The University of Hawai’i women’s sand volleyball team enters its fourth year as a collegiate sport ranked No. 4 in the DiG Collegiate Sand Volleyball Preseason Poll, released Jan. 20. Last season, the Rainbow Wahine finished with a 20-4 record, wrapping up the AVCA National Championship 2-1.
Head Coach Jeff Hall begins first year as head of the Sand Volleyball program, with nine returning from 2014’s squad and nine newcomers joining the Rainbow Wahine. Topping the preseason poll is No. 1 Pepperdine, who has won two national championships in the sport’s first three seasons.
Following the Waves in the poll is No. 2 Florida State, followed by No. 3 USC. Sand Volleyball is the fastest-growing NCAA sport with 50 schools sponsoring it as of this year, and come May, will have its’ first-ever NCAA Division I Championship.
The Rainbow Wahine will open their season hosting Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational, Mar. 6 at Queen’s Beach.