Hawaii women’s volleyball: 2019 Rainbow Wahine schedule announced, season tickets on sale

Robyn Ah Mow's Rainbow Wahine were named to the AVCA All-Academic list along with Charlie Wade's Rainbow Warriors. / 2018 photo by Darryl Oumi, Special to the Star-Advertiser

The Hawaii women’s volleyball team was waiting on one contract, which was returned this morning by St. John’s, for its 2019 schedule.

The schedule (in full below) has been updated to reflect that the Red Storm are in the opening tournament.

UCLA, Washington and San Diego headline three of the nonconference volleyball tournaments this season, Hawaii announced today.

The Rainbow Wahine open the Hawaiian Airlines Classic on Aug. 30 with San Diego. Also in the field is Washington and St. John’s.

The Sept. 5-6 Rainbow Wahine Invitational has Sacramento State, Denver and Army, while the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Challenge, Sept. 12-14, has UCLA, West Virginia and Utah Valley entered.

Hawaii also will travel to the Baylor Tournament, Sept. 21-22, and play Missouri and the host Bears. The Wahine open the Big West season on the road at Long Beach State Sept. 27 and Cal State Northridge Sept. 28.


Season tickets are available for purchase online, at the Stan Sheriff Center Box Office (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.) or by calling 944-BOWS (2697) during the same hours.
Ticket prices remain the same from 2018
Lower level: Sections A,B,C,FF,GG,HH – $315*
Lower level: Sections AA,BB,CC,D,DD,E,EE,JJ – $295*
Upper level: Sections A-J, AA, BB, HH-SS, Q
Adult – $150
Senior citizen (65 and over) – $125
Student (ages 4-high school) – $90
Upper Level: K-P, CC-GG
Adult – $135
Senior citizen (65 and over) – $110
Student (Ages 4 – High School) – $75
* = Price includes applicable Seat Premiums RECORD: 9-0, 0-0 Big West

8/30/2019San DiegoStan Sheriff CenterW, 3-2
8/31/2019St. John'sStan Sheriff CenterW, 3-2
9/1/2019WashingtonStan Sheriff CenterW, 3-1
9/5/2019ArmyStan Sheriff CenterW, 3-1
9/6/2019Sacramento StateStan Sheriff CenterW, 3-0
9/8/2019DenverStan Sheriff CenterW, 3-1
9/12/2019West VirginiaStan Sheriff CenterW, 3-1
9/13/2019Utah ValleyStan Sheriff CenterW, 3-1
9/14/2019UCLAStan Sheriff CenterW, 3-0
9/21/2019vs. MissouriWaco, Texas8 a.m.
9/22/2019at BaylorWaco, Texas9 a.m.
9/27/2019at Long Beach State*Long Beach, Calif.TBD
9/28/2019at Cal State Northridge*Northridge, Calif.TBD
10/4/2019UC Irvine*Stan Sheriff Center7 p.m.
10/5/2019Cal State Fullerton*Stan Sheriff Center7 p.m.
10/11/2019at Cal Poly*San Luis Obispo, Calif.TBD
10/12/2019at UC Santa Barbara*Santa Barbara, Calif.TBD
10/18/2019UC Riverside*Stan Sheriff Center7 p.m.
10/20/2019UC Davis*Stan Sheriff Center5 p.m.
10/25/2019at Cal State Fullerton*Fullerton, Calif.TBD
10/26/2019at UC Irvine*Irvine, Calif.TBD
11/1/2019UC Santa Barbara*Stan Sheriff Center7 p.m.
11/3/2019Cal Poly*Stan Sheriff Center5 p.m.
11/8/2019at UC Davis*Davis, Calif.5 p.m.
11/10/2019at UC Riverside*Riverside, Calif.Noon
11/21/2019Cal State Northridge*Stan Sheriff Center7 p.m.
11/22/2019Long Beach State*Stan Sheriff Center7 p.m.
*—Big West match
All times Hawaii time; schedule subject to change


  1. Warrior Lifer May 20, 2019 10:04 am

    Tough looking schedule. Looks like lots of competitive early season competition in the non-conference play. Excited for the new season, Go Bows!!!

  2. UH fan May 20, 2019 11:10 am

    20-7 maybe???

  3. rabbit ears May 20, 2019 1:49 pm

    Tough schedule + Great recruits + great teacher/coach = BW champion this year and final four the following year.

