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On this Date: October 17 (’98, ’01, ’09)

By Tiff Wells.

October 17. A date so good we had to go with three different years!

In 1998, UH was coming off their first ever Western Athletic Conference loss (entered the WAC for the ’96 season and had won their first 34 WAC matches), a 3-1 loss at BYU. How would the Rainbow Wahine respond at San Diego State? UH took a 2-0 lead (15-5, 15-8) in the match, only to see the Aztecs win the next two sets (16-14, 15-12). The winner-take-all fifth set went to Hawai`i, 15-10. A conference win for UH…something that would be said for every conference match until 2006. UH went on to win 132-consecutive conference matches, a national record that still stands today as the longest streak in NCAA history.

In 2001, in a match also at San Diego State, UH continued their conference win streak. The Bows began a 3-match conference road trip with a four-set win against the Aztecs, set scores: 30-18, 30-22, 23-30, 30-19. UH led the nation in assists per game (16.17/g) that season and in the win over SDSU, Setter Margaret Vakasausau helped that averaged out. She had 57 assists in the victory. This was one of nine matches on the season where Vakasausau would record 50 or more assists in a match.

On this day in 2009, @DaveShoji became just the second coach in NCAA history to win 1️⃣,0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ career games, picking up the prestigious milestone by defeating New Mexico State, 3-1, in front of 9,293 fans at the Stan Sheriff Center.#NCAAVB | @HawaiiWVB pic.twitter.com/o1CoZ4pWXc

— NCAA Volleyball (@NCAAVolleyball) October 17, 2020