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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) […]

Hawaii women’s tennis: Remembering the late, great Joy Minaai

By Dave Reardon on June 16, 2019

Celebration of Life services for Joy Minaai, who starred in tennis at the University of Hawaii and in 1983 won the Bonham Award for all-around excellence as a student-athlete and sportsmanship and community service, are set for July 6 at New Hope Chapel at Sand Island. Minaai, 57, passed away peacefully at her Makiki home recently after a long illness. Minaai, who was 5 feet 3, did not hit the ball hard, but for most of her Rainbow Wahine career […]

Hawaii tennis, water polo players receive All-America honors

By Brian McInnis on June 1, 2019

The Hawaii women’s tennis and water polo programs received some heady individual recognition over the last few days. Water polo players Irene Gonzalez and Elyse Lemay-Lavoie were named All-Americans, as was UH tennis star Petra Melounova. Gonzalez, a first-teamer, and Lemay-Lavoie, a second-teamer, helped the Rainbow Wahine to the Big West championship and the program’s first NCAA tournament appearance since 2015. For Gonzalez, a two-time Big West player of the year and a senior who scored 60 goals this season, […]

Hawaii tennis: Petra Melounova bows out in round of 16

By Brian McInnis on May 22, 2019

Fortunes turned on a dime for Petra Melounova. One second, she was leading Texas Tech’s Felicity Maltby 5-1 in the first set Wednesday. The next, she’d dropped the set and was on her way to a stunningly abrupt exit from the NCAA tournament, 7-5, 6-0 in the round of 16. It didn’t take away from what she’d already accomplished at the USTA Campus in Orlando, Fla. — the deepest run in the NCAAs in program history. “I’m really happy I got […]