  4. Maverick May 20, 2019 6:23 pm

    I am glad to see UH is going on the road to play two good teams who went to the tournament last year. UH needs OOC road victories to improve its tournament resume, as road record and non-conference record are evaluative tools of the committee. 2013 was the last season that UH played on the road before the start of conference matches, beating three good teams (2 of which eventually played in the tournament). This is smart scheduling and I hope becomes the new normal, rather than playing a mediocre team twice during the fourth weekend (although Oregon was a pleasant exception last year).

  5. Cindy Luis May 20, 2019 6:57 pm

    4. they get who they can get. And when teams pull out at the last minute, they’ve scrambled to fill the schedule. even if it’s with a ‘mediocre’ team twice. That they had Coastal Carolina twice last year in the second week of the season was because of Pitt pulling out of a scheduled touranment.
    Lots of factors come into play with scheduling and some of the ‘powers’ are asking who else is in a tournament before they’ll commit because of the RPI stuff.

  6. Maverick May 20, 2019 7:30 pm

    Other thoughts on the schedule:
    1. Obvious no brainers are Washington, Missouri and Baylor. Good teams from conferences with good RPIs (Pac12, SEC, Big12). All three return most if not all their major weapons. All 3 won 20 matches last year. All good for RPI if they have the same success in 2019.
    2. Very smart to schedule Denver (avg. 25 wins/year over past 4 years); excellent RPI boost if they win 20+ again, although they have lost some key weapons–at least they play in a weak conference; Utah Valley won 20 matches last year and returns all of its major weapons, so odds are they will really help UH’s RPI. St. John’s won 23 last year and return most of its major weapons. Like Utah Valley, they could win another 20+ in 2019.
    3. Sac St. and Army had really good seasons in 2015-2017, but fared poorly in 2018. Hopefully each will bounce back in 2019.
    4. WVA, UCLA and San Diego are question marks. WVU had a poor season last year, but they return everyone, so perhaps they will have a winning recored in 2019. At least they bring a Big12 RPI boost. UCLA lost a lot from a sub .500 team. At least they bring the Pac12 RPI boost. San Diego won 18 matches but lost some key weapons. WCC RPI boost.
    5. No obvious bad teams scheduled. But we will see how well these teams perform.

  7. islandman May 20, 2019 7:46 pm

    In an article today, it was stated the Long Beach St. Sharks is on our schedule. However, LB athletic director Fee has clarified that the Shark is their new mascot and their teams will continue to be referred to as the Beach and the baseball team, the Dirtbags.

  8. Maverick May 20, 2019 8:09 pm

    5. “They get who they can get” does not address the point of my post, nor does the Coastal Carolina example apply (not fourth weekend matches and the Pittsburgh bailing was a scheduling aberration). UH has historically played all its pre-conference season games at home, with the recent exception of 2013, and given the criteria for awarding at-large bid and seeds, it makes sense for the team to travel for OOC matches. There is no fourth tournament in Hawaii, so UH has had to find a single team to play twice during that fourth weekend (remember 13-15 Bakersfield in 2015; twice!). Rather than play a mediocre team twice at home, UH should be aggressive about finding good OOC prospects to play on the mainland. UH has done that for 2019. My point is about a specific scheduling strategy to improve the team’s post-season prospects.

  9. darkfire35 May 20, 2019 8:40 pm

    3. Agreed. Although I am cautiously optimistic about the freshmen coming in. It’s one thing for Jolie to transfer as a Junior, it’s another thing coming in as a freshman into Div 1 volleyball. I hope they can hold their worth as lauded by their coaches and families. I can see winning BW this year, and making it to regionals. Next year should be finals. Too excited! GO BOWS!!!

  10. IgnacioSaid May 21, 2019 3:12 am

    Just , “very excited” about another season of Wahine Volleyball! Schedule looks alright , team has potential , so ready to “GO BOWS!” We’re all behind Coaches and Team!

