UH Women's Volleyball Releases 2019 Schedule
University of Hawai'i women's volleyball head coach Robyn Ah Mow released the team's 2019 schedule, which includes 17 home matches at the Stan Sheriff Center and 10 road games.
(Hawaii Athletics) - University of Hawai'i women's volleyball head coach Robyn Ah Mow released the team's 2019 schedule, which includes 17 home matches at the Stan Sheriff Center and 10 road games. The non-conference schedule features a challenging slate including teams from nine different conferences with six schools earning tickets to the 2018 NCAA Tournament—San Diego, Washington, Denver, Missouri, Baylor, and Cal Poly.
Hawai'i will begin the season hosting the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic from August 30-September 1. The tourney will feature San Diego (WCC), St. John's (Big East), and Washington (Pac-12), a team to be announced. Last year, both San Diego and Washington advanced to the NCAA Regionals.
The 'Bows will then host the Rainbow Wahine Invitational from September 5-8. Army (Patriot League), Sacramento State (Big Sky) and Denver (Summit) will all be coming to Honolulu. It will be the first time that the Rainbow Wahine will face Army and Denver. Hawai'i has only faced Sacramento State once in 1996.
The third and final home tournament is the Outrigger Resorts and Hotels Volleyball Challenge. West Virginia (Big 12), Utah Valley State (WAC), and UCLA (Pac-12) will be coming to Honolulu from Sept. 12-14. It will be the first meeting between UH and West Virginia and just the third against Utah Valley. UCLA will make its return to Hawai'i after missing last year's season opening tournament due to Hurricane Lane, which threatened the islands last fall.
The Rainbow Wahine will finish their non-conference schedule, traveling to Waco, Texas to compete in a tournament hosted by Baylor. UH will first take on Missouri on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 8:00 a.m. HT. The 'Bows will then battle Baylor on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 9:00 a.m. HT. Last year, Baylor outlasted UH in the first round of the NCAA tournament, 3-2 in Eugene, Ore. It will be the first non-conference tournament for the Rainbow Wahine since participating in the Shocker Volleyball Classic hosted by Wichita State in 2013.
UH will once again have 16 conference matches—eight each home and away. Hawai'i will open their Big West schedule on the road, facing Long Beach State at the Walter Pyramid on Sept. 27 and at CSUN in the Matadome o Saturday, Sept. 28. The 'Bows will host their conference home opener against UC Irvine on Thursday, Oct. 3 followed by a match against Cal State Fullerton on Saturday, Oct. 5. UH will head back on the road to take on Cal Poly on Friday, Oct. 11 and UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, Oct. 12 then return home for the final two matches of the first round against UC Riverside on Friday, Oct, 18 and UC Davis on Saturday, Oct. 19. Hawai'i will begin the second round of conference matches at Cal State Fullerton on Friday, Oct. 25 and UC Irvine on Saturday, Oct. 26. The 'Bows then return to the Stan Sheriff Center to host UCSB on Friday, Nov. 1 and Cal Poly Sunday, Nov. 3. The 'Bows will take their final regular season roadtrip to take on UC Davis on Friday Nov. 8 and UC Riverside at 12:00p.m. HT on Sunday, Nov. 10. UH will close out its regular season with its final homestand facing CSUN on Thursday, Nov. 21 and on Senior Night UH will battle Long Beach State on Friday, Nov. 22.
The 2019 Rainbow Wahine return seven letterwinners, including three-time all-Big West selection Norene Iosia. Joining the 'Bows in 2019 are a pair of transfers from Oregon—Kyra Hanawahine and Jolie Rasmussen—plus a quintet of highly touted freshman. Last year, UH recorded an 18-9 record and 14-2 in conference. Hawai'i advanced to the NCAA tournament for the 37th time overall and the 26th-consecutive time.