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University of Hawaiʻi wins 2nd straight NCAA men's volleyball title

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Hawaiʻi players celebrate after defeating Long Beach State to win the NCAA men's college volleyball championship Saturday, May 7, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The University of Hawaiʻi men's volleyball team won its second straight NCAA championship over the weekend in Los Angeles.

Hawaiʻi swept Long Beach State 25-22, 25-21, 25-20 on Saturday night. Sophomore Spyros Chakas had 14 kills and 16 1/2 points.

Hawaiʻi, which also swept BYU last year in the final, hit at least .400 in each set.

Players returned to a cheering crowd at the Stan Sheriff Center on Sunday.

President Barack Obama also congratulated the team on Twitter, saying, "I’m a Hawai’i kid, so I’ve got to congratulate the Rainbow Warriors for their back-to-back national volleyball championships! @HawaiiMensVB, you've made all of Hawai'i proud."

In response, the team invited him to any match next season "inside the best volleyball atmosphere in the country."

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