ON THIS DATE IN 2002: Rainbow Wahine punch ticket to New Orleans

Kim Willoughby (lt) Lily Kahumoku slayed opponents in 2002. Photo by Dennis Oda.

The Hawaii women’s volleyball program was insulted about being sent to Nebraska and took it out on the hosts.

On this date in 2002, Lily Kahumoku and Kim Willoughby had 25 kills each and the Rainbow Wahine beat the Cornhuskers 30-25, 25-30, 30-27, 30-21 to advance to the Final Four at New Orleans.

Hawaii was seeded sixth while Nebraska was seeded third. Hawaii ended Nebraska’s 63-match home winning streak.

The run was short lived, however, as UH got swept by Stanford in the semifinals.


  1. iGrokSpock December 14, 2020 12:28 pm

    Need to make a correction. Hawaii played Stanford in the semi-final according to the chart.

  2. H-Man December 15, 2020 5:32 am

    You are correct. Hawaii got swept by STANFORD 25-30, 27-30, 24-30.

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