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Hawaii-USC water polo worth price of admission

By Brian McInnis on March 17, 2019

The admission was free, as is policy for Hawaii water polo matches at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatics Complex. But the match Saturday between the Rainbow Wahine and No. 1 USC was notable for a couple of reasons. Reasons enough that you probably could’ve gotten people to pay to get in, had you been so inclined. Of course, that’s a tongue-in-cheek statement, given what happened earlier this week. But, in all seriousness, there were some genuinely compelling things in play here. […]

Court Sense: Lower campus live blog March 16

By Brian McInnis on March 16, 2019

In terms of variety and quantity, it’s the day of days for Hawaii sports on the Manoa lower campus. Softball against Niagara and No. 4 Alabama. Baseball against Cal State Bakersfield. Water polo against the top-ranked team in the country, USC, that made some headlines lately (you might’ve heard about it). Men’s volleyball against Cal State Northridge. And beach volleyball just off campus at Queen’s Beach. And over in Southern California, the UH women’s basketball team playing UC Davis in […]

Yet another busy week, just add water (polo)

By Jason Kaneshiro on March 12, 2019

And you thought last week was busy around UH’s lower campus. While the UH basketball teams begin their runs in the Big West tournament in California (the men on Thursday and the women on Friday), the on-campus schedule remains packed, including visits by the No. 1 ranked water polo team and the lone undefeated team remaining in Division I softball. The fifth-ranked Rainbow Wahine water polo team (12-3) returns to the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex for its first home match […]

Rainbow Wahine water polo moves ahead with USC match

By Brian McInnis on March 12, 2019

The massive college admissions bribery scheme that shook the nation on Tuesday was not limited to the continental United States. Tuesday morning, Jovan Vavic, the legendary coach of USC water polo, was arrested by the FBI in Waikiki and charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering as part of the widespread case dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues.” He was one of several coaches, and about 50 people total arrested nationwide. If you haven’t heard by now, USC, the top-ranked and undefeated (19-0) […]

UH tops No. 5 ASU, remains unbeaten

By Brian McInnis on January 26, 2019

The Hawaii water polo team dropped in the national rankings slightly this week, from a tie for sixth to No. 7. But the Rainbow Wahine figure to move up after defeating No. 5 Arizona State 10-7 at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex on Saturday. Senior attacker Irene Gonzalez scored four times and UH (4-0), off to its best start to a season since 2010, takes its unblemished record into a matchup at No. 3 UCLA on Friday. “I guess this […]

Water polo opens with a splash

By Brian McInnis on January 19, 2019

That’s how you start as the No. 6 team in the country. The Hawaii water polo team opened the 2019 season in fine fashion by dispatching No. 22 Marist 17-3 on Saturday afternoon at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex. UH did that despite working in several freshmen and playing without its No. 2 player, Elyse Lemay-Lavoie, who just left for Brazil for competition with the Canadian national team. Senior Irene Gonzalez of Spain picked up where she left off from […]

Water polo loads up

By Brian McInnis on January 16, 2019

Hawaii has been ranked in the CWPA national preseason poll every year since 2009 — and 2019 was no different. Maureen Cole’s Rainbow Wahine, who checked in in a tie for sixth in the poll announced Wednesday, will have no shortage of opportunities to maintain or better their position through their 21-game schedule. UH opens against No. 22 Marist at noon on Saturday at Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex, then Sonoma State at 6 p.m. that night. It’s the second straight […]

Wahine water polo focused on Big West tournament

By Jason Kaneshiro on April 15, 2018

A weekend sweep represented a milestone in a larger journey for the University of Hawaii water polo team. The fifth-ranked Rainbow Wahine captured the program’s first outright Big West regular-season championship with Sunday’s 12-6 win at Cal State Northridge while also becoming the first UH team to go undefeated in conference play. The Wahine (20-4, 5-0 BWC) had clinched the top seed in the Big West tournament with an 11-4 win at UC Santa Barbara on Saturday and the win […]