Lincoln Memorial proved its willing to travel to play top quality non-conference matches — even if that opponent is more than 4,000 miles from Tennessee.
Lincoln Memorial as part of recently unveiling its 2019 schedule announced it will play a two-match road series against Hawai’i on Feb. 15-17.
This will the second consecutive year that the Railsplitters and Rainbow Warriors have a non-conference match against each other. Hawai’i swept Lincoln Memorial last season at the Off the Block Grow the Game Challenge presented by MotorMVB in Nashville.
Hawai’i ended the 2018 season at No. 5 in the national coaches poll but narrowly missed the final at-large bid to the seven-team NCAA Tournament. Among the starters returning for the Rainbow Warriors in 2019 includes All-American setter Joe Worsely and All-American outside attacker Stijn van Tilburg, who spent the offseason playing with the Netherlands Men’s National Team.
The trip to Hawai’i is the first time in Lincoln Memorial’s three-year program history that it has scheduled a road match farther west than Missouri.
The Railsplitters return a majority of starters after winning the 2018 IVA Tournament championship. In addition, Lincoln Memorial under first-year head coach John Cash finished with a winning record last season.
Opposite Evan Cory led Lincoln Memorial and was among the national leaders with a 3.51 kills per game average. Cory also had a career-high 26 kills against Coker in the IVA Tournament finals.