No.4 Rainbow Wahine ready for a tough test

Dave Shoji
Dave Shoji
Amber Kaufman
Amber Kaufman

By Jason Tang - bio | email

MANOA (KHNL) - The 4th ranked Rainbow Wahine volleyball team is off to a great start. They're 3-0, and have victories over ranked teams like UCLA and Santa Clara. However, this weekend will be an even bigger test as the Wahine face three top 20 teams beginning tomorrow with No.19 St.Louis.

On Saturday they play 2nd ranked Texas, and wrap up on Sunday against 10th ranked California. However, to Hawaii, rankings, including their own number four, don't mean much.

"Way too high right now, I thought seven was high, but you know Nebraska got beat, Stanford got beat, but those teams are solid and it's early in the year, this thing is going to go back and forth all year," said head coach Dave Shoji.

"They told us not to get attached to it, but I personally think it's really really cool, and it's the highest we've been ranked since I've got here so it's just really nice to see that number in front of us," said Wahine middle Amber Kaufman.

It's also nice for the team to see the return of outside hitter Kanani Danielson.

Danielson went down with an ankle injury in the 2nd game of their UCLA matchup, which made her miss the last couple of practices. But today she's cleared for full practice and ready to pick up where she left off.

"I feel great, the real test will be tomorrow when everybody is ready to play, but for me I got the green light to play, to have a full practice today, but right now I'm feeling good," said Danielson.

"She's the main part of our offense, as well as our defense, and she helps, and she basically is our offense," said hitter Aneli Cubi-Otineru.

All three Hawaii matches of the tournament will air live on pay per view.