Yet another busy week, just add water (polo)

Femke Aan, left, and the fifth-ranked Rainbow Wahine water polo team take on No. 1 USC on Saturday. Morgan Martin, right, and the UH beach volleyball team host the Heineken Hawaii Invitational this weekend. Star-Advertiser photos.

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 since Jan. 26 to face No. 1 USC on Saturday. Aside from pitting two top-five teams, the match gained considerable notoriety on Tuesday when former USC coach Jovan Vavic was arrested in Waikiki as part of a sweeping FBI probe into college admissions fraud. The Trojans (19-0) won their sixth national championship and second in three years last season but will stunningly be under new leadership this week.

The UH softball team (16-7) opens the Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic on Wednesday. The field includes No. 4 Alabama (25-0), the only team in Division I yet to suffer a loss. The Wahine and Crimson Tide meet Friday and Saturday.

The second-ranked UH men’s volleyball team is back in the Stan Sheriff Center for a second straight weekend for Big West matches with No. 12 Cal State Northridge on Friday and Saturday.

Baseball opens a four game series with Cal State Bakersfield on Thursday at Les Murakami Stadium.

The action extends to Waikiki with the Rainbow Wahine beach volleyball team hosting the two-day Heineken Hawaii Invitational at Queen’s Beach.

Here’s a day-by-day roundup of the week’s events:

WEDNESDAY
Softball
Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium
Back of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic
SIUE vs. Alabama, 1 p.m.
Niagara vs. SIUE, 3:30 p.m.
Niagara vs. Hawaii, 6 p.m.

Women’s Golf
At Kaneohe Klipper GC
Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, all day

THURSDAY
Softball
Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium
Back of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic
Alabama vs. Niagara, 1 p.m.
SIUE vs. Alabama, 3:30 p.m.
SIUE vs. Hawaii, 6 p.m.


Women’s Tennis
UH Tennis Complex
Indiana vs. Hawaii, 3 p.m.

Baseball
Les Murakami Stadium
CSU Bakersfield vs. Hawaii, 6:35 p.m.

FRIDAY
Softball
Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium
Back of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic
SIUE vs. Niagara, 1 p.m.
Niagara vs. Alabama, 3:30 p.m.
Alabama vs. Hawaii, 6 p.m.

Baseball
Les Murakami Stadium
CSU Bakersfield vs. Hawaii, 6:35 p.m.

Volleyball
Stan Sheriff Center
Cal State Northridge vs. Hawaii, 7 p.m.

SATURDAY

Beach Volleyball
Queen’s Beach
Heineken Hawaii Invitational
Nebraska vs. Boise State, 9 a.m.
Cal vs. Hawaii, 10:30 a.m.
Cal vs. Nebraska, noon
Boise State vs. Hawaii, 1:30 p.m.
Cal vs. Boise State, 3 p.m.
Nebraska vs. Hawaii, 4:30 p.m.

Softball
Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium
Back of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic
Niagara vs. Hawaii, noon
Alabama vs. Hawaii, 2 p.m.

Water Polo
Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex
USC vs. Hawaii, 6 p.m.

Baseball
Les Murakami Stadium
CSU Bakersfield vs. Hawaii, 6:35 p.m.


Volleyball
Stan Sheriff Center
Cal State Northridge vs. Hawaii, 7 p.m.

SUNDAY

Beach Volleyball
Queen’s Beach

Heineken Hawaii Invitational
Semifinals, 9 a.m., 10:30 p.m.
Third-place, noon
Finals, 1:30 p.m.

Baseball
Les Murakami Stadium
CSU Bakersfield vs. Hawaii, 1:05 p.m.

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