HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The 2016 University of Hawai'i women's volleyball team announced its schedule for the upcoming season which includes 19 home matches at the Stan Sheriff Center. The schedule features a challenging slate of top-notch competition including Arizona, Kansas State, Wisconsin, Missouri State, UCLA, and Washington-all of whom competed in the 2015 NCAA Tournament.
Hawai'i will begin the season with the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational, Aug. 26-28 with Arizona, Kansas State and Wisconsin. The Badgers fell to Florida in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament and finished ranked No. 10 in the final AVCA poll.
The Rainbow Wahine will then host the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic from Sept. 1-3. Competing in the second tourney of the year will be Missouri State, Pacific and UCLA. Both Missouri State and UCLA both advanced to last year's NCAA tournament with the Bruins finishing the year ranked No. 12.
The 'Bows will finish their non-conference tournaments with the Outrigger Resorts Volleyball Challenge. The tourney begins with a single match between Hawai'i vs. Utah Valley on Thursday, Sept. 8. On Friday, Sept. 9, Washington will take on Utah Valley at 4:45 pm and UH will play Northern Illinois at 7:00 pm. Hawai'i will have the day off on Saturday, Sept. 10 but NIU will play two matches against UVU and UW at 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm respectively. Hawai'i will end the tournament with a match against Washington-who finished last season ranked No. 6 after seeing their season close in the Elite Eight against Nebraska.
Hawai'i will play two matches against Pepperdine on Sept. 16 and 17 in their final tune-up before beginning Big West Conference play the following week. The Waves are coached by former UH associate head coach, Scott Wong.
The 2015 Rainbow Wahine squad advanced to the NCAA Regional Final in Des Moines, Iowa and finished the season with a 29-2 overall record. Hawai'i went undefeated at 16-0 to capture its eighth Big West Conference title and their 24th overall conference crown. It is UH's third Big West title in four seasons since rejoining the league in 2012. In the NCAA tournament, the 'Bows held off TCU in the opening round before sweeping both SEC champion, No. 15/10th-seeded Texas A&M and two-time defending NCAA champions, No. 8/7th-seeded Penn State before falling to No. 4/2nd-seeded Minnesota in four sets. UH will need to fill the void left by All-American middle hitter Olivia Magill and all-BWC outside hitter Tai Manu-Olevao, but the 'Bows will be led by senior All-American opposite Nikki Taylor and senior setter Tayler Higgins.
Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational
Aug. 26 Hawai'i vs. Wisconsin 7:00 pm
Aug. 27 Hawai'i vs. Kansas State 7:00 pm
Aug. 28 Hawai'i vs. Arizona 5:00 pm
Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic
Sept. 1 Hawai'i vs. Missouri State 7:00 pm
Sept. 2 Hawai'i vs. Pacific 7:00 pm
Sept. 3 Hawai'i vs. UCLA 7:00 pm
Outrigger Resorts Volleyball Challenge
Sept. 8 Hawai'i vs. Utah Valley 7:00 pm
Sept. 9 Hawai'i vs. Northern Illinois 7:00 pm
Sept. 11 Hawai'i vs. Washington 5:00 pm
Sept. 16 Pepperdine 7:00 pm
Sept. 17 Pepperdine 7:00 pm
Sept. 23 at UC Santa Barbara* 7:00 pm
Sept. 24 at Cal Poly* 7:00 pm
Sept. 30 Cal State Fullerton* 7:00 pm
Oct. 2 UC Riverside* 5:00 pm
Oct. 6 at CSUN* 7:00 pm
Oct. 8 at Long Beach State* 7:00 pm
Oct. 14 UC Irvine* 7:00 pm
Oct. 16 UC Davis* 5:00 pm
Oct. 28 at UC Riverside* 7:00 pm
Oct. 29 at Cal State Fullerton* 7:00 pm
Nov. 4 Long Beach State* 7:00 pm
Nov. 5 CSUN* 7:00 pm
Nov. 10 at UC Irvine* 7:00 pm
Nov. 12 at UC Davis* 7:00 pm
Nov. 17 Cal Poly* 7:00 pm
Nov. 19 UC Santa Barbara* 7:00 pm
Dec. 1-3 NCAA 1st and 2nd Round TBA
Dec. 9-10 NCAA Regional TBA
Dec. 15-17 NCAA Finals Columbus, Ohio