quite a hassle to put up with. I have a friend who I have planned different events with the wait on the baseball, softball and men’s volleyball schedules coming aboard. Once I saw what they were going to deal with in the volleyball schedule, now it pondered over with the schematics with what to do. Here’s what I had going for:
    CSF women’s basketball – Jan. 18
    UCD men’s basketball – Jan. 25
    UCR men’s basketball – Feb. 29
    Cal Poly women’s basketball – Mar. 7
    Chicago State baseball – Mar. 13
    UCSD men’s volleyball – Mar. 27/28
    Cal Poly softball – Apr. 3
    UCI men’s volleyball – Apr. 17/18
    And all of that is going to be taking place right after I quit Times in mid-December. The only hope I can think of is how I’m going to adapt with spending wisely, especially if I do intend on going to California sometime in early April 2020. It’s still a work in progress, but I’m trying to strategize with what to do with the set of games I’m plotting through.

  10. turfwar November 15, 2019 3:44 pm

    WaveRipper you need to come and see the matches against the likes of Queens, Charleston, Emmanuel, Lincoln Memorial, Concordia, King… Not only is discrepancy in talent huge but it will make for boring matches with no intrigue. A couple of those guys to “expand the game” is helpful for the overall health of the game but believe me it will be decades if ever that those programs become anywhere near competitive. It’s hard when many if not most states don’t even have high school boys volleyball programs.The overall number of elite volleyball talent makes it even tougher for starting programs but then to convince colleges of start up programs to invest in what is basically a non revenue sport will not happen anytime in the near future. Two years ago even with a great team it was hard to consistently get 4,000 in that Stanley. We could lose fans with these early season match ups despite the momentum gained last year. I’ve been a fan since watching Allen Allen in Klum. For me the men’s game is an absolute joy to watch. Not sure for the average fan.

  11. Baby-Dude November 15, 2019 6:51 pm

    LBS sweeps UCSB , and CP sweeps CSUN. LBS dangerous, should be a good match with UH next week.

  12. Cindy Luis November 15, 2019 8:06 pm

    thanks for letting me know it was the wrong link.
    See above.
    7. DI-DII has been combined for decades. Until 2020-21, UC San Diego has been at the DII status. Lewis won the NCAA men’s volleyball title as a DII school. (since vacated). The difference is in the number of scholarships. The Tritons will be greatly improved now that they will be able to give the full 4.5 rides in MVB.
    10. I would hardly call the matches boring. Yes there are major differences in the level of talent, more because of the lack of scholarships given at some of the start-up programs, But when you look at the bottom teams in the EIVA and MIVA a few are as bad as some of the Conference Carolinas.
    BTW King and Lincoln Memorial are road games.
    Hawaii only has 10 Big West matches. That’s 18 dates left open. everyone is scrambling to schedule.
    Both USC and Pepperdine were scheduled to come out this season then pulled out.

  13. noblesol November 15, 2019 11:59 pm

    10) Concordia-Irvine is not to be taken for granted. They are well coached, have some talent, and they had wins over BYU, Irvine, and Stanford last year. Let them into a match, and they can steal it.

    And, Lincoln Memorial finished their season 18-7 last year, won their last 8, and went undefeated at home. When they played Hawai’i last year in Hawai’i, they had lost some of their players due to team rule violations while in Hawai’i. Still, they were very scrappy and Hawai’i came close to losing a set to them when playing their B squad in set three of their last match. They had to put the SVT back in to squeak out a 27-25 win. Hawai’i should completely respect Lincoln Memorial on their home court. It will be Hawai’i’s fourth road match in five days, so hardly a match for the Warriors to take lightly.

  14. jm2375 November 16, 2019 12:30 pm

    For the first time in Idunno how many years, there are NO Sunday games!

  15. Cindy Luis November 16, 2019 2:55 pm

    13. Patchel does a nice job with what he has at COI
    They’ve been competitive with very good wins.
    14. that will change next year. with more Big West BKB teams MVB is going to have to do a number of Fri-Sun matches until after mid-March. There will be fewer open home weeks with BKB adding Bakersfield and UCSD.

  16. Cindy Luis November 16, 2019 2:56 pm

    new thread up with Saturday scores.

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