The University of Hawai’i Rainbow Wahine soccer team kicked off fall camp on Wednesday with a spirited practice at the UH practice fields. Amidst a mixture of sunshine and Manoa Mist, the ‘Bows conducted their first of 25 planned training sessions heading into the Aug. 21 season opener versus Stanford.
The one hour and 30 minute practice began with a light warmup before Michele Nagamine, who enters her fifth season as UH head coach, and her staff conducted fitness testing. Testing was followed by technical work and small-sided games before the first half of nine double day sessions came to a close.
One notable storyline is the return of all-region selection and two-time all-Big West honoree Tiana Fujimoto. The Moanalua High School alum suffered a season-ending injury over a year ago and was sideline for all of the 2014 season. Now with a clean bill of health, the redshirt senior is expected to be a vital part of the UH attack. “Coming back was a long, long journey,” said Fujimoto. “I lost 10 pounds of muscle so I had to get that back. Then I had to get back into shape and when I did I felt a little off. Once I got the hang of it this spring it felt so good.”
Along with Fujimoto, the Rainbow Wahine return 17 players from a 2014 squad that includes NSCAA all-region selection Storm Kenui as well as all-conference performers Lidia Battaglia, Kama Pascua, and Sonest Furtado. The preseason also includes a trip to Maui for a clinic and an intersquad scrimmage open to all Valley Isle supporters.