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Hawaii volleyball: Kaniho new Wahine volunteer; Costello to Irvine Valley College; former Warrior Ribarich passes

By Cindy Luis on August 21, 2019

Kamehameha graduate Puna Kaniho is the new volunteer assistant coach for the Rainbow Wahine. He’s been at practice in an unofficial capacity so waited until UH made its announcement. Kaniho returns home after playing volleyball and earning two degrees from Grand Canyon. Kaniho received his Bachelor of Science in sports management in 2016 and then earned his Master’s in Business Administration in sports business in 2018. He finished his four-year career with the Lopes ranked fourth all-time with 1,249 assists. […]

Hawaii women’s volleyball: Back-row players Hanawahine, Okino, Gong dig in

By Brian McInnis on August 19, 2019

The competition has been equal parts fierce and friendly. A three-way battle to determine the successor to Tita Akiu as the next Hawaii women’s volleyball libero is underway at every Rainbow Wahine preseason practice. The candidates: fourth-year junior Rika Okino, junior Kyra Hanawahine and third-year sophomore Janelle Gong. The team temporarily got away from the daily grind over the weekend with a West-side camping trip, wrote Cindy Luis in Monday’s print edition of the Star-Advertiser. But they were right back […]

Hawaii women’s volleyball: Wahine picked No. 2 in Big West poll

By Cindy Luis on August 14, 2019

Hawaii was picked No. 2 behind Cal Poly in the Big West women’s volleyball coaches preseason poll released today. The two-time defending conference champion Mustangs received five first-place votes with the Rainbow Wahine receiving the remaining four votes. It is the second straight year that the votes were divided as such. 1. Cal Poly (5) – 77 2. Hawai’i (4) – 76 3. UC Santa Barbara – 59 4. UC Irvine – 52 5. Long Beach State – 46 6. […]

Hawaii women’s volleyball: Skyler Williams serves up a dangerous ball

By Cindy Luis on August 13, 2019

Thinking outside the box means thinking inside the service box for Skyler Williams. The junior middle for the Hawaii women’s volleyball team is determined to become more proficient at serving, a skill she rarely used in high school and one used sparingly as a Rainbow Wahine (no serve attempts as a freshman, 49 as a sophomore with three aces and 16 errors). “I’m feeling way more confident about my serve,” Williams said after Monday’s practice in Gym I. “All our […]

Hawaii women’s volleyball: Wahine receive votes in AVCA Top 25

By Cindy Luis on August 13, 2019

The AVCA released the preseason NCAA women’s volleyball Top 25 poll today. Hawaii received 13 points, worth an unofficial rank of 32nd along with Northern Iowa. Stanford was near unanimous at No. 1 with 62 first-place votes. Nebraska had one first-place vote as well as No. 8 Penn State. Ranked teams on the Wahine schedule are: 13. Washington; 20. Baylor; 21. San Diego; 23. Cal Poly Missouri was just out of the Top 25 at 26, while UCLA received 7 […]

VIDEO: Hawaii women’s volleyball team begins practices for 2019 season

By Warrior World on August 11, 2019

Gym I gleamed and the Hawaii volleyball team glowed on Day 1 of 2019 full practices Saturday. It probably won’t all be quite that smooth leading into the Aug. 30 season opener against San Diego, but it seemed to be an encouraging start for a program that went one-and-done in the NCAA tournament the last two years. >> WAHINE VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE PHOTO GALLERY Here’s video of Day 1, featuring interviews with players Jolie Rasmussen, McKenna Ross, Amber Igiedi and Brooke […]

Hawaii women’s volleyball: Transfer players spice up first practice

By Brian McInnis on August 10, 2019

It was no typical Day 1 in Gym 1 at Hawaii women’s volleyball practice. And it wasn’t simply the pristine environs of the renovated facility. Saturday morning was crisper than the norm, the consensus seemed to be, despite the fact that there were faces aplenty to learn and three-plus hours to dissect. >> WAHINE VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE PHOTO GALLERY Helping raise the level of play among nine newcomers were four Division I transfer players who arrived in the offseason — Bailey Choy […]