Hawaii athletics: NCAA cancels spring sports championships; reactions from UH coaches, players; some tickets to be refunded

The NCAA shut down all spring sports championships. / Graphic courtesy NCAA

UPDATE: The NCAA officially canceled all spring sports championships, which appears to effectively end all seasonal University of Hawaii sports.

Most notably for UH, the Hawaii men’s volleyball team will be unable to try for a title a year after reaching the NCAA championship game. UH also had top-five-ranked teams in beach volleyball and women’s water polo.

UH athletics issued a statement for ticket holders that “further information will be forthcoming.”

UPDATE: UH said in a release, “All season ticket holders for baseball and men’s volleyball will receive a prorated refund for all impacted games at the end of the season. The UH Ticket Office will contact you with further information.” Also, single-game tickets purchased in the month of March may be refunded.

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Here’s a collection of social media updates of reactions from UH coaches and players.

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i didn’t expect my senior season to end this way…i had more left to give. i’m heartbroken.. i know people say everything happens for a reason but i know for everyone who’s time is done it’s tough right now. I want to say thank you to all the fans of Hawaii, my teammates (i love y’all from the bottom of my heart), and my coaches who have helped me through so much. i’m sad, i’m hurt, but so so so thankful for all the friendships i’ve made and all the people who have been brought into my life because of this beautiful game. i’ll miss wearing Hawaii across my chest and reppin’ a whole state. It’s bigger than basketball.

A post shared by Julissa Tago (@jaytago66) on

EARLIER:

Effective immediately, the Big West has suspended all spring competition in and out of conference play for its member schools, including Hawaii, because of the coronavirus threat.

That has brought to a halt to seasons for the Hawaii volleyball team, men’s and women’s basketball teams, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s water polo, beach volleyball, softball and baseball teams.

It is unclear when they might resume, if at all, this season.

The immediate future of competition is put in question with the Big West’s decision to suspend all spring sports./ Big West courtesy graphic

The Big West sent out the following statement at 8:37 a.m. HST:

“IRVINE, CA – The Big West Conference announced today that it is indefinitely suspending all spring conference and non-conference competition, effective immediately.


The main priority of the Big West Conference continues to be the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, fans and media as we continue to monitor all developing and relevant information on the COVID-19 virus.”

About an hour and a half before that release, the Big West announced the cancellations of just the Big west basketball tournaments. The Hawaii women’s basketball team had beaten Cal State Fullerton 72-59 the night before to reach Friday’s semifinals. The UH men were set to play UC Davis in the first round Thursday night.

COMMENTS

  1. H-Man March 12, 2020 12:44 pm

    I think Julissa Tago’s message says it all. Aloha to all the seniors everywhere, but especially to those who wore the “H.”


  2. Matt March 12, 2020 2:48 pm

    At this point, now I’m more worried with how the football team approaches for off-season training. I’m sure they’re probably going to have to find a different time to do their workouts close to the fall season possibly.

    If the coronavirus situation doesn’t clear up before May, the fanbase will be groaning for all eternity. It’s even hard to anybody to wanting to do anything while waiting a long way for football and women’s volleyball seasons to start.


  3. Joe bro March 12, 2020 5:19 pm

    Sad for all the seniors! They should be allowed another year or half year of eligibility. Next years mens team has potential..watched highlight videos of recruit Biwali Bayles..looks promising! Hopefully Junior Madut can make an instant impact


  4. cappie the $2000 dog March 12, 2020 8:13 pm

    Thank you, Samantha Reier. Classy move on your part, thanking the boosters. The women’s basketball program has a small, but loyal cult following. We’ll miss you. Take care.


  5. cappie the $2000 dog March 12, 2020 8:15 pm

    Savannah. Sorry.

    This site needs a cancel button.


  6. H-Man March 17, 2020 4:03 am

    Let’s have spring football practice.


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