Last November a tough five set loss to Baylor in the NCAA Tournament ending the 2018 season for the UH women's volleyball team while also losing seven seniors to graduation. A lot of key spots to fill but a successful off season has them right where they want to be. 

The first kids camp of the summer will go on until Thursday and then the month of July an absolute jammed pack schedule. A very busy off season for this Rainbow Wahine volleyball program adding three transfers that could make an impact right away and five very good freshman recruits. As head coach Robin Ah Mow puts it they opened their boundaries like they haven't done in recent years.

Schedule and how to sign up for 39th annual Rainbow Wahine volleyball camp: https://hawaiiathletics.com/news/2019/5/28/39th-annual-rainbow-wahine-volleyball-camps-skill-sessions-set.aspx

From Baton Rouge to Sweden, and OH Canada.

"Still going after the blue chip players and if they don't want to then we are just going to keep going," Robin Ah Mow said.

It did not matter where they were from it was just about bringing the best talent to this Rainbow Wahine volleyball program.

"We went out and just looked for the best players and if they wanted to come. Instead of just localizing to the west coast," Ah Mow said.

Mission accomplished bringing in five stand out true freshman.

"I think some of them will help us this year," Ah Mow said.

6'2 outside hitter in Hanna Hellvig who brings in nearly 20 matches of experience from the Sweden senior national team.

6'3 middle blocker Amber Igiede, a four time all state selection in Louisiana, and a top 10 hitting percentage in the nation.

 Riley Wagoner who was named the state of Ohio's player of the year.

Tiffany Westerberg the top ranked middle blocker in British Columbia.

Finally from right here at home there is Braelyn Akana out of Kamehameha.Her mother is Jocelyn Robins Akana, a former Rainbow Wahine stand out when Coach Ah Mow was a player but Braelyn is a top notch player in her own right.

Has it set in that your a rainbow wahine now?

"I think now it is settling in, we started working out last week so I'm starting to feel it a lot more," Akana said.

Not just a loaded freshman class coming in but three transfers with experience at top programs. Two from the Oregon Ducks in Kyra Hanawahine a Kamehameha grad as well as Jolie Rasmussen, an injury last season but in her first two seasons she was a Pac-12 honorable mention selection for the Ducks.

The last of the eight is Bailey Choy, a former Iolani stand out and a senior transfer from Utah, bringing familiarity as well as filling a need on this roster.

"Played club volleyball for me and I think she is an awesome addition. Actually we needed another setter we only had Norene, so it's awesome," Ah Mow said.