By Stephen Tsai
Spring is in sight.
Although spring does not officially arrive for another 52 days, major league baseball opens training next month, UH describes this as "spring semester," and, in two days, the Rainbow Warriors begin their countdown to spring practice with the beginning of the offseason conditioning program.
The players received suggested workout programs last month. They can work out officially under UH supervision beginning Wednesday. Some — like Taylor Graham, who is coming off a procedure on his non-throwing arm — will have limited workouts. The rest will go through the full strength and conditioning program. Spring practice will be held in April.
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Remember Terrance Polk?
Polk, a receiver from Los Medanos College, said he still needs to pass a statistics class to earn an AA and be eligible to transfer to a Division I school. He said he is taking that class at Los Medanos.
Polk signed a letter of intent with the Warriors last year. He said he "most definitely" plans to join UH.
"Hawaii Warriors all day," Polk said.
If he were to join UH, he would have two years to play two seasons.
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Because of different circumstances, it still is difficult to determine the impact of a live telecast on men's volleyball attendance.
Last week, there were 1,492 fans for the UH-Long Beach State match that was televised and 2,020 for the non-televised rematch. But the first match was on a Thursday night, and the second on the Friday leading to a three-day weekend.
There were 1,553 for this past Friday's UH-UC San Diego match that was televised, but only 1,311 for yesterday's non-televised rematch. Friday's match started at 7 p.m., and yesterday's match began at 5 p.m. Plus, yesterday's match went opposite the second half of the Pro Bowl.
Even to compare the Friday matches would be inconclusive because Long Beach State entered ranked No. 4 and UC San Diego is winless this season.
Stay tuned. Or not.