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.
— NCAA (@NCAA) March 12, 2020
UH athletics issued a statement for ticket holders that “further information will be forthcoming.”
All UH athletic events are suspended effective immediately. pic.twitter.com/e4XjGlMqRf
— Hawaii Athletics (@HawaiiAthletics) March 12, 2020
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.
Here’s a collection of social media updates of reactions from UH coaches and players.
"All of our hearts were breaking for all of our seniors. Those kids were almost inconsolable knowing that this is the way their career is going to end."
— Ren Clayton (@Ren_Clayton) March 12, 2020
— Drew Buggs (@stonecolddrew) March 12, 2020
Hurting for our team @HawaiiMBB After 22 years of college coaching, could never have imagined a season ending like this. Mahalo to our TEAM & 2 amazing SR’s, Eddie Stansberry & Zigmars Raimo. True #WARRIORS. Not the way it was supposed to end! 🙏🏼for all who have been affected.
— Chris Gerlufsen (@CoachCeeGee) March 12, 2020
Mahalo to Trevor and Nick for your 4 years of dedication to our program. Sorry it had to end this way. I feel for all the seniors out there who didn't get to end there careers the way they wanted. #caronasucks #gobows pic.twitter.com/EMQEbvrDSk
— Ronn Miyashiro (@UofHawaiiGolf) March 12, 2020
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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.
Wow. Today has an eerie feeling. I can only describe it similar to the days before, during and shortly after a major hurricane like Ike, Harvey that we went through in Houston. Real turmoil going on in our world. 🙏🏼
— Scotty Scott 🦅🤷🏼♂️ (@scottyscott_1) March 12, 2020
Video interview: Eran Ganot shares thoughts on the Big West cancellations | Hawaii Basketball https://t.co/Bje6ONuAxx
— Warrior Insider (@WarriorInsider) March 12, 2020
— Stephen Tsai (@StephenTsai) March 12, 2020
Mahalo for all the support this season. pic.twitter.com/cIG0ORUTM8
— Eran Ganot (@EranGanot) March 13, 2020
Heartbroken to say the least. Never thought my collegiate basketball career would end like this, but thankful for all this game has brought me. Thank you for all the love throughout my journey. I’ll leave it at this, “Fear does not stop death, it stops life.” #wahineforever 💓 https://t.co/Zrc5En516N
— Savannah Reier (@ReierSavannah) March 12, 2020
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 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.