Tomorrow afternoon at 3pm the rivalry gets a new chapter. The University of Hawaii hits the Pan Am to take on our beloved Lady Aggies. This is THE game.
Granted, UH leads the series 23-1 but all the meetings here at the Pan Am/LC High School have gone to 5 sets. Will tomorrow be the day that record goes to 23-2? It's possible.
The Aggies have looked very strong this year and, with the heavy pre-season schedule they undertook, they are ready for Hawaii. We are currently 7-6 with 3 of those losses coming from high ranked teams. Hawaii is 10-2 with both losses coming from ranked teams. They did beat two ranked teams - Minnesota and Washington. They are currently ranked 7th in the nation while the Aggies aren't ranked at all (which is perfectly fine with me.)
I expect the Aggies to come out fighting. They've held their opponents below their averages and their big players to below personal bests as well. The defense has been pretty spectacular. From what I've read around the web (with special thanks to VB friend Roy), the UH block is not what it should or could be. If the Aggies can get inside the Bows' heads, and if Lindsey, et all can get through the block, it will be an amazing match to say the least.
Gamewise - it's at 3pm. There have been some grumblings about the game being at the wrong time for tailgating. Yep, I know the Lobos are on their way to town tomorrow. I know it's the first football tailgate of the year. I know folks love to hang out and have fun but just this once, I'm hoping that fans will take a look at things and join the crowd at the Pan Am Center at 3pm. Bring your football ticket and get in for a buck. A single dollar to see the top 2 teams in the WAC. One lousy greenback.
And if you really need to get in some tailgating, join the Lady Aggie Tailgaters on the north lawn of the Pan Am starting at 10am. Yes. 10am. This is Hawaii so we pull out all of the stops. If you're a Hawaii fan in town, you are invited. Any and all Aggie fans are welcome. Heck, if you're a Lobo fan, you're invited as well.
(And if you are hitting the tailgates tomorrow, please be careful. Call a cab if you've 'enjoyed the day' too much.)