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Rainbow Warriors basketball: Critical juncture

By Brian McInnis on March 21, 2019

Kick back, relax and take in one of the best sports days of the year today. Heck, do it again tomorrow, and through the rest of March as the madness unfolds. When you do, consider this: It’s already been three years since the Hawaii men’s basketball team enjoyed its finest hour on the national stage, upsetting No. 4 seed California in the NCAA Tournament first round in Spokane, Wash. Roderick Bobbitt, Stefan Jankovic and Aaron Valdes, and a host of […]

Former QB joins UH staff as intern

By Stephen Tsai on March 20, 2019

Kolney Cassel, a backup quarterback for UH last season, will serve as an intern for the Warriors. It should be an easy transition for Cassel, who spent every day in the quarterback room in meetings, video reviews and exchanging ideas. Even before his stint as a graduate transfer, Cassel had deep knowledge of the Warriors’ run-and-shoot offense. He began his NCAA career as a quarterback at SMU under June Jones. Cassel has proven to be a helpful teammate. Prior to […]

Ursua, Tavai impress scouts at pro day

By Stephen Tsai on March 19, 2019

Former Warriors John Ursua and Jahlani Tavai were impressive during today’s UH pro day on the UCLA campus. Despite still being bothered by hamstring ailment, Ursua, a receiver, was credited with running 40 yards in 4.58 seconds. He had a 10-foot broad jump, and completed the short shuttle in 6.78 seconds. Tavai, a linebacker, did not participate in the measurement events because of the short preparation time following last year’s shoulder surgery. But Tavai did well in field drills, according […]

Parapunov wins second national POW

By Cindy Luis on March 19, 2019

Congrats to Rado Parapunov, the AVCA national player of the week. It’s the first time a Warrior has won it multiple times in a season since Costas Theocharidis in 2001. From the AVCA: Parapunov had another dominant week in helping lead the Rainbow Warriors to a pair of sweeps over the Matadors…Smashed 12 then 17 terminations to lead the team in kills in both matches…Recorded an astounding .733 then .520 hitting percentage clips to continue his national lead in hitting […]

Rainbow Wahine basketball headed to Saint Mary’s in WNIT

By Brian McInnis on March 18, 2019

For its second straight WNIT appearance and for the third time in 10 overall showings in the event, the Hawaii women’s basketball team has been dispatched to Moraga, Calif., to face Saint Mary’s in the opening round. UH (15-16) and the Gaels of the West Coast Conference (20-11) will meet on Friday at a time to be announced. The winner of that game will face Cal Baptist or Pepperdine in the second round. BREAKING: 2019 Postseason #WNIT first-round matchups released! […]

SandBows 4, Nebraska ; Loker-Huddleston earn weekly honor

By Cindy Luis on March 18, 2019

Hawaii 4, Nebraska 1 Loss comes at 1 1. Nicklin Hames-Lauren Stirvins (N) def. Ari Homayun-Julia Scoles (H), 21-18, 14-21, 15-13 ,Win at 2. 2. Emily Maglio-Amy Ozee (H) def. Jazz Sweet-Kenzie Knuckles (N), 21-15, 21-16 Hawaii wins at 3 and 4 3. Morgan Martin-Pani Napoleon (H) def. Mari Kurkova-Madi Kubik (N), 21-6, 21-10 4. Kylin Loker-Hi’ilawe Huddleston (H) def. Anezka Szabo-Hayley Densberger (N), 21-10, 21-9 ++++++ Freshman Kylin Loker and senior Hi’ilawe Huddleston were named the Big West Pairs […]

Va‘a Niumatalolo will help coach O-line

By Stephen Tsai on March 18, 2019

Va‘a Niumatalolo will serve as graduate assistant this football season, head coach Nick Rolovich confirmed today. Niumatalolo worked as an offensive intern this past year. In his new role, Niumatalolo will work with the offensive linemen. Niumatalolo replaces Jake Thomas, who recently accepted the O-line coach’s job at Azusa Pacific. Niumatalolo’s father is Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo, a former UH quarterback and coach.

Rainbow Warriors No. 1 in RPI; Parapunov POW; 2 first-place votes in poll

By Cindy Luis on March 18, 2019

The Rainbow Warrior volleyball team was slotted at No.1 in the first NCAA RPI report of the season. Behind the Rainbow Warriors (17-0) are Long Beach State (19-0), Pepperdine (15-6), UC Santa Barbara (15-5) and UCLA (16-6). Not that it means a lot in the RPI. Charlie Wade called it ‘fool’s gold.’ CORRECTING They were No. 1 in Strength of Schedule, No. 4 RPI on Selection Sunday last year. Complete rankings here. —————— From the Big West: Rado Parapunov nabbed […]