The Rainbow Wahine volleyball team left for a long road trip Thursday night. This Saturday is a special match for one of Hawaii's players.
The Rainbow Wahine are off to Ruston, Louisiana to take on new WAC member Louisiana Tech on Saturday. For UH outside hitter Kim Willoughby it'll be a homecoming for the ex-Louisiana prep star.
Kim Willoughby grew up playing volleyball about a six hour drive from the Louisiana Tech campus. So she's expecting a lot of family and friends to show up for this Saturday's match.
"I talked to my coach and she just started naming some people and she's just like, 'well off the top on my head there's 20 people going because we're all in the same van.'" said Willoughby.
But the most important person of all making the trip, her mother. Lula Mae Willoughby will see her daughter play for the first time since Kim's sophomore year of high school.
"She was in a car accident my junior year and she was in a wheel chair and she kind of wasn't comfortable seeing me in that way and she knows that it hurts me a lot to see her in that manner."
Two years of rehab got Willoughby's mother back on her feet and she's now ready to watch her daughter in action.
"She's going to walk into the gym and that's something that she's always wanted to do."
Willoughby says she'll be a little emotional when she sees her mother in the gym, out of the wheel chair.
"I'm almost positive that I'm going to walk off the court and hide away for a second and just want to hug her for the rest of the night."
The National Player of the Week doesn't expect to be her dominating self for this match.
"Probably going to be crying during warm ups because I'll be so nervous and play the worst game of my life."
Kim Willoughby returns home at less than a hundred percent. Kim is battling a cold.