(Hawaii Athletics) - The University of Hawai'i women's volleyball team opens its 2019 season with the 31st Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic (Aug. 30 - Sept. 1). Coming to open their seasons in Honolulu are No. 21 San Diego, St. John's, and No. 13 Washington. 

Head coach Robyn Ah Mow enters her third season at the helm of the Rainbow Wahine program. Last season, she led UH to a 18-9 overall record while finishing second in the Big West with a 14-2 record for the second straight season. She and her staff led Hawai'i to the program's 37th overall and 26th-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. 

The Rainbow Wahine return seven letterwinners, but just one starter--senior setter Norene Iosia. Iosia was a pivotal key to UH's success last season as she expanded her role to include outside hitting duties combined with her normal setting responsibilities. She finished the year second in the NCAA with four triple-doubles while being second on the UH team with 477 assists, 212 kills, 301 digs, and 57 blocks. She recorded a team-high 16 double-doubles while also finishing third on the squad with 26 service aces.

Looking to fill the void left by the graduation of seven Rainbow Wahine (Tita Akiu, Natasha Burns, Casey Castillo, McKenna Granato, Angel Gaskin, Faith Ma'afala and Sarah Liva)  who all saw significant playing time. This year's team features nine newcomers--including five freshman and four Pac-12 transfers--who are all vying for a spot in the lineup. Look for several of the newcomers to make an immediate impact on the team.


HAWAIIAN AIRLINES RAINBOW WAHINE CLASSIC schedule
Friday, Aug. 30
4:45 pm St. John's vs. Washington
7:00 pm HAWAI'I vs. SAN DIEGO

Saturday, Aug. 31
4:45 pm Washington vs. San Diego
7:00 pm HAWAI'I vs. St. John's

Sunday, Sept. 1
2:45 pm St. John's vs. San Diego
5:00 pm HAWAI'I vs. WASHINGTON

HAWAIIAN AIRLINES RAINBOW WAHINE CLASSIC
TEAMS:  Hawai'i (0-0 Big West), No. 21 San Diego (0-0 West Coast), St. John's (0-0 Big East), No. 13 Washington (0-0 Pac-12)
SITE: Stan Sheriff Center (10,300) - Honolulu, O'ahu
Promotions: Tournament-sponsor Hawaiian Airlines will distribute UH Rainbow Wahine Volleyball roster cards and award branded merchandise and more throughout the entire weekend. There will be an autograph session with the Rainbow Wahine volleyball team following Sunday's match at Gate B.
Ticket Promotions:
  • "Pack the House":  50% off tickets for opening night on Friday vs. #21 San Diego.  Tickets are in special sections and supplies are limited. Tickets are available online, at the Stan Sheriff Center Box Office, or by calling 944-2697.  (Promo expires on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 11:59 p.m. HT).  Other restrictions may apply.
  • •UH season-ticket holders in all UH sports will receive 50% off select adult tickets (maximum of eight) to all matches of the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic. A valid identification card is required when purchasing tickets at the Stan Sheriff Center Box Office. Tickets are in special sections and supplies are limited. Other restrictions may apply.

TICKETS: Tickets can be purchased at Stan Sheriff Center Ticket Office, online at ETicketHawaii.com, or by phone at (808) 944-2697 (BOWS). 

TELEVISION: Spectrum Sports will televise UH's matches this week with Kanoa Leahey (play-by-play) and Chris McLachlin (color). The pregame/post-game show will feature Scott Robbs, Lisa Strand Ma'a, & Dave Shoji for the first two matches. Ryan Kalei Tsuji will be apart of Sunday's broadcast. Fans in Hawai'i can watch on Spectrum channels 16 (SD) and 1016 (HD).
STREAMING VIDEO: BigWest.tv (Must be a Spectrum cable subscriber to stream in Hawai'i).
RADIO: All of UH's matches this week will be aired on ESPN Honolulu (1420 AM/92.7 FM). Tiff Wells (play-by-play)
AUDIO WEBCAST: Listen live online at ESPNHonolulu.com / Sideline Hawaii app
LIVE STATS: HawaiiAthletics.com