Queens schedules big two-match home series vs. Hawai’i for 2019

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It may be a second-year program, but Queens just scheduled a non-conference home series that could be the envy of any college men’s volleyball team in the nation.

Coach Jeremy Price announced recently that Queens will play a two-match home series against Hawai’i on Feb. 7-10 at the Levine Center in Charolette, North Carolina.

The two matches against the Rainbow Warriors will take place during the Royals’ Homecoming Weekend. In addition, both teams will play a non-conference against St. Francis as part of this non-conference event.

“This is going to be an exciting year for the Queens University of Charlotte men’s volleyball program,” Price said in a statement. “With last year being the first year for our program we played a very challenging schedule. This year’s edition will bring a significant upgrade to the opponents we play and the Homecoming slate of matches promises to be particularly exciting.”

Queens competing as an independent in its inaugural season finished 8-21 and advanced to the IVA Tournament semifinals. Freshman middle attacker Aleksandar Perisic and freshman libero Conner Nagaki also were named to the 2018 Off the Block All-Independent Team.

This will be the second time in the Rainbow Warriors’ program history that they will travel to the Southeast or South for a non-conference matches. Hawai’i went undefeated at the 2018 Off the Block Grow the Game Challenge in Nashville.

The Rainbow Warriors following that early-season non-conference tournament ended the regular season in second place in the Big West and in the top five of the national rankings. It also narrowly missed the final at-large berth to the seven-team NCAA Tournament.

Among the starters returning for Hawai’i next season includes two All-Americans — outside attacker Stijn van Tilburg and setter Joe Worley.

Hawai’i will begin its series against Queens on Thursday, Feb. 7 and will then play the finale on Sunday, Feb. 10. It also will play St. Francis on Friday, Feb. 8.