  11. WaWa May 21, 2019 4:54 am

    If it’s in the budget, JoJo Persico is not turning down an invitation to come to Hawaii. She loves Hawaii. She’s consistently recruited the islands from as far back as Robyn Kurasaki (Maryknoll, ’00) and Roslyn Dang (Punahou, ’00). Lena Yee (Moanalua, ’05) and Patti Hardimon (Moanalua, ’03) helped guide the Red Storm to back-to-back Big East Conference Championships and NCAA tournament appearances. Yee, daughter of Debby Yee-Jammers VBC, went on to earn Honorable Mention All-America honors her senior year. Other players were Laurie Miyasato (St. Andrew’s Priory, ’05), Kayla Motoyama (Roosevelt, ’07), Ashley Asing (Moanalua, ’09), Nalani I (Mililani, ’09), Shawna Lei-Santos (Sacred Hearts Academy, ’12), Ariel Miyasaki (Mid-Pac, ’15), Sheena Yoshioka (Punahou, ’18).

    This tournament will be a treat for Yoshioka to come home and play in front of the home crowd.

  12. setaone May 21, 2019 9:20 am

    I think Robyn sees that not a lot of teams want to or are able to come to Hawaii, hence her scheduling the tourney at Baylor.

    As much as home tournaments make money for UH, the object of the Head coach is to put the team in the best position as possible to make the postseason.

  13. vballfreak808 May 21, 2019 1:05 pm

    As mentioned earlier, Bailey Choy graduated from Utah a year early. It is official that she is coming home to be a Rainbow Wahine! Welcome Bailey!

  14. iGrokSpock May 21, 2019 2:54 pm

    Well that solves the lack of depth at setter.

  15. Cindy Luis May 21, 2019 4:35 pm

    13. i have seen it on social media about Choy however nothing official from UH
    As we’ve discussed earlier when she was no longer on the Utah roster, that it was a likely scenario. especially given her Utah bio saying that Ah Mow was her favorite athlete

  16. kahuna May 21, 2019 5:10 pm

    Probably nothing will be official until she enroll in school. I think its too late to sign LOI or even make any kind of announcement since she is not bound to attend UH even if she have already sign some kind of scholarship agreement.

    She can say she will come but she can easily change her mind and decided not to come.

    I think we are just going to have to wait for for July when the team reports for summer session 2 or just take Bailey’s word.

  17. Rabbit ears May 21, 2019 7:40 pm

    Get your season tickets FAST!

  18. Bleachercoach May 21, 2019 9:48 pm

    Wow this should be a REAL exciting year for the women’s volleyball. Yes, get your tickets fast. We are already to lock and load!!

  19. HawaiiMongoose May 22, 2019 7:19 am

    Wow, great news about Bailey, hope she makes it to campus.

  20. H-man May 22, 2019 7:49 pm

    Yeah, Bailey Choy really stabilizes the setter position. The team looking the best since Nikki Taylor. I’m going to renew my season ticket.

  21. Cindy Luis May 22, 2019 8:35 pm

    16. she wouldn’t be signing NLI. it would be a scholarship agreement. if that is the case for her getting money.
    can’t imagine her not coming.
    It should make for a very competitive gym.

  22. darkfire35 May 22, 2019 11:03 pm

    Aloha Cindy, Mahalo for all you do for us! Do you know how many years of eligibility Bailey will have with UH?

  23. roygbivs May 23, 2019 1:11 am

    Let’s play more games?
    How come we only scheduled 27-gms a season, while other teams play 30+?

    Would that help with our RPI in case we don’t win the regular season?
    I would love to see more games added.

  24. setaone May 23, 2019 8:22 am

    Regarding # of games per season, the NCAA regulates the number of playing days. Often, other schools’ tournaments have multiple games per day.

  25. vballfan May 23, 2019 8:39 am

    22. Ditto on your question of how many years of eligibility Bailey Choy will have with the Wahine. Exciting!!

  26. Rabbit ears May 23, 2019 9:12 am

    Choy played 3 years at Utah. So that leaves one year.

  27. Kahuna May 23, 2019 10:10 am

    I think it more appropriate to say she has two years to play one. I don’t think she redshirted so if she wants to remain at UH for two years to get her master’s, she can redshirt this coming year and play in 2020-2021.

    She can play beach this coming season so she have the option of redshirting indoor and play beach. Then next year she can play indoor and beach.

  28. haka May 23, 2019 11:26 am

    Wouldn’t address our need for another setter this year if she redshirts though.

  29. Cindy Luis May 24, 2019 9:18 pm

    22. One
    26. thanks for getting to that.
    28. True.

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