HONOLULU – The 2014 University of Hawai’i women’s volleyball schedule was announced on Thursday and includes 20 home matches at the Stan Sheriff Center. The schedule features 2013 NCAA Tournament participants Arizona State, Oregon, Ohio, Cal State Northridge, and UC Santa Barbara.
The Rainbow Wahine open the season hosting the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational where they will kick off the 2014 campaign against defending Mid-American Conference champion Ohio on Aug. 29. The ‘Bows then play 2013 NCAA participant Arizona State the following night before closing the tournament against San Diego State.
Hawai’i will then host the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic which will run from Sept. 4-6. UH opens the classic against the Oregon Ducks who advanced to the second round of last year’s NCAA Tournament. The Rainbow Wahine will also play New Mexico and St. John’s.
UH wraps up its tournament schedule with the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Volleyball Challenge and a matchup with perennial power and 2011 national champion UCLA. The ‘Bows will also take on Utah State and San Francisco.
The Rainbow Wahine will then begin defense of their Big West Conference title at UC Davis on Sept. 26. The ‘Bows will be gunning for their 20th straight conference championship overall, WAC and Big West combined. UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Northridge, who both shared last season’s league title with Hawai’i, received bids to the NCAA Tournament with Cal State Northridge advancing to the second round.
Head coach Dave Shoji will enter his 40th season for the Rainbow Wahine who went 25-5 last year, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the 32nd time in program history before falling to BYU in the second round. During the season, Shoji got his 1,107th win, setting the all-time mark for women’s volleyball Division I coaching victories.
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