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Rainbow Wahine softball players return home

Tracy Yoshikawa Tracy Yoshikawa
Alex Aguirre Alex Aguirre
Bob Coolen Bob Coolen

By Ben Gutierrez - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After nearly a month on the road, a road that included their first-ever stop at the World Series, the University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine softball team is back home.

A handful of fans greeted the returning team members at Honolulu Airport Monday afternoon.

The players say that although the trip was long, it was enjoyable. However, they're still glad to be home.

"We've been gone for so long. It's good to be back," outfielder Tracy Yoshikawa said, adding, "And a home cooked meal would be good."

Shortstop Jessica Iwata said the team stayed "in seven different hotels over five different states, I think. It just feels great to be home."

At the World Series in Oklahoma City, the Wahine upset Number One ranked Alabama, but then lost to UCLA and Arizona in the double-elimination tournament. But the players and their coach were proud of their season.

"We really put our best foot forward, and it was enough -- it was more than enough. It got us to the World Series," said outfielder Alex Aguirre. "that's the epitome of softball. That's where you want to be."

"You have the team set their goals and expectations in the locker room," Coach Bob Coolen said. "Sometimes you never see those goals and expectations, and I heard that their goal was always to reach the World Series. And they did that."

Players are looking forward to next year, but will first take a well-deserved break.

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