By Cindy Luis
Saturday's 7 p.m. match again on radio and espn1420am.com
live stats available at hawaiiathletics.com
Don't know if I'll be there. Have another assignment that conflicts, which is what happened Thursday.
Some of Stephen Tsai's story from Friday
The microphone malfunctioned during the national anthem. The key to the visiting locker room was misplaced. There was no entertainment during the extended break between the second and third sets.
And the University of Hawaii men's volleyball team also had a false start, losing its 2014 debut in four sets to Thompson Rivers University of Canada in the Stan Sheriff Center.
The scores were 25-19, 25-21, 13-25, 25-20.
There were two key factors in this exhibition: 1. The Rainbow Warriors were able to experiment with lineups and 2. the match did not count in any standings. The rematch is on Saturday night.
"It definitely was (about) knocking off the rust," UH middle blocker Nick West said.
Opposite attacker Brad Gunter led the WolfPack with 25 kills in 40 swings.
"He's a great player," Thompson River setter Colin Carson said. "He played on the junior national team for Canada."
Carson, who braids his hair and his beard, kept the Warriors in knots with his quick and high sets to left-side hitter Casey Knight (10 kills) and Gunter.