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Hawaii athletics: Ups and downs of a busy Saturday

By Brian McInnis on February 23, 2020

A lot happened in the realm of University of Hawaii athletics on Saturday, the 22nd of February. Some of it was excellent, some so-so, and some UH fans would probably sooner forget. Just about every spring sport was in action in form or fashion, with the notable exception being the No. 1 UH men’s volleyball team, which had a bye week. UH tennis also did not play Saturday. The singular greatest achievements were had by the men’s and women’s swimming […]

Rainbow Forecast: Washington State to test Hawaii baseball; women’s basketball has first-place showdown; SandBows begin

By Brian McInnis on February 17, 2020

With the exception of the top-ranked Hawaii men’s volleyball team, just about every other spring sport is in action this week. That includes beach volleyball, which opens its 2020 season in the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Beach Classic at Queen’s Beach. The SandBows begin at No. 5. Scout the smorgasbord below and pick your spots, because there’s an absolute ton going on — though much of it takes place on the mainland for sports like water polo, swimming and women’s tennis. The […]

Rainbow Forecast: Hawaii basketball teams hold down the fort; water polo and tennis teams go forth

By Brian McInnis on January 27, 2020

The basketball world — heck, the world in general — was shaken by the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant on Sunday. That morning’s helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., took the life of Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others. Locally, the mood changed quickly from the previous night’s wins for the UH basketball teams — at UC Riverside for the women and at home, and a men’s thriller over UC Davis in the program’s 100th season celebration game. UH paid […]

Hawaii water polo: Rainbow Wahine roll Loyola Marymount in 2020 opener

By Jonathan Chen on January 18, 2020

The Hawaii water polo team’s Big West Conference title defense got off to a smooth start Saturday morning at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex in taking down No. 12 Loyola Marymount 21-5 in the 2020 season opener. “We’ve been practicing a really long time against ourselves, so it was really fun to play at home for our opening game and get off to a good start,” head coach Maureen Cole said of the season-opening win. The loss of three leading […]

Hawaii water polo: Rainbow Wahine open season ranked No. 6

By Brian McInnis on January 15, 2020

The Hawaii water polo team opens the 2020 season this weekend with a No. 6 ranking in the country. However, based on the CWPA poll released Wednesday, someone else — No. 5 UC Irvine — is narrowly favored to win the Big West this year. Defending BWC champion Hawaii, which made its first NCAA tournament appearance since 2015 last spring, opens the season with the four-team Rainbow Invite this weekend. It starts with No. 12 Loyola Marymount at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic […]

Rainbow Forecast: Warrior volleyball hits the road; 2 basketball doubleheaders; Wahine tennis and water polo begin

By Brian McInnis on January 13, 2020

The top-ranked Hawaii men’s volleyball team certainly looked legitimate at home playing against unranked competition. How will the Rainbow Warriors fare on the road against some ranked foes? That’s one of the big questions in UH athletics this week — UH plays four straight on the mainland, starting with two this weekend — but there’s also a pair of basketball doubleheaders at the Stan Sheriff Center (Thursday and Saturday) to occupy your time. The Rainbow Warriors and Wahine hoops squads are […]

University of Hawaii athletics: Top 12 moments of 2019

By Brian McInnis on December 31, 2019

The calendar year 2019 was an eventful one for many University of Hawaii sports. There were conference championships in play for several and some notable NCAA tournament runs. Without further ado, here are 12 of the biggest moments spanning UH sports in 2019, the final year of this decade. The order of some of the below events and moments is subjective, of course, and you might have one or two in mind that is not here. Feel free to add […]

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, […]