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The answers to the Hawaii volleyball team’s postseason chances might be found in the Pyramid.

The Warriors were scheduled to arrive in California last night in preparation for key Mountain Pacific Sports Federation matches against Long Beach State tomorrow and Saturday in the interestingly shaped arena named the Walter Pyramid.

With UH on spring break next week, the Warriors will remain on the road for matches against Brigham Young, March 24 and 25.

"This trip will define us," UH middle blocker Jarrod Lofy said. "I know it will define us for the better. I have no question about it. We want to go on the road, get a few wins, and come back."

The 10th-ranked Warriors have won four in a row, all at home, to move into fifth place in the MPSF with an 8-6 record. Each member plays 22 MPSF matches, with the top eight teams qualifying for the league’s tournament.

No. 2 BYU is third at 9-5 and No. 5 Long Beach State is fourth at 8-5.

"We’ve worked to get ourselves back to being kind of relevant in the league standings," UH coach Charlie Wade said. "We’re sitting at (No.) 5, and going to play (Nos.) 4 and 3. If you want to move up, you’ve got to beat them. If you don’t beat them, you’re not that good."

The Warriors might receive a boost with the possible availability of middle blocker Brennon Dyer, who missed the past four matches with a sprained right ankle. Dyer’s right foot is no longer in a medical boot, and he is traveling with the team.

Dyer is an aggressive server and a quick-set threat. His hitting accuracy of .445 would rank third among MPSF players if he had more attempts.

Shane Welch, a 6-foot-10 freshman, has played well in Dyer’s absence, averaging 1.06 blocks per set.

In Saturday’s three-set sweep of Pacific, the Warriors had 18 blocks.

"In general, the whole team is clicking," Lofy said.

Lofy was raised in Long Beach, and has looked forward to playing in front of childhood friends and family members.

Still, he said, "at the end of the day, it’s a business trip, and every (match) is the (match) you have to win. It doesn’t matter where I’m playing."

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