By Jason Tang
MANOA (KHNL) -- It's a big weekend for the University of Hawaii softball team.
Not only do they hope to get back on track after losing their last six straight conference games, they're getting ready to say "Aloha" to five seniors who have anchored the recent success of the program.
Every year, a set of seniors bid farewell to the program they've given heart and soul to.
However, for the 23rd ranked Rainbow Wahine softball team, this year, things are a little different.
"Having three players from Kamehameha, Kate Robinson, Kalauna Gould and Brandi Peiler is very special because that just shows the connection and their desires to stay home and play ball in Hawaii and show the fans that we can play ball over here and then we have Jessica Morton and Valana Manuma rounding out that class and they've developed into their own strong strength of this team," said Bob Coolen, Rainbow Wahine head coach.
Together, the five seniors have elevated the program into national prominence. But they all feel mixed emotions about having things end.
"I'm glad that the season is almost over but at the same time, I know I'm going to miss it, softball has been my life."
"It's been great playing with such close friends, we got to see others succeed, we've seen each other's great moments on the field."
"I've never been on a team where it's so much family, here it's I'm not just leaving my seniors and fellow teammates, I'm leaving their families as well."
"It's our last series with them, it's gonna be sad to see all of us go."
"I just hope we can go out with a bang and share it with our senior class as well as our team."
The Rainbow Wahine's last series begins Saturday against conference rival Utah State, with the seniors being honored on Sunday.
This weekend's series won't be the last time fans can see the Wahine in action though.
Next week UH will host the tournament for the first time in school history, tickets are already on sale at the box office or online - or you can buy them on game day at the stadium.
Hawaii News Now
420 Waiakamilo Road, Suite 205
Honolulu, HI 96817
Main (808) 847-3246
News (808) 847-1112