Rainbow Warrior Tennis Team Gears Up for First NCAA Tournament

John Nelson
John Nelson

MANOA (KHNL) -- They were just 5-10 in the regular season.

But the Rainbow Warrior tennis team turned it on, and won their WAC Tournament for the first time in school history. The Rainbow Warrior tennis team accomplished a lot this season.

But they're still hungry for more.

"We have nothing to lose, we're going for it" said John Nelson, Rainbow Warriors head coach. "And honestly, I don't feel content. And I don't think the guys feel content."

Fresh off an historic run through the WAC tournament, the team is now getting ready for the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance.

Rainbow Warriors face 13th ranked Pepperdine in California.

"They're a very good team, good program, but honestly, they're beatable. Everyone is," said Sascha Heinemann.  "We just have to be discipline, not be distracted by the crowd or anybody outside the court, and I think we can do it."

What helps?  Momentum.

Hawaii stumbled its way through a 8-10 season, but won their last six.

"For sure the wins helped us to get confident," said Andy Weber, another team member.  "And the whole team processed, and yeah, we are pretty confident right now."

They're discipline is kicking in, they're getting in their own world, they know what they're supposed to do, and they're getting out and doing it, so they're definitely peaking at the right time."

"It's just another match. It's the same thing," said Weber.  "You just play another match and you just focus again.  I hope everybody steps up and we gonna win it at the end."

Hawaii's first round match against Pepperdine is Saturday morning.

If they win, they'll face the Stanford-UC Santa Barbara winner on Sunday.