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A couple different looks at UH-Nebraska volleyball

March 25, 2012 - Robert Collias
The Hawaii-Nebraska volleyball match at War Memorial Gym on Friday night was the equivalent of spring football — it doesn't count for anything more than practice — and maybe bragging rights going into the 2012 season in the fall if these two are to meet in perhaps a Hawaiian Airlines preseason tournament or the NCAA Tournament.

Both Maui County girls, Molokai's Kalei Adolpho and Kamehameha Maui's Ginger Long, got to see plenty of action for the Rainbow Wahine, even though the sold-out crowd of about 2,100 (that's how many tickets were distributed and my bet is that all of them were used) didn't go home with the result they wanted after the Huskers won all four sets, 25-23, 25-16, 25-15, 25-16.

To show just how popular these two programs are — they perennially finish 1-2 on anyone's attendance list — the Omaha World-Herald wanted a take on the event from 5,000 miles away, even though it started at 11 p.m. their time. For goodness sake, they previewed this trip.

When Nebraska's state newspaper did not get a report of the score, they called me and I was able to piece this together for their website on the night of the match. They asked for a follow feature story that would fit in their deadline plans for the Sunday paper and I was able to file this take on their trip.

Only one other place that would want that kind of coverage on their women's volleyball team outside of the 50th state — Nebraska.

My colleague Lehia Apana did a great job on her preview of the match for us — looking at the hottest ticket Wailuku town has seen in some time.

Oh yeah, here is what I filed for us on the night of the match. Would have had a little more if not for some computer problems and some anxious-to-go-home Maui County personnel, who hurried me out of the gym.


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