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Rainbow Forecast: Conference championships on the line for Hawaii football, volleyball

By Brian McInnis on November 18, 2019

It’s a big week in this edition of the Forecast — championships are on the line for the Hawaii football and women’s volleyball teams. The Rainbow Warriors, coming off an important 21-7 win at UNLV, will play their biggest home game in years on Saturday at Aloha Stadium against San Diego State. Should UH find a way to top SDSU, it will win the Mountain West West Division and earn a spot in the MWC title game for the first time. […]

Rainbow Forecast: Huge week for Hawaii football, volleyball, soccer; basketball teams host exhibitions

By Brian McInnis on October 28, 2019

As fate would have it, this week aligned for Hawaii’s three primary fall sports in one sense — all three face pivotal conference matchups that have championship implications. Football, coming off its 45-31 win at New Mexico — the first time UH won in Albuquerque since 1987 — hits the crucial portion of its schedule starting this week with the first of four Mountain West West Division opponents, rival Fresno State. If UH (5-3, 2-2 MWC) manages to win out in those […]

Rainbow Forecast: Hawaii football hosts Air Force, volleyball 2 at home, soccer hits road

By Brian McInnis on October 14, 2019

In this week’s edition of the Forecast, conference races have heated up for the three primary Hawaii sports in action. UH football is licking its wounds from a 59-37 beating at No. 14 Boise State, and has to turn right around and play a very good Air Force team that spanked Fresno State on Saturday. The Rainbow Warriors are still in great shape in the Mountain West’s West Division, though, if they can pull off a win this weekend against […]

Rainbow Forecast: Hawaii football’s showdown in Boise, volleyball’s at Central Cali Coast

By Brian McInnis on October 7, 2019

It’s a pivotal week in conference play for both the Hawaii football and women’s volleyball teams. The Rainbow Warriors, well rested coming off a bye week and still feeling good following the 54-3 beatdown of Nevada in Reno, head up to Boise to take on the No. 14 Broncos on The Blue, a place they’ve never won. The No. 19 Rainbow Wahine? All they have to do is head up the Central California Coast for matchups on consecutive days with […]

Rainbow Forecast: Hawaii football off, volleyball and soccer home for Big West

By Brian McInnis on September 30, 2019

Its duties accomplished for the moment, the Hawaii football team exits stage left to make way for the Rainbow Wahine volleyball and soccer squads in this week’s Rainbow Forecast. The Rainbow Warriors (4-1, 1-0 Mountain West) and newly minted Big West Offensive Player of the Week Cole McDonald get a well-deserved break this week coming off their emphatic 54-3 win over Nevada in Reno — and ensuing travel difficulties getting home. The bye could serve the Warriors well heading into […]

Hawaii women’s tennis: Melounova breaks ground at ITA tournament

By Brian McInnis on September 26, 2019

Hawaii tennis star Petra Melounova is again going where other Rainbow Wahine have not. Melounova, an All-American and the three-time Big West player of the year, opens her senior season at the Oracle ITA Masters tournament that is underway at Pepperdine in Malibu, Calif. She is the first Wahine player to go to the fifth-year tourney. It’s a special early-season invitational for returning conference players of the year, plus other highly ranked players. Melounova was recently awarded a ranking of […]

Rainbow Forecast: Hawaii football faces Central Arkansas on homecoming, volleyball heads to Waco, soccer returns to Waipio

By Brian McInnis on September 16, 2019

Hawaii’s three primary fall sports teams are on the move this week. UH football returns home following its lopsided defeat at then-No. 23 Washington, which knocked the Rainbow Warriors from the ranks of the college football unbeatens. Fresh off its sweep of rival UCLA and a shiny new No. 13 ranking, the unbeaten Rainbow Wahine volleyball team heads to Waco, Texas, for the Baylor Invitational and their toughest test of the season. And the UH soccer team is heading back […]

Hawaii men’s tennis: John Nelson retires after 16 years as UH coach

By Brian McInnis on August 15, 2019

Sixteen-year Hawaii men’s tennis coach John Nelson has retired, UH announced on Thursday. Nelson led UH to WAC tournament titles in back-to-back-to-back years (2008, ’09, ’10), and the 2014 Big West regular-season title. In terms of program ranking, UH topped out under Nelson at No. 35 in the ITA poll in the 2010 season. UH also beat Oklahoma State in the NCAA team tournament first round. Two players earned conference player of the year honors under Nelson: Dennis Lajola (2011) […]