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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 water polo: Misfortune strikes UH; Cal downs Rainbow Wahine in NCAA quarterfinals

By Brian McInnis on May 10, 2019

UPDATE: Hawaii got off to a strong start and led California by two goals, and UH was tied with the Golden Bears at halftime, but the Pac-12 school dominated the second half to swim away with a 17-13 quarterfinal win over UH at Stanford on Friday afternoon. The fourth-seeded Golden Bears, who improved to 3-1 against Hawaii this season β€” 3-0 on the mainland β€” rattled off five straight goals spanning the third and fourth quarters once UH got within […]

Hawaii water polo: Rainbow Wahine draw Cal in NCAA tournament

By Brian McInnis on April 29, 2019

A cheer went up and the applause echoed in the water polo clubhouse at Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex. Hawaii learned Monday afternoon that it will face fourth-seeded California in the quarterfinals of the 10-team NCAA tournament on May 10 at Stanford. And that it was the Golden Bears, a team that fifth-ranked UH defeated during the regular season, was met with enthusiasm. Big West champion #HawaiiWWP reacts to the reveal that it will play No. 4 seed California (a team […]

Hawaii water polo: Rainbow Wahine redeem Big West championship weekend

By Brian McInnis on April 28, 2019

It was shaping up to be a tough weekend for University of Hawaii sports in Big West Conference championship events. The beach volleyball team lost twice to Cal Poly on Saturday, ending a three-year run in the sand as tournament champs (although it then received an NCAA at-large bid). The UH women’s tennis team positioned itself to repeat as the league champion in Indian Wells, Calif., Sunday morning, only to fall in heart-rending fashion to Long Beach State, 4-3, when […]

Hawaii water polo: Big West tournament inspiration

By Brian McInnis on April 23, 2019

Members of the Hawaii water polo team witnessed what it was like for a Manoa sport to win a Big West championship last weekend. The fifth-ranked Rainbow Wahine look to take the fond memories of UH men’s volleyball’s epic five-setter against Long Beach State and put their own twist on it in their sport’s Big West championships this weekend at Long Beach, Calif. Wahine senior Femke Aan was still a little hoarse from contributing her vocals to the rowdy sellout […]

Rainbow Wahine water polo: Looking to contend

By Brian McInnis on April 13, 2019

UPDATE: Hawaii defeated UC Santa Barbara 15-9 on senior night. UH sent its four seniors out with a home win and the Rainbow Wahine wrapped up the regular season at 16-5 overall and 4-1 in the Big West β€” clinching at least a share of the conference title. πŸ€™πŸ½πŸŒˆ Senior float to cap off a fun night! Mahalo to seniors Elyse, Femke, Carla, and Irene πŸ˜ƒ #HawaiiWWP | #GoBows pic.twitter.com/9TxPgllHVS — Wahine Water Polo (@WahineWP) April 14, 2019 β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€” Senior […]

UH water polo knocks off No. 4 Cal

By Jason Kaneshiro on March 30, 2019

Hawaii’s first two meetings with No. 4 California this season accounted for half of the Rainbow Wahine water polo team’s loss total. In the third matchup, No. 5 UH’s lowest goal total of 2019 proved enough to knock off the Golden Bears 6-5 on Friday at Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex. Six different players scored for the UH (14-4) with freshman Maxine Schaap lobbing in the game-winner with 1:19 left in the game. The Wahine held Cal (13-4) to its lowest […]

Hawaii-USC water polo worth price of admission

By Brian McInnis on March 17, 2019

The admission was free, as is policy for Hawaii water polo matches at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatics Complex. But the match Saturday between the Rainbow Wahine and No. 1 USC was notable for a couple of reasons. Reasons enough that you probably could’ve gotten people to pay to get in, had you been so inclined. Of course, that’s a tongue-in-cheek statement, given what happened earlier this week. But, in all seriousness, there were some genuinely compelling things in play here. […]