Vulcan women’s volleyball team on a winning streak
Staff Writer Nick Wagner
Photos Courtesy Samantha Devivo and the Hilo Athletics Department
After losing the first two games back on Sept. 21 and 22, the Vulcan lady volleyball team has put together a large, 11-game winning streak. The Vulcans immediately bounced back by going on the road in California and winning five straight games while traveling. The team was able to redeem their earlier home losses, and kept the winning streak going by winning six consecutive games in front of the home crowd.
The Hilo crowd hasn’t seen the volleyball team win 10 or more games since 2010 when the Vulcan volleyball team won 13 in a row.
Since the disappointing home weekend, the Vulcans have shown everyone in the PacWest that they are a force not to be reckoned with. While on the winning streak, the Vulcans have ran through opponents, winning eight out of 11 games in straight sets (3-0), while only losing four sets during that time. With less than 10 games to go in the conference season, the Vulcans look to keep adding to the win column as they travel into Oʻahu and California.
The Vulcans will have one more game to play at home before they go on the road to play six games in just 15 days. Once they hit the road, the Vulcans will have plenty of milestones to look forward to with their winning streak.
On Nov. 3, the Vulcans will travel to Chaminade to try and capture a 14th straight win in what could be the longest winning streak of the decade for the Vulcan volleyball squad. Next they will look forward to Nov. 13 and 14 where they will look to go down in the history books forever. These dates mark what could be the Vulcans 16th and 17th consecutive wins of the season, which would officially earn them the title of longest win streak in school history. (Hilo Athletics,VB-Weekly, 2019)
The road to come will be tough given the amount of games and the intensity of their competition. But the Vulcans have shown throughout October that they can play with an energy that overmatches any team that comes across them. The lady Vulcans look to keep the momentum going and take over the top spot in the conference from a Chaminade team that currently has won thirteen games in a row.
The Vulcans have shown more focus since coming back to Hilo, and with nine games left they will have to stay successful in order to capture a conference title. The ultimate test for the Vulcans will come on Nov. 3 when they travel to play Chaminade, the team currently holding the top spot in the conference. This might as well be classified as the game of the year for the PacWest conference, with the two hottest teams coming across each other in a time of the year that is so important to each team’s success.
The Vulcans have shown recently that they feel comfortable playing at home. With the fans matching the energy of the team it seems as though the Vulcans have become pretty much invincible at home.
Unfortunately for Hilo town, the Vulcans won’t return to the UH Hilo gym until Nov. 20 and Nov. 23 when they will play the final two games of their regular season.