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No. 10 Hawai’i to play tonight after tsunami warning canceled

March 11, 2011

The No. 10 Hawai’i men’s volleyball team’s home match tonight will not be postponed after a tsunami warning for the state ended earlier today.

Hawai’i will open its two-match weekend home series against Pacific at its initially scheduled time of 7 p.m. Friday in Honolulu, the school’s Director of Media Relations Derek Inouchi stated via e-mail earlier today.

A tsunami warning was issued for Hawaii along with a mass statewide evacuation of the coastal area after a tsunami killed hundreds of people in Japan. The tsunami resulted from a 8.9 earthquake near Japan’s east coast.

The wave hit Hawaii this morning. As of Friday afternoon no deaths have been reported but there has been damage on three islands because of the tsunami, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle issued all clear for residents to return following the evacuation.

The Warriors previously have delayed a match because of the threat of inclement weather. Hawai’i last year postponed the final match of its weekend series against BYU one day because of the possibility of a tsunami.

The Hawai’i athletics department also announced its baseball team and softball teams will not postpone their home matches today.

Hawai’i (8-9, 6-6 MPSF) enters tonight on a two match winning streak and is in seventh place in the conference.